I'm not an advocate of laying more than a field goal in pre-season
games. But that's not a hard and fast rule, and under the right
circumstances it's easy to make an exception. I believe this
opening week NFLx contest between the Cowboys and Rams falls into
The most important aspect for me early in the pre-season is trying
to isolate teams that will likely have some real reason to want to
win, even if the result doesn't count in the standings. I have a
check mark next to the Rams for a rather obvious reason. They're
looking to make an immediate splash in their new LA digs, and
getting a win against the always high profile Cowboys would
certainly be nice for this team.
That alone is not reason enough for me to bet the Rams,
particularly with the point spread imposition that exists here.
That's where training camp info comes into play. The Rams appear to
be sailing along fairly smoothly as they transition to their new
home, and I'm particularly encouraged by the apparent progress
of Jared Goff. He's got a steep learning
curve, as all rookie NFL QB's do, but Goff has looked good so far.
Goff especially drew rave reviews for
the way he handled a two-minute drill in practice, which is a
situation that can be intimidating for raw rookies.
The Cowboys have already been dealt a blow with the loss of second
unit QB Kellen Moore, who will be out for at least a couple months.
That might not matter come regular season, but I think it's
significant here. Tony Romo is certainly not likely to see much
action, as the Cowboys need to do their best to keep him healthy
for the real games. That means Dak Prescott and
Jameill Showers will be logging most of the snaps
under center, especially in these firct couple of pre-season
I see a substantial QB edge as far as pre-season goes with what the
Rams have, and I like the idea of backing the home team that likely
wants to create a positive first impressiion with its new fan
base. I'm backing the Rams as home chalk in this