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Dallas Cowboys Odds
The Mike McCarthy era kicks off as Dallas hopes to revitalize its club after reaching the playoffs in just three of the past 10 seasons. The offensive formula should be familiar — relying on young stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
Prescott, now in his fifth season as a starting quarterback, was brilliant with career bests of 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2019. Elliott rushed for 1,357 yards last season, his third-best total in four NFL seasons. Elliott’s 1,777 scrimmage yards were second most in the league.
One of the tasks for Dallas is keeping young star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch healthy. He played in just nine games last season and suffered a season-ending neck injury that raised concerns because it wasn’t his first time sustaining that type of health challenge. He had 72 stops before being shut down after compiling 140 as a rookie.
Linebacker Jaylon Smith racked up a team-Linebacker Jaylon Smith racked up a team-high 142 stops and he is primed for another big season. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence had just five sacks after totaling 25 over the previous two campaigns.
Los Angeles Rams Odds
The Rams are looking to rebound from a lackluster 9-7 season in which the Super Bowl hangover never seemed to evaporate. The crisp, exciting team that lost in the Super Bowl one year earlier rarely showed, and among the players the team parted ways with was injury-prone running back Todd Gurley.
Los Angeles will replace Gurley by committee. There are no concerns about quarterback Jared Goff after he passed for 4,638 yards last season to become the first Rams’ signal-caller to top 4,500 yards in back-to-back seasons. Wideouts Cooper Kupp (94 catches) and Robert Woods (90) each had career-best reception totals last season.
Los Angeles traded for cornerback Jalen Ramsey during last season and they signed him to a five-year, $105 million extension on Wednesday that solidifies he will be the key figure in the back end. Ramsey has 10 career interceptions.
The leader of the unit remains star defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who had 12.5 sacks last season to become the fourth player since 1982 with eight or more sacks in each of his first six NFL seasons. Safety Taylor Rapp displayed good promise with 99 tackles last season as a rookie.
Cowboys at Rams Betting Pick for Week 1
Dallas looked really solid while routing the Rams 44-21 last season and has won four of the past five regular-season meetings. But look for Los Angeles to find the momentum of opening a new stadium — even without fans — to provide a significant boost.
Cowboys at Rams Betting Pick: Cowboys (-3), Rams (+3)
Rams 37, Cowboys 27
Cowboys at Rams Best Bet
Look for both teams to light up the new scoreboards at Sofi Stadium and have solid offensive production throughout the contest.
Cowboys at Rams Best Bet: OVER 51.5