Every week we ask all of The Landry Hat writers and contributors to submit their predictions for the upcoming game and their reasons why. This week, we asked our experts for their opinion on the Dallas Cowboys vs. the St. Louis Rams game on Sunday.
Steven Mullenax, Editor & Head Writer: Although this is a “must” win for the Cowboys, it’s also a “no win” situation. If the Boys win, they did what they should have done and move on. If they lose, there will be an explosion of fan hate so large even Montrae Holland couldn’t eat it. The cat-calls for both Garrett’s and Romo’s jobs will be louder than ever. Dallas should win this one big, but they have the tendency to shoot themselves in the foot and keep the games way too close. And don’t forget about RB Steven Jackson. The last time we played him, back in 2008, he ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns in a Ram victory. But this ain’t the same defense, big boy. Here’s the score: Dallas 34, St. Louis 24.
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Greg Bailey, Staff Writer: We find ourselves in a sports feud with St. Louis. Rangers and Cardinals, Cowboys and Rams. The difference: the Rangers are playing for the right to be Champions. Dallas is playing just to stay alive. And at 2-3, we need this win to propel us up in the NFC standings. Rangers hopefully will dominate this baseball series and hopefully it will rub off on Dallas. StL 10 – DAL 28
Ashley Bolton, Staff Writer: I see the Cowboys offense having a big game in this one!! Austin and Romo also get back in sync, and Ware is going to spend a lot of time in the Rams back field. Cowboys get back to .500 with a 30-10 win.
Robert Diton, Staff Writer: Finally! This game is exactly what the Cowboys need to get over these past few weeks. Sam Bradford is hobbled (technically a game-time decision at this point) and the Rams’ top 2 cornerbacks are out. Romo, Bryant, Austin, and Witten will explode. Cowboys 35-Rams 10
Seth Jones, Staff Writer: It is fairly obvious that the Cowboys are going to destroy the Rams. Which is exactly why the Cowboys will not destroy the Rams. However, the Cowboys will take the beloved “W”. And in the end, that’s all that really matters. Cowboys: 30 Rams: 24…Oh, and Bradford throws 2 interceptions. Also, Jason Garrett will recover a fumble. Mark it down.
Mark Contreras, Video Contributor & Staff Writer: If the Cowboys lose this one, I take back everything positive I’ve said about them this season. To put it mildly, the Rams stink. The Cowboys should dominate on both sides of the ball and there might be a silver lining to Dwayne Harris being on the practice squad in the fact that Dez and Newman will be returning punts and kicks. I think the Cowboys win easily at home. Cowboys 31 Rams 13
Joe D. Ramirez, Senior Writer: I have good news and bad news. This week the Dallas Cowboys will look like a Super Bowl team against the Rams. They will be able to run the ball effectively, pass with precision, and do practically whatever Jason Garrett calls. Considering this performance along with that of a close near win against the New England Patriots, the Cowboys will ride a wave of Super Bowl aspirations. Here’s the bad news. It’s all a mirage. The Cowboys are still quite flawed. They have lost 3 games because they have either been unable or unwilling to run the ball late in the game. They are questionably coached on the offensive side of the ball, and our quarterback is not able to single handedly lift a team onto his shoulders the way Montana, Elway, or Marino had. But enjoy the win… it should be the first of many successive wins in a row. Cowboys 38, Rams 10
Simus1974, Video Contributor: Well what should have blow out written all over it will be the slowest game on Sunday. Injury depleted Rams vs. a Cowboys team with more personalities then Sybil (Sally Field…..google kids). Romo scared, Garrett & his madden-like conservative “tea party” offense gets bailed out by Rob Ryan blitzkrieg defense….COWBOYS OVER RAMS 13-7 (yawn!!)
Artie Cappello, Staff Writer: When the stars align, I start to get nervous. This weeks game against the seemingly hapless St Louis Rams fits this ‘stars align’ profile. Their star quarterback is hurt and may not play. Their defense can’t seem to stop anybody. They have a couple injured players on Offense besides the QB. The Rams were supposed to take the next step this year, instead they are 0 – 5. We should run over these guys with McGee at QB. So why am I nervous? Anyway, since we lost last week I don’t think we take the Rams for granted. I see the final score : Dallas 28, St Louis 17 … But I’m still nervous.
C. Joseph Wright, Asst Editor and Staff Writer: This will be a get well game for the Cowboys. Tony Fiammetta will provide a boost in the running game, and DeMarco Murray will demonstrate why they picked him the 3rd round. Romo will play a good game, and I expect either Dez or Austin to have a huge day. The defense will continue to play at an elite level. Montrae Holland will lament the lack of in-game catering. The Cowboys will break their streak of games decided by a TD or less. They win by 10 points.