2016 NFL Dallas Vs Los Angeles Expert Picks

Posted by Henry Watkins on Thursday,August 11, 2016 5:32, EST in

Week 1 of the NFL preseason is usually nothing more than an exercise is trying to iron out the kinks and give playing time to guys who are probably not going to land a roster spot on their respective teams. It isn’t very often that a preseason game takes on a whole lot of meaning, but the match-up between the Cowboys and the Rams on Saturday night may be fun to watch for a couple of reasons. First of all, you have the Rams making a triumphant return to Los Angeles, which is sure to draw a crowd. Secondly, you have two teams going head to head who essentially had to be separated at this time last year. The Cowboys and Rams had a joint camp going for a while last year, but it had to be suspended after every practice seemed to dissolve into fights and squabbles. It’s tough to say whether or not any of that bad blood will carry over into this game, but it’ll be worth watching to find out. The online NFL betting odds are already up for this one, as well as for all the other Week 1 preseason games.

Here’s a Closer Look At The 2016 NFL Cowboys Vs Rams Expert Picks

When: Saturday, August 13, at 8 PM EST
Where: LA Memorial Coliseum, LA
TV: ESPN
Radio: Sirius XM Radio
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NFL Odds: LA Rams -5

 

 

Why bet on the Dallas Cowboys

It’s probably fair to say that the Dallas Cowboys are more interested in getting out of the preseason unscathed as opposed to caring about the final results of these games. This is a team that was absolutely hammered by injuries last season, and who have to be considered a legitimate threat to win the NFC East this year if they can play healthy. As you might expect from a Week 1 preseason outing, the amount of playing time given to the big name players is going to be extremely limited. This will be a good opportunity to look at what they have in terms of depth, just in case the treatment room ends up as busy as it did last season.

Why bet on the LA Rams

While most teams will be limiting the playing time of their intended starters, the Rams may do things a little differently with one particular player. Jared Goff is going to be the man leading the offense for Los Angeles this season, and you have to wonder of the rookie will get a little extra playing time in order to help him get up to the speed of the NFL. The playbook is going to be pretty limited for this one, but giving the kid some easy passing routes could be a big help in getting his confidence level built up early on.

 

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The rams are favored by 4.5 for this one, and I think that they might just be able to cover that. Goff may get a little extra time, and everyone on the Rams staff is going to want to impress on the first game back in LA, preseason or not.

Dallas Cowboys 20 LA Rams 27