Cowboys vs. Rams
Saturday at Hawaii,” 10 p.m. ET (NFL Network)
Free NFL Pick: Cowboys ATS
Finest Line Offered: BetOnline
Aloha Stadium in Hawaii used to be the annual host of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. That is no longer the case since the game is going to be located at the less desirable place of Orlando for its fourth consecutive season January the week before the Super Bowl.
However, enthusiasts in Hawaii will get to find yet another sort of meaningless football this Saturday when the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams face off in Week two of the preseason from Aloha Stadium. It’s the very first NFL exhibition game at Hawaii’s largest outdoor arena since 1976. Playing in unique locations throughout the preseason is not anything new for Dallas underneath owner Jerry Jones as the Cowboys also have played exhibition games from London, Toronto, Tokyo, Mexico City and Monterrey. Guess they are not simply America’s Team.
For what it is worth, and I would say nothing, the Rams beat the visiting Cowboys in the Divisional Round of last 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 those men on Saturday. Anderson is now with the Detroit Lions. Rams coach Sean McVay certainly does not provide a **t on the preseason as he likes to break his key guys to ensure health for the regular season. So, no Goff or Gurley (not even traveling to Hawaii to save wear and tear on his knee) or NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald or maybe a single starter will perform with. The Rams are 4-5 straight up and ATS under McVay in exhibition games after dropping last week 14-3 at Oakland (which you probably watched highlights off on”Hard Knocks”).
Blake Bortles started that match for the Rams and was 3-for-8 for 50 yards and is predicted to begin again Saturday although likely not play a lot. The Rams should give most of the quarterback slides again to youthful players John Wolford and Brandon Allen. These two are battling for the No. 3 job. Backup running back Malcolm Brown also did not play weekly or is expected to at all this preseason. If it comes to the Rams, simply assume no one you’ve heard of would perform.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett clearly does not care about the preseason, possibly, according to his 12-22 career straight-up record. The Cowboys were winless in the 2018 preseason and subsequently dropped 17-9 in San Francisco last Saturday. Quarterback Dak Prescott did play a series and directed the group to a field goal, completing 4-for-4 for 23 yards. I would guess he plays with a series Saturday. Cooper Rush along with Mike White will observe the majority of the time as they battle to win at the No. 2 job. Hurry, an undrafted free agent, was with the Cowboys since 2017. White, a fifth-round pick in 2018, was around the 53-man roster last year but has been inactive for each game.
Elliott, of course, stays away in the club requiring a contract expansion. There. One of other Cowboys who will not 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 lean Dallas here.