Last week, the Dallas Cowboys were able to handle their bitter rival in the Washington Commanders. This week, they face another familiar foe in the Los Angeles Rams who’ve hit a bit of a rough patch as of late. The Rams have been a thorn in the Cowboys’ side for quite some time.
The Rams’ defense is playing well but their offense hasn’t been able to find any rhythm and they really miss the play-making ability that Odell Beckham Jr. gave them in the passing game. They’ve had to rely heavily on Cooper Kupp to move the ball thanks to their inability to run the ball. Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr. have also both struggled behind a depleted offensive line now on its third center early in the season.
That doesn’t mean this offense can’t put up points in bunches at any point in the game with Matthew Stafford under center. The Cowboys’ offense will need to keep pace or jump out in front early if they want to be able to control this game.
To do that, they will have to get past the second-best defensive player in the league, Aaron Donald, linebacker Bobby Wagner, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey. It won’t be easy with Pro Bowlers at each level of this defense but the Cowboys have the firepower to win the game if they can get up early and get the best of this defensive unit.
So with that being said let’s take a look at this week’s bold predictions for the Week 5 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
4 bold predictions for the Cowboys vs Rams Week 5 matchup
4. The Return of Mr. Reliable
In last week’s game against the Commanders, we saw the return of Dalton Schultz for the Cowboys, and Kellen Moore tried to get him involved by targeting him three times in the game but he was unable to make any catches.
This week, look for the Cowboys to try and attack the Rams safeties with Schultz, taking advantage of the injuries at the position. This Rams secondary is going to be so focused on slowing down CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and Noah Brown, which will allow Schultz to have more space to work the middle of the field and down the seam.
Getting a full week of practice under his belt after coming off an injury is a good sign for Dallas and Schultz. The Cowboys also like to use him in the red zone, so look for Dallas to try using some tight end screens inside the 20-yard line and allow Schultz to use his size to make plays and get into the endzone.
As I said earlier, the Cowboys’ offensive weapons on the ground and in the air will concern the Rams. In this situation, the running game with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard will have the Rams respecting the run which should allow Schultz to slip behind the defense for a touchdown.