Will Zeke run wild on the Rams suspect run D? Will Goff & co. get back to mid-season form? Breakout Live predicts the divisional playoff matchup between the Cowboys and Rams.
Cowboys @ Rams
America’s Team should feel right at home in the shadow of Hollywood on Saturday. I know Jerry Jones sure will. One problem, though: they’re not actually at home. And they’re atrocious away from it. The ‘Boys are 3-5 on the road this season, and only in those 3 wins have they topped 20 points. That’s not good.
I love Dallas’ defense and Amari Cooper has certainly brought out the best in Dak Prescott, but outside of Ezekiel Elliott, I don’t see anyone who scares the Rams. This feels like a huge game for Sean McVay, too. The mystique of his genius has waned late in the year along with Jared Goff’s ability to play QB, but with an extra week to prepare I expect McVay to let his genius flag fly.
The big question for LA is the health of Todd Gurley’s knee. Gurley sat out Weeks 16 and 17 to rest, and with rumors swirling that he might not be ready to go Saturday, he took to Twitter to prove otherwise. I’m sure TG’s knee doesn’t feel great, but it’s January in the NFL – not a single guy who will be on the field this weekend will do so feeling 100%. That’s the nature of the beast. Reports indicate that Gurley will in fact play (duh, it’s the postseason), and he’ll play well. And as long as Goff plays like he can and not like he has recently, the Rams will be fine. This won’t be the kind of game they’re accustomed to, though. It’ll be ugly and it’ll be brutal. And I can’t wait to watch it.
Prediction: Rams, 23-19