On Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams will enjoy their Week 2 preseason game from the tropical state of Hawaii. The two teams will meet in a preseason tilt from Honolulu as both squads are looking to bounce back from losses in Week 1. It’s anyone’s guess as to how many starters will play for each team. However, with enough stars on both rosters, this game has the potential to be exciting for the locals, fans of both teams, and sports bettors. Kickoff for the Cowboys vs Rams game inside Aloha Stadium is at 10 PM ET.
|Betting Data||Dallas Cowboys||Los Angeles Rams|
|2019 S/U Preseason Record||0-1||0-1|
|2018 ATS Home||5-3-1||3-5|
|2018 ATS Away||4-5||4-3-1|
|2018 O/U Home||6-3||2-6|
|2018 O/U Away||3-6||5-3|
The Cowboys and Rams have a notable history against each other dating back to the 1960s. These two squads have played each other 34 times in the regular and postseason with each team winning 17 games apiece. However, it’s the Rams with a 5-4 advantage in postseason games, including a win in the 2018 NFL Playoffs this past January.
Saturday’s game marks the third time the two squads will face off in the preseason over the last four years. The Rams won the last two preseason battles, but both games were played in Los Angeles. This game will be played at a neutral site where the Rams are still considered the “home team.”
Dallas (0-1) has lost five straight preseason games and continues to be mired in off-field contractual issues with star running back Ezekiel Elliott. They only scored 9 points against the 49ers last week, but did start off well with their starters. Unfortunately, they showed very little depth to their roster and gave up the lead.
Los Angeles (0-1) is now 4-5 in the preseason under head coach Sean McVay. However, one of those wins did come against the Cowboys in 2017 when Los Angeles won by a score of 13-10. The Rams are coming off a poor showing against the Raiders last week as they rested most of their starters and could only muster up 3 points all game long.
The Rams opened as a 3-point favorite with most online betting sites. However, that line moved significantly as the Rams are now getting one point as the underdog at the majority of NFL betting sites. The over/under opened at 42 points and has gone up to 43.5 total points with most sports betting sites.
This game will come down to the depth of both rosters, as starters will only play a maximum of one quarter. With that said, bettors also have to factor in how many points the starting units will score before giving way to the backups. This factor came true with the Cowboys last week as they got out to a 6-0 lead with their top units and even took a 9-7 lead into halftime. Unfortunately, their depth was exploited by the 49ers as Dallas ended up allowing 10 fourth quarter points to San Francisco and lost the game.
This week, I would imagine that Dallas’ starting unit plays for almost all of the first quarter. So, we will get to see what life may look like without franchise running back Ezekiel Elliott who continues to hold out. For the Cowboys, they will have to contend with a decent Rams defense that should play many starters as well. Defensively, the Cowboys might have to face the Rams top offensive unit minus Gurley.
The Rams have no intentions of playing star running back Todd Gurley in the preseason, but they could allow Goff and his other offensive weapons to get some playing time. Last week, none of them played against the Raiders. In fact, the only legit starting scoring weapon that played against Oakland was kicker Greg Zuerlein, and he scored the team’s only points of the game.
This week, I see both starting offenses putting some points on the board, but then it will fall on the shoulder pads of the backups to decide the outcome of this game. After looking at the depth of both teams last week, I feel more confident in the Rams winning this game.
Dallas is 0-5 SU in their last five preseason games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games, 1-4 SU in their last five games against the Rams, and 0-5 ATS in their last five games against the NFC West. Dallas is also 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games played on Saturdays. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last five NFC games and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall games.
Although this game is played in Hawaii, the home team has gone 5-2 ATS in their last seven head-to-head meetings. The Rams are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games as the home team, which they are officially listed as the home team for this game.
Regardless of what lead the starters get in the first half of this game, I expect Dallas’ depth to be a problem for them once again in Week 2. I believe they will give up any potential lead in the second half, which will allow the Rams to come back and win. If the Rams are leading at halftime, then I expect that lead to increase in the second half and the Cowboys to lose by double digits.
For now, I’m taking the Rams to win the Cowboys vs Rams game outright and capitalizing on their moneyline of +115 odds.
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