The Rams Start Off As 2.5 Point Home Underdogs vs. Cowboys

by Jake Ellenbogen
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The Los Angeles Rams are finally going to play at SoFi Stadium which has been being worked on since the Rams announced their plan to move back to Los Angeles and build a brand new stadium complex that will house the team as well as the Los Angeles Chargers and the NFL Network. The Rams have had multiple delays due to weather and so a stadium that was originally supposed to be ready last year was pushed back to 2020. Now, the Rams with a new-look roster will kick off the season on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys likely got the nod and the honors of being the first away team to play at SoFi due to the work owner Jerry Jones did in order to make this dream stadium a reality. With that being said, the Rams open up as underdogs by 2.5 points at home against the Cowboys who many believe can win a Super Bowl this year in what could be the final season Dak Prescott spends with the team.

Dallas had themselves just as much of a transformative off-season as the Rams did. Both teams added new personnel to the coaching staff and the Cowboys even added a new Head coach altogether. They signed the likes of safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, defensive tackle Dontari Poe and drafted big-name wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, cornerback Trevon Diggs and defensive tackle Neville Gallimore.

On the Rams side of things, there was more subtraction than there was an addition. The Rams released star running back Todd Gurley, released outside linebacker Clay Matthews, failed to re-sign linebacker Cory Littleton, watched safety Eric Weddle retire and traded away star wide receiver, Brandin Cooks. The team was quick to try and replace the two skill positions in the draft with two mid-second picks spent on running back Cam Akers and wide receiver Van Jefferson. The Rams also tried to replace Matthews by selecting Terrell Lewis in the third and tried to replace Utah great Weddle with another Utah stud safety Terrell Burgess. As far as free agency went, the Rams brought back defensive tackle Michael Brockers, signed defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and signed outside linebacker Leonard Floyd to the roster.

When the SoFi opener kicks off one would expect both teams to find themselves struggling to set the tone with their defenses both going through schematic changes. However, on offense, this game should be quite the shootout. Both offenses want to test teams vertically judging by the talent on both sides. Goff is going to have a myriad of receiving targets such as Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, aforementioned Jefferson, Josh Reynolds, rising-star tight end Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett. Prescott on the other hand will be throwing to the likes of Amari Cooper, aforementioned Lamb, Michael Gallup and tight end Blake Jarwin.

At the end of the day, it is a little surprising to see the Rams almost three-point underdogs at home when the standard is a three-point favorite at home. This, however, should be the theme of this year for the Rams. Let’s not forget the Rams were in the Super Bowl a year, four months and nine days ago. They are going to welcome the “hate” and the disbelief in them. It all starts week one by avenging last year’s disturbing loss versus the Cowboys and doing it to kick off a new era in their team’s history at SoFi Stadium.

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