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 was the annual host of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. That’s no longer the case since the game will be found in the much less desirable location of Orlando for the fourth straight season come late January the week until the Super Bowl.
However, enthusiasts in Hawaii will get to see yet another sort of unworthy soccer this Saturday when the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams face off in Week two of the preseason out of Aloha Stadium. It’s the first NFL exhibition game at Hawaii’s biggest outdoor arena since 1976. Playing in unique locations throughout the preseason is nothing new for Dallas beneath owner Jerry Jones as the Cowboys have also played exhibition games in London, Toronto, Tokyo, Mexico City and Monterrey. Guess they are not just America’s Team.
For what it is worth, and I would say , the Rams defeat the visiting Cowboys from the Divisional Round of previous season’s play, 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 find any of these men on Saturday. Anderson is currently with the Detroit Lions. Rams coach Sean McVay clearly doesn’t give a **t on the preseason as he likes to rest his key men to guarantee health for the regular season. Thus, no Goff or Gurley (not traveling to Hawaii to save wear and tear in his knee) or NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald or maybe a single starter will perform with. The Rams have been 4-5 straight up and ATS beneath McVay in exhibition matches after losing last week 14-3 at Oakland (that you probably watched highlights off “Hard Knocks”).
Blake Bortles established that game to the Rams and was 3-for-8 for 50 yards and is forecast to begin again Saturday although likely not play much. The Rams must give most of the quarterback slides again to youthful players John Wolford and Brandon Allen. Those two are battling for the No. 3 job. Backup running back Malcolm Brown also did not play weekly or is anticipated to at all this preseason. If it comes to the Rams, simply assume no one you have heard of will play.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett obviously does not take care of the preseason, possibly, as noted by his own 12-22 career straight-up record. The Cowboys were winless at the 2018 preseason and then lost 17-9 at San Francisco last Saturday. Quarterback Dak Prescott failed perform a series and directed the group into a field goal, completing 4-for-4 for 23 yards. I would guess he only plays with a string Saturday. Cooper Rush and Mike White will see most of the time as they struggle to win the No. 2 job. Rush, an undrafted free agent, has been with the Cowboys because 2017. White, a fifth-round choice in 2018, was around the 53-man roster last season but was inactive for every game.
Elliott, of course, stays away in the club demanding a contract extension. There is no chance he is playing at the preseason. Among a number other Cowboys who won’t play make the trip: Zack Martin, Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones.
Together with the Rams holding essentially everyone back, can’t help but slender Dallas here.