Our staff gives their bold predictions and give their thoughts on how the Cowboys Divisional Round playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams will go.
After much anticipation, the Dallas Cowboys are about to finally play the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs. With a win, the Cowboys would advance to the NFC Championship for the first time in over 20 years. How will the game end up? Members of Dallas Football News give their thoughts:
–Nathan Jones [Lead editor/administrator](@natn03)–
Can you taste it? Cowboys nation is so very close to witnessing something that might go down as a legendary playoff game. The Cowboys are facing the second-seeded Las Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs. I fully trust Dallas’ defense to slow down the Rams’ offense. Running back Todd Gurley will have some great runs, but overall the Cowboys will keep him under wraps. My bold prediction is that Cowboys’ defensive tackle, Maliek Collins will get two sacks. However, on the other side of the ball, defensive tackle Aaron Donald is just waiting to wreck Cowboys’ fans dream of a championship. With 20.5 sacks heading into the match, I think Donald will be too much for left guard Connor Williams and center Joe Looney. Elliott will have a great day on the ground, but when the Cowboys’ offenses are put in long-yardage situations, the pass-protection will not hold up. In the end, it will come down to a game-winning field goal by the Rams. Rams’ kicker, Greg Zuerlein knocks one down the uprights in a crushing loss. Cowboys lose the game, 24-21.
–Avry Sieh [editor] (@SiehAvry)–
The upcoming matchup between the Las Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys is a highly anticipated game; as well as, a chance to move on to the NFC Championship game. The Dallas defense will have their hands full trying to contain this Rams offense. The defensive line will play a key role in stopping All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, and former number one overall pick–Jared Goff. Expect the interior pass rushers to generate pressure and force Goff to rush throws. Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory have to play smart– expecting heavy play-action passes that will try and suck them inside. My bold prediction is that this defensive line will have 4 sacks and keep Gurley under 100 yards. The Dallas offense does not have it any easier facing this star-studded Rams’ defense lead by Aaron Donald. However, I expect Zeke to have a big day. Zeke will run for 109 yards adding rushing and receiving TD’s. Expect more play action plays where Dak finds his rhythm with Cooper. At the end of the day, the Cowboys win a close game: 27-25. Dak will win the game from a clutch throw to Cooper allowing for a last-second field goal from Brett Mayer.
–Davis Bull [contributing writer] (@BaconLike)–
I’m not sure how long you want me to go on this, so I’ll keep it concise. I think that Dak Prescott will come out hot and throw for 290 yards, two TDs, and one pick, with Zeke rushing for 140+ yards on 25+ touches for two TDs, along with another 6 receptions for 34 yards (It all depends though on Zack Martin being healthy. If he’s not, stopping Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh will be nearly impossible). Todd Gurley will be held to under 75 yards and one TD, with Jared Goff throwing one TD and one pick on less than 200 yards since he doesn’t have Cooper Kupp and will fail at attacking the deep middle of the field. Cowboys should have Jaylon Smith spy Todd Gurley to shut him down if he makes it past the line, and maybe consider running a three-linebacker set. It’s also important to note that Gurley likes to take a handoff from the right-hand side of Goff, then cut to the left and use his blockers to get an outside hole, but four-time Pro-Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth left week 17’s game with a left knee injury. Even if he is able to return which he is expected to, he will probably not be as efficient, and the Cowboys will be able to close that outside gap quickly. Cowboys victory, 31-23.
–Brian Contreras [contributing writer] (@brianacontrer)–
Defense wins championships but the offense can win a game, and this is exactly what the Cowboys are going to have to rely on Saturday night against the Rams. The story all year has been how good the Cowboys’ defense has been, only allowing 20.2 points per game, per NFL.com. But since week 14 in a win against the Eagles, Dallas has given up more than that average 4 out of 5 games, including last weeks’ wildcard win against the Seahawks. The Rams finished the year averaging 32.9 points a game, which was second in the league, per NFL.com. If the Cowboys want to punch their ticket into their first NFC Championship game since 1995, they are going to have to rely on Dak and the passing attack to outscore Los Angeles’ high-powered offense. My prediction is that Dallas can’t contain the Rams’ offense and forces a high scoring game. With all that being said, Dak and company find a way to win it late in the game for a final score of 34-31 and move on to the Championship game.
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