14 September 2020 00:42
Experts share their picks for the Cowboys week one game versus the Los Angeles Rams. Four years after the Cowboys and Rams kicked of L.A. 2.0 with a packed house at the Coliseum, they'll christen SoFi Stadium before a crowd of crickets. That actually could help the home team, because the place could have been overrun by Cowboys fans. It won't help enough. Dak Prescott will be on a mission to show this year that he deserves to be paid like an elite quarterback, and he'll add a few million to his eventual long-term contract with a big showing on Sunday night.
The Cowboys won't be traveling to Southern California to train in Oxnard ahead of this season so they will want to make amends for missing out on their L.A.-area fans. Dak Prescott doesn't have his long-term contract, but he will still be focused and motivated to have another big year with an extra elite weapon in rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb. Mike McCarthy will leave a strong first impression with his offense and defense pumped for the new coach. McVay saw his team further gutted talent-wise and Prescott will easily outduel Jared Goff as Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey can do only so much against Dallas. Dak Prescott is awesome, the Cowboys are stacked on offense and will win a bunch of games.
But EVERYONE is betting on them. Ask anyone you know over the next 48 hours who will win this game and they'll tell you the Cowboys. Sean McCoy ain't no dummy, man. Take the Rams. And probably the under too. This game features two offenses with plenty of talent, continuity and track records of success. But the Cowboys have all the hype. That could change after Sunday night, especially when Al and Cris watch what Dallas' offensive line looks like without right tackle La'el Collins. The once-proud Cowboys line is down to two difference-makers and three potential liabilities. It's not like the Rams' line is any better, but their offense looks deeper than it did a year ago with rookie wideout Van Jefferson making noise and two quality tight ends to test the Cowboys' shaky secondary. The Rams would love to have fans in the house to open up their new stadium, but an upset win over America's Team will have to suffice. The Rams cut ribbon on SoFi Stadium with a big win. Cowboys are struggling with injuries and the Rams could be sneaky on offense. Getting rid of Todd Gurley helps unlock weapons. Alvin Kamara held out and now he is getting paid. As first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Saints have agreed to a five-year extension with Kamara added on to the end of his current deal. In total, it's worth $75 million in new money with over $34 million guaranteed. Alvin Kamara gets $34.333M in guarantees on his fat new extension. The #Saints weapon is expected to sign after the walk-through today. New Orleans gets it done. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2020 Before getting the new extension, Kamara was set to be a free agent after this season. Advertisement Kamara has emerged as one of the best running backs in the NFL after being selected by the Saints in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Kamara is one of only three players in NFL history to have at least 500 rushing and receiving yards in the first three seasons of a career. In 2019, Kamara rushed for 797 yards and 5 touchdowns. He caught 81 passes for 533 yards and 1 receiving touchdown. Kamara didn't cause too much of a distraction and remained quiet after making a trade request last month. Now that all behind him, expect Kamara to be focused and ready for week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.