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Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:00pm

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Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams

Where: Aloha Stadium

When: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10:00 pm Eastern

We have week two of the National Football League preseason and we have a good one to discuss when the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams travel to Hawaii to play in Aloha Stadium. Dallas opened their preseason with a 17-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles took one on the chin by a score of 14-3 against the Oakland Raiders.

Cowboys 0-4 in Red Zone

Dallas opened their preseason with a disappointing 17-9 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that highlighted one of the Cowboys biggest problems from 2018; scoring touchdowns or should I say a lack of touchdowns. The Cowboys finished the 2018 season scoring touchdowns on 51 percent of their Red Zone possessions; on Saturday Dallas failed to score in each of their four Red Zone possessions.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was 4-4 in the opening drive and will likely play at least the first quarter Saturday night. Dallas also has a battle for the backup quarterback spot between second-year quarterback Mike White and third-year quarterback Cooper Rush. If the regular season were to begin today, Rush would likely win the job but with three more games to go, look for Head Coach Jason Garrett to give both White and Rush more reps against the Rams.

Rookie running back Tony Pollard started the ballgame and ended his night with 16 rushing yards between the tackles before being removed from the game along with Prescott. If Ezekiel Elliot continues his holdout, Pollard could be in line for a big season as the Cowboys three-down back.

Center Travis Frederick made his return to the Cowboys after missing the entire 2018 season with Guillain-Barre syndrome and alongside Connor Williams should give Garrett one less concern as they head into week two of the preseason.

McVay Rests Starters in Loss to Raiders

The Los Angeles Rams opened their 2019 preseason with a 14-3 loss to the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland Coliseum. Rams Head Coach Sean McVay decided to sit all his regular players and focus on adding depth to his football team that reached the Super Bowl last season.

Blake Bortles started the game at quarterback and was 3-8 for 50 yards and no touchdowns. Rookie John Wolford went 6-8 for 54 passing yards and fourth-year quarterback Branden Allen was 6-12 for 34 yards with none of the Rams quarterbacks throwing an interception and Allen was sacked once for a five-yard loss. Look for starting quarterback Jared Goff to see his first action of the season Saturday night against Dallas.

HC Sean McVay discussed his star QB after a recent practice:

“He has seamlessly and naturally become a leader because of the way he goes about his business just being Jared Goff, and I think that’s what resonates with his teammates.”

Rookie outside linebacker Landis Durham acquitted himself well with seven tackles and a sack. Durham is in a three-way battle with Josh Carraway and Trevon Young for an outside linebacker spot on the roster.

Rookie running back Darrell Henderson led a large group of rushers, finishing with 13 rushing yards on six carries.

There is a battle brewing for the fifth wide receiver spot to keep an eye on between Mike Thomas and second-year wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge with second-year wideout JoJo Natson also looking to make the club.

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It is fairly obvious McVay doesn’t care much about the preseason and is only looking to stock the pantry for an already loaded team. I don’t expect we’ll see much of Goff, Gurley or any significant Rams player on Saturday night. I also look for Dallas to attempt to score a few points and Prescott will likely play at least a quarter or so.

Prediction: Cowboys

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With backup quarterback battles and wideout battles for both teams, I expect to see some points on the board. Vegas hasn’t posted a total yet but I suspect the coaches will be more concerned about offense than defense and maybe will try and put on an offensive show for the folks in Hawaii.

Prediction: Over

Phil Naessens

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