The Dallas Cowboys finally make it back to Texas as they completed their California portion of training camp. Having played two preseason games (one against the Oakland Raiders and the other against the San Diego Chargers), the Cowboys finally get to be in the confines of Cowboys Stadium and the home crowd. Their opponent will be the St. Louis Rams, who made the biggest signing of all in the offseason by hiring former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher.
The Rams Offense
The Rams offense centers around third year quarterback Sam Bradford and running back Steven Jackson, who are working with an offensive line that brings back two starters; Roger Saffold and Harvey Dahl, according to the bleacherreport.com. The offensive line rounds out at Quinn Ojinnaka, Scott Wells, and Barry Richardson. The offensive line has improved according to the Rams website, as they allowed Jackson 7 carries on 49 yards last week and Bradford was only knocked down once during the time the first team was in action.
Jackson should get plenty of carries once the season starts as Fisher loves to pound the ball. He ran an effective run game in Tennessee and expect nothing less as he takes over a dismal Rams team that finished 2-14.
The Rams Defense
St. Louis drafted Michael Brockers in the first round of this past years draft. Brockers was selected fourteenth overall out of LSU. Brockers is expected to start and contribute immediately at the defensive tackle position. The Rams defense is expected to do well this season, having coming off of a season where they were ranked 22nd in the league for overall defense, with Brockers in the mix it is expected that they improve along with the offense.
The Rams Special Teams
The Rams have a new kicker in rookie Greg Zuerlein, who was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 draft out of Missouri Western. Zuerlein kicked a 52 yard field goal in last weeks win over interstate rival, Kansas City.
Battle of Interest
The battle of interest should be the starting defensive line of the Cowboys vs the starting offensive line of the Rams.
Cowboys Injury Report
Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and Dez Bryant are not expected to play in the game this week. Austin and Witten are out for the preseason, while there is no time table of Bryant’s return.
The Cowboys offense first unit looked a bit sharper in their second preseason game and I expect them to continue to improve. Defensively, I think they will shut down the passing game of the Rams as Brandon Carr showed everyone why he was the jewel of the NFL Free Agency. Cowboys win this game, 34-21.