The final match of a busy day in the NFL is as ever the Sunday Night Football and the first SNF of the season comes from the SoFi Stadium, the new home of the Los Angeles Rams as they host the Dallas Cowboys to start the campaign for both teams.
These two sides are expected to be deeply involved in the shake up in the NFC when the play-offs come around so this is a chance for both teams to showcase their talents and lay a bit of a marker down for what might be to come.
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams are under pressure to start well this season not just because they are in a new home in what is a hotbed for sport but also because if they harbour hopes of getting to the play-offs and going deep in them they need to be out of the blocks and putting pressure on the other teams in what is a loaded division. It isn’t going to be easy for Sean McVay and his new coordinators though because so much has changed since last season.
The salary cap hasn’t done the Rams a huge amount of favours and as a result they have offloaded Todd Gurley which has left them a little open in the running back department. Some key defenders have left as well and they look a bit light in the middle which could be a problem when they face one of the best running backs in the league. The flip side is that they have plenty of weapons in the air for Jared Goff to feast on.
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It has been all change at the Dallas Cowboys in terms of the coaching. Jason Garrett bit the dust for not making the most of the tools at his disposal and he has been replaced by Super Bowl champion coach Mike McCarthy. It will be interesting to see how he goes about managing the expectation of Americas Team but you would think he will be happy to ride the offensive weapons he has inherited and look to overpower sides.
He might need to do that because the Dallas secondary does look like it is an issue, as it has been for a while now so there might be an element of fighting fire with fire. Dallas pounded the Rams on the ground last season and Ezekiel Elliott looks like being a big player for them again here with the way the two teams match up. A convincing performance and result would really get everyone in Dallas believing again.
I like the over here. I think these two offerses match up very nicely to the opposing defence so I’m expecting to see a lot of points in this one. I’ve mentioned all weekend so far that defences are gassing quite quickly with the lack of pre-season and the training camps being affected by Covid and that continues to ring true, as we saw with a number of high scoring matches in the early games that were played on Sunday, and not always in games where you would have expected it.
I expect these to be two high scoring teams this season anyway and when you think LA will be amped up playing in their new stadium for the first time and Dallas should be buzzing for being on primetime this just looks like the perfect opportunity for both the offenses to show what they have got. I would say the points line looks a little on the low side at 51.5 as this one could easily spark into life with the big game players on show.
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