The Rams open up their 2020 season with a Sunday Night matchup against America’s Football team. It should be a tough matchup for LA, but a great one to open up the brand new Sofi Stadium. While the game could certainly go either way, let’s take a look at three key aspects that could lead to their first win at home.
Get it Done Through the Air
Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Tyler Higbee all had great years despite the Rams’ overall up and down season in 2019. Those three will be once again relied on heavily by Jared Goff. While the hope is that the team has revived its run game with the addition of Cam Akers as well as a healthy Darrell Henderson, they may not be needed a whole lost this week. The Cowboys ranked 20th in pass defense last season allowing a 65.0 completion percentage throughout the season. That figures to be worse with the loss of Byron Jones at corner and Jeff Heath at safety unless new and returning players could rise to the challenge. This could mean a great start to the season for LA’s receiving corps.
Neutralize the Run game
The Cowboys have a double-bladed offense that can dominate through the air and on the ground. However, the Rams are well equipped with guys like Jalen Ramsey, Taylor Rapp, etc. who can keep them under check. The true battle for the Rams will be stopping the Cowboys run game. Saying that LA needs to stop the run game is easier said than done, especially when you’re facing a guy like Ezekiel Elliott. After a monster year in 2019, Elliott is looking to dominate once again. It’ll be up to the new and untested linebacker corps to get the job done. After losing one of their best defensive players in Corey Littleton, the Rams linebacker unit was ranked dead last. While the trio of Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, and Leonard Floyd should lend some aid, it may not be enough alone.
Battle on the Line
It’s no secret that the Cowboys have had one of the better offensive lines for years now. Of course, they are expected to rank towards the top once again. However, there’s a chance that the line won’t be at its best this Sunday which could open the door for the defense to get to Dak Prescott and Elliott. Right Tackle La’el Collins is on the IR, center Joe Looney has graded poorly in recent years, and left guard Connor Williams is a big question mark to get the job done. Any sort of weakness could allow opportunities for Brockers, Donald, and Floyd to create some havoc on the line and put pressure on Prescott.
Sunday’s matchup should be a good one for fans to watch. While the Cowboys do pose a big challenge, the Rams should be well suited to give them everything they got and come out on top. It would certainly be a great way to kick off the opening of Sofi Stadium.