Joe Vastola

Inside The Matchup: Previewing Rams-Cowboys

Created on Sept. 18, 2013 9:40 PM EST

Rams (1-1) at Cowboys (1-1)

TV: FOX, 1 p.m.

Announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

Line: Dallas -4

The Scoop: After Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the St. Louis Rams will look to bounce back as they travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys. The Rams, who trailed 17-0 to the Falcons, will rely on Sam Bradford if they hope to improve to 2-1. Last week in Atlanta, Bradford threw for 352 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Chris Givens had 105 yards receiving and rookie Tavon Austin chipped in six receptions and two touchdowns. While the Rams had a strong passing attack, they failed to get any real production on the ground. If they expect to knock off the Cowboys, Daryl Richardson will need to get more than 10 carries. The Rams will also need a better showing from their defense, who gave up 374 yards through the air to Matt Ryan. This won’t be an easy task as Dallas has some of the most dynamic offensive players in the game. Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten are all playmakers who are capable of causing problems for defensive coordinators. After losing 17-16 to the much-improved Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, Dallas will need their talented offense to be much more efficient. Last Sunday, they only amassed 37 yards rushing and had trouble converting on third down. Tony Romo had a strong game (298 passing yards), but was unable to orchestrate a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. With two very talented quarterbacks and multiple weapons at their disposal, don’t be surprised to see a highscoring affair.

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