2. The Dallas pass rush vs. a lackluster Rams o-line
One of the biggest knocks on the Rams’ season so far is how well (or, in this case, not well) they protect their quarterback. As it stands prior to Week 5 action, the Rams are tied for second in the NFL in sacks allowed with 16. Funny enough, two other prior Cowboys’ opponents, the Bengals (16) and Commanders (17) are in the same boat.
Obviously, part of the reason those two teams are up there is with the help of the Dallas defense. Through four games, the ‘Boys are tied for second in the NFL with the 49ers with 15 sacks, just one behind the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles.
The truth is, the Rams’ offensive line doesn’t look the same as last season. Andrew Whitworth left for retirement and Austin Corbett didn’t come back after his contract expired. This has taken a toll on Matthew Stafford as he’s laying on the turf quite often and looks really rattled whenever he drops back this season.
If the defense takes advantage of the Rams’ offensive line issues, that could be a huge deciding factor in who wins this game. Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, and others should look to feast on what the Rams offer upfront.