Rams make the trek down south to visit the Dallas Cowboys and feast their eyes on JerryWorld. But what will they be taking on their road trip? Their 0-5 record which will most likely become 0-6 by the end of it.
Looks like QB Sam Bradford will still be donning his stylish walking boot leaving A.J. Feeley to lead the team into the luxury dome in Arlington.
Let’s take a quick peek at the Rams’ rankings vs. the Cowboys’ rankings:
The first and last categories are a lesson in opposites. Yet the Cowboys are only sitting at 2-3, 3rd in the NFC East.
Could be another week where the passing game will be put on the back burner as QB A.J. Feeley will most likely be starting in place of the injured Sam Bradford.
WR Brandon Lloyd will get his first start as a Ram just days after being traded from the Denver Broncos. With his working knowledge of the Josh McDaniels offense he’s expected to step right in and make a contribution. I’m not expecting a huge game from Lloyd but at least the threat of him on the outside has to give the Cowboys something to think about.
Throw in rookie WR Greg Salas and Danario Alexander and you have a semi-decent list of targets. Just have to hope Feeley is able to deliver the ball to them.
The inconsistent Rams offensive line will have to check down the numerous defensive threats: LB’s DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, and Sean Lee just to name a few.
The Rams will once again have to rely and lean upon the legs of their RB Steven Jackson. This could be much to ask especially against the number one ranked rushing defense. Jackson ran for 96 yards against the Packers who came into the game ranked 3rd in the league.
Jackson ran for 160 yards and 3 TD’s in the last game against the Cowboys back in 2008. I’m not sure he can put up those kind of numbers with his current offensive line woes though.
The Cowboys WR corps is one of the most talented on paper. Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and a name that Rams fans should be familiar with, Laurent Robinson.
You can’t forget their TE who basically serves as the Cowboys’ Danny Amendola. When QB Tony Romo gets in trouble he looks for his security blanket – Jason Witten. All these players will be a handful for the banged up Rams secondary.
The one area where the Rams D might get a reprieve is from the Cowboys running game. Starter Felix Jones has already been ruled out with a high ankle sprain and they will attack with a RB by committee approach with rookie RB DeMarco Murray and Tashard Choice.
The Rams will look for their tried and true defensive stars LB James Laurinaitis, DE Chris Long, and CB Quintin Mikell to take it to the next level in getting pressure on QB Tony Romo. (Congratulations to Quintin Mikell and his wife on their newest addition this week.)
I still think the Rams secondary is still very much a work in progress and they’ll get picked on all afternoon by Romo. For the Rams’ sake, here’s hoping “Bad Romo” appears at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday. A gal can always wish for a pick-6, right?
Who will win?
Y! has the Rams as 13 (THIRTEEN) point underdogs. I think the Cowboys will cover the spread and defeat the Rams 30-13. Rams will score a passing TD to Brandon Lloyd and Josh Brown will kick two FG’s.
And if you guys missed the genius-ness that is Trey Wingo and the crew at NFL LIVE here’s what they call “the most unpredictable ride in the NFL: Riding the Romo-Coaster.”
The expressions on Marcellus Wiley’s face as he’s going through the ride is priceless. Equally as impressive is how Trey Wingo goes through the entire segment without missing a word is truly amazing. Well done, sir. Enjoyed it greatly on many levels.