Who will the Dallas Cowboys play if they make the playoffs?
By Angel Torres
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams have been a bad matchup for the Dallas Cowboys. Their ability to run multiple plays out of a single formation has just stumped this Cowboys defense no matter who has led it. The Rams have to win and the Bucs have to lose in order for this matchup to happen.
Their play-action fakes have absolutely killed these Cowboys linebackers and safeties to the point where they probably do not want any part of this offense. The key to beating the Rams is to make them become a straight dropback team.
The Dallas defense heavily pursues making them a sucker for play-action fakes. Quarterback Jared Goff has looked like a superstar against Dallas but he is dealing with a problem of his own. Goff dislocated the thumb on his throwing hand and many have speculated that it is broken as well.
That is huge news for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations on their mind. Not having Goff would certainly help this Cowboys defense as John Wolford would take command as the team’s starting quarterback.
Wolford is an undrafted quarterback that has never played a snap in the NFL. Preparing for a quarterback without any NFL game tape provides a challenge on its own so Goff missing Sunday’s matchup gives opponents film to work with.
I hate to play teams that aren’t up to full health but the Cowboys have been decimated by injuries so my condolences to a team that might have lost their starting quarterback only go so far.
The Rams defense poses an even bigger problem as defensive coordinator Brandon Staley has proved to be an upgrade over Wade Phillips. Led by superstar defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalen Ramsey, this defense has proved capable of shutting down an offense.
Los Angeles ranks near the top of most statistical categories and was ranked as the third-best defense in the entire NFL just a few weeks ago. The team has a certain way of figuring out how to stop the opposing team’s best players.
The funny thing about Dallas is at any given time, the team can rely on multiple players to lead the team. Just this past week it looked like the Philadelphia Eagles were intent on stopping Amari Cooper which gave Michael Gallup the spotlight to shine early and often in the contest.
No matter who I projected the Cowboys to play, the only thing that matters is step-one. Beat the Giants in the Meadowlands this Sunday.