Cowboys vs. Rams
Saturday in Hawaii,” 10 p.m. ET (NFL Network)
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Aloha Stadium in Hawaii used to be the annual host of this AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. That is no longer the case since the match is going to be found at the less desirable location of Orlando for its fourth consecutive season come late January the week before the Super Bowl.
But fans in Hawaii will get to find another sort of unworthy soccer this Saturday if the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams face off in Week 2 of the preseason in Aloha Stadium. It is the first NFL exhibition game at Hawaii’s biggest outdoor stadium since 1976. Playing unique locations throughout the preseason is not anything new for Dallas under owner Jerry Jones since the Cowboys also have played exhibition matches in London, Toronto, Tokyo, Mexico City and Monterrey. Guess they aren’t simply America’s Team.
For what it is worth, and I would say , the Rams beat the visiting Cowboys at the Divisional Round of last season’s playoffs, 30-22. CJ Anderson rushed for 123 yards and two 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 guys on Saturday. Anderson is currently with the Detroit Lions. Rams coach Sean McVay certainly does not provide a s**t all about the preseason because he likes to break his key guys to ensure health for the regular season. Thus, no Goff or Gurley (not traveling to Hawaii to save wear and tear on his knee) or two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald or maybe one starter will playwith. The Rams have been 4-5 straight up and ATS beneath McVay in exhibition matches after losing last week 14-3 at Oakland (which you probably watched highlights off “Hard Knocks”).
Blake Bortles started that game for the Rams and was 3-for-8 for 50 yards and is predicted to start again Saturday although likely not play a lot. The Rams must give the majority of the quarterback snaps to young players John Wolford and Brandon Allen. These two are fighting for the No. 3 job. Backup running back Malcolm Brown also did not play last week or is expected to at all this preseason. If it comes to the Rams, simply assume nobody you have heard of would perform.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett obviously doesn’t take care of the preseason, possibly, as noted by his 12-22 career straight-up record. The Cowboys were winless in the 2018 preseason and then dropped 17-9 at San Francisco last Saturday. Quarterback Dak Prescott did perform a series and led the group to a field goal, finishing 4-for-4 for 23 yards. I would guess he only plays a series Saturday. Cooper Rush and Mike White will watch the majority of the time since they battle to win the No. 2 job. Rush, an undrafted free agent, has been with the Cowboys because 2017. White, a fifth-round pick in 2018, was on the 53-man roster last year but was inactive for every game.
Elliott, obviously, stays away in the club demanding a contract expansion. There is no chance he’s playing at the preseason. One of some other Cowboys who wont play make the trip: Zack Martin, Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones.
With the Rams holding basically everyone back, can not help but slim Dallas here.
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