NFL Betting Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs. LA Rams – Saturday, August 17, 2019

by Aug 17, 2019NFL

Matchup at a Glance

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:00 PM

Where: Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii

Point Spread: Dallas Cowboys -3

Betting Total: 39

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The Dallas Cowboys are listed as 3-point road favorites against the Los Angeles Rams in week 2 of the preseason. 

The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to have everyone ready to go by the start of the regular season despite missing two of their best offensive players.  

Ezekiel Elliott is holding out for a new contract and Amari Cooper being sidelined with an injury.

The Cowboys lost their first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 9-17. The Los Angeles Rams are the defending NFC champions and still look to have one of the better overall teams again this season in the NFC.

The Rams lost their first preseason game against the Oakland Raiders by a score of 3-14. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Los Angeles Rams. 

Los Angeles Rams 

The Los Angeles Rams were dependent on the play of Todd Gurley last season, and after he was unable to be a full go for most of the 2nd half of the season, the Rams stopped scoring as much compared to their pace in the first half of the season.

Gurley is likely never going to be 100% again, so they addressed that by adding rooking running back Darrell Henderson in the draft.

Jared Goff has had two good seasons now in Sean McVay’s system and has a solid group of receivers on the team with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks.

The Rams lost their first preseason game to the Oakland Raiders by a score of 3-14. John Wolford led the team in passing completing 6 of 8 passes for 54 years. Darrell Henderson led the team in rushing with 13 yards on 6 carries. Khadarel Hodge led the team in receiving with 3 receptions on 6 targets for 48 yards.

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Dallas Cowboys 

The Dallas Cowboys have the talent on the roster to make a Super Bowl run but they need to have Ezekiel Elliott end his holdout or come to an extension for them to continue to be one of the better offenses in the NFL. 

Dak Prescott was offered a 30 million a year contract extension but turned it down because he wants to be paid 40 million a year, which seems a bit high.

Amari Cooper is another key part of the offense that is looking for an extension but knows he is likely third in line for the new contract behind Prescott and Elliott and is on the sideline due to an injury.

The Cowboys lost their week 1 preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 9-17. Cooper Rush led the team in passing completing 16 of 26 passes for 142 yards. Mike Weber led the team in rushing with 18 yards on 6 carries. Devin Smith led the team in receiving with 3 receptions of 6 targets for 54 yards. 

Rams Win at Home

The Cowboys are likely to let Prescott play the first few series of the game before pulling him and splitting time the rest of the game with Cooper Rush and Mike White who were decent but not great in week 1. The Rams on the other hand struggled mightily against the Raiders in week 1 scoring only 3 points.

They are likely going to let the majority of their starters rest in this game as well but Blake Bortles who is almost a perfect fit for this offense is likely going to see the first quarter and because of that I like the Rams in week 2 against the Cowboys with the points. 

Spooky Express Free Play – LA Rams +3

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