The Dallas Cowboys will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams on Saturday night in the second of 4 Divisional round playoff games this weekend. These teams took very different paths to get to this point. The Rams clinched the Division after Week 13 while every game the Cowboys have played the last several weeks have been very important. They have now won 3 in a row including last week in the playoffs. Dallas trailed the Seattle Seahawks 14-10 after 3 quarters in the Wild Card round only to score 2 touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the 24-22 win and advance. Two of the 3 Rams losses this season came in their final 4 games, so while they have the added rest, it is the Cowboys who have the momentum.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have led the way for the Cowboys offense all year and both came up big last week against the Seahawks. Prescott finished with a passer rating of 83.6 as he completed 22 of 33 passes for 226 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also had 29 yards and a touchdown on 6 carries. His favorite target was Amari Cooper who had 7 receptions for 106 yards. Elliott led the run game with 137 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He also caught 4 passes for another 32 yards. Elliott led the entire NFL in rushing this season with 1,434 rushing yards. Defensively, they did not force a turnover and sacked Russell Wilson once. They did a great job against the Seahawks who led the league in rushing this year. They limited Seattle to 73 yards of 24 carries, which is just an average of 3 yards per run.
The Rams have a powerful quarterback and running back duo too in Jared Goff and Todd Gurley Jr. Gurley had another monster season finishing third in rush yards with 1,251 and first in touchdowns with 17. Goff finished 4th in league in passing yards with 4,688 and 6th in touchdowns thrown with 32. The team finished second in the league with an average of 421 yards per game and second in points per game with 32.9. Defensively, they finished second in the league with 30 turnovers forced but 20th in league with points allowed with 24 per game. Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald easily led the league in sacks with 20.5, which could be a problem for the Cowboys who led the league in sacks allowed.
The Rams will have home field advantage and are favored by a touchdown. They have gone 7-8-1 against the spread this season and have had the last 2 weeks to rest and prepare for this game. Dallas has gone 9-7-1 against the spread and are coming off a season saving come from behind playoff win over Seattle. The fans at LA memorial Coliseum will be more than ready to cheer their team, which went 7-1 at home this season.
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