Cowboys vs. Rams
Saturday at Hawaii,” 10 p.m. ET (NFL Network)
Free NFL Pick: Cowboys ATS
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Aloha Stadium in Hawaii used to be the host of this AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. That’s no longer the case as the game is going to be located in the far less desirable location of Orlando for its fourth consecutive season come late January the week before the Super Bowl.
But fans in Hawaii will have to find another sort of meaningless football this Saturday if the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams face off in Week two of the preseason out of Aloha Stadium. It is the first NFL exhibition game in Hawaii’s largest outdoor arena since 1976. Playing in unique locations throughout the preseason is nothing new for Dallas beneath owner Jerry Jones since the Cowboys have also played exhibition games from London, Toronto, Tokyo, Mexico City and Monterrey. Guess they aren’t simply America’s Team.
For what it’s worth, and I would say nothing, the Rams defeat the visiting Cowboys in the Divisional Round of previous season’s playoffs, 30-22. CJ Anderson rushed for 123 yards and 2 scores and Todd Gurley 115 yards and a touchdown. Jared Goff threw for 186 yards. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown. You won’t see any of these men on Saturday. Anderson is now with the Detroit Lions. Rams coach Sean McVay certainly doesn’t provide a **t on the preseason as he likes to break his key men to ensure health for the regular season. So, no Goff or even Gurley (not even traveling to Hawaii to save wear and tear in his knee) or NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald or possibly a single starter will play. The Rams have been 4-5 straight up and ATS beneath McVay in exhibition games after dropping last week 14-3 at Oakland (which you likely watched highlights off on”Hard Knocks”).
Blake Bortles started that match to the Rams and has been 3-for-8 for 50 yards and is anticipated to begin again Saturday although likely not play a lot. The Rams must give the majority of the quarterback slips again to young players John Wolford and Brandon Allen. Those two are battling for the No. 3 job. Backup running Malcolm Brown also didn’t play last week or is anticipated to at all this preseason. If it comes to the Rams, simply assume nobody you’ve heard of would play.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett clearly doesn’t take care of the preseason, possibly, according to his own 12-22 career straight-up record. The Cowboys were winless at the 2018 preseason and then dropped 17-9 at San Francisco last Saturday. Quarterback Dak Prescott did perform a series and led the group into a field goal, finishing 4-for-4 for 23 yards. I would guess he only plays with a string Saturday. Cooper Rush and Mike White will observe the majority of the time since they struggle to win the No. 2 project. Hurry, an undrafted free agent, was with the Cowboys since 2017. White, a fifth-round pick in 2018, was about the 53-man roster last year but has been inactive for every game.
Elliott, of course, remains away from the club demanding a contract extension. There. Among other Cowboys who will not play or make the trip: Zack Martin, Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones.
Together with the holding essentially everybody back, can’t help but slim Dallas here.