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2019-01-13
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Los Angeles Rams vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction & Preview

Los Angeles Rams vs Dallas Cowboys 2019-01-13 NFL,

 

It’s a NFC Divisional Playoff matchup in the City of Angels. The Dallas Cowboys are on the road as they travel out west to face the Los Angeles Rams Saturday night. Dallas advanced to the divisional round as they defeated Seattle 24-22 at home in the NFC Wild Card round last Saturday. Los Angeles had a bye last week: they defeated the 49ers 48-32 at home in their last contest on December 30. The Cowboys lead the all-time regular season series 13-12 though the Rams took a 35-30 win at home in the last matchup on October 1, 2017. The Rams took the last playoff meeting between the teams, winning 20-0 in the NFC Divisional round back on January 4, 1986.
A Quick Review of the Season to Date
Dallas Cowboys Review
Dallas managed to survive a battle with Seattle in the wild card round to earn just the second playoff win in the Jason Garrett era. The Cowboys now try to take down the Rams to earn a spot in the NFC Championship Game. Dallas led 10-6 at the half and trailed 14-10 after three quarters before taking advantage of a worn down Seattle defense. The Cowboys jumped in front 24-14 and recovered an onside kick after the Seahawks made it a two point game with 1:18 to play. Dallas outgained Seattle 380-299 in the game, picked up 23 first downs while allowing 11 and dominated time of possession by a 34:50 to 25:10 margin. The Cowboys committed the game’s lone turnover but managed to make the critical plays late.
Los Angeles Rams Review
Los Angeles had a bye week thanks to finishing with the second-best record in the NFC. The Rams jumped all over the 49ers early and then coasted to the victory in week 17. Los Angeles jumped to a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game and took a 28-3 edge with six minutes to play in the first half of the game. The Rams opened up a 48-17 lead in the fourth quarter before the 49ers cut the deficit in garbage time. Los Angeles was outgained 391-377 despite holding a 28-22 edge in first downs and a 31:50 to 28:10 edge in time of possession. The Rams forced four turnovers while not committing one in the contest.

Dallas Cowboys Offense vs. Los Angeles Rams Defense

Running the Ball: Who Has the Edge?
Dallas Cowboys Rushing Offense
Dallas rediscovered their ground game in the middle of the season and that proved to be a major boost for an offense that has struggled to put points on the board at times this season. The Cowboys have run for at least 100 yards in nine of their games this season with three other games seeing them put up 99, 94 and 98 yards, respectively. It will be interesting to see if Dallas tries to match Seattle’s penchant to pound the ball or if they’ll try a different tack. The Cowboys have run the ball 104 times for 385 yards and two scores in the last four games. In that span, Dallas saw their rushing total drop from 142 yards to 112 to 80 to 51 against the Giants. In the wild card game, the Cowboys got back on track as they ran the ball 34 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
 
Ezekiel Elliott is the team’s leading ground gainer with 304 carries for 1,434 yards and six scores. Prescott is next in line as he has run the ball 75 times for 305 yards and six touchdowns. Tavon Austin (six carries, 55 yards) and Rod Smith (44 carries, 127 yards, TD) are next in line. Dallas has 12 runs of at least 20 yards this season with Elliott accounting for 11 of them. The Cowboys have moved the sticks on the ground 113 times this season. Elliott led the league in rushing for the second time in three years and added 26 carries for 137 yards plus a touchdown in the wild card round.
Los Angeles Rams Rushing Defense
Los Angeles was a lot like Kansas City in the regard that their offense tended to pile up big point totals. That meant that the opposition had to give up on the run game, usually more often than they would have liked. The problem for Los Angeles was that they sent out personnel packages to defend the pass and ended up getting gashed on the ground. A lot of them were empty yards but the Rams did allow at least 100 yards on the ground in 11 of their 16 games, including each of their last five. Three times, the Rams allowed at least 190 yards on the ground. Over the last month of the season, Los Angeles gave up 134 yards per game, 5.1 yards per carry and four scores on the ground
 
Linebacker Cory Littleton led the team in the regular season with 125 tackles (90 solo), along with five tackles for loss. Mark Barron (60 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, forced fumble), along with defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh (59 tackles, five tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries), Michael Brockers (54 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss) and Aaron Donald (59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries) are forces to be reckoned with in the front seven. Los Angeles allowed the opponents 17 runs of at least 20 yards and 101 first downs via the ground game this season.












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