- The Los Angeles Rams (2-2) are 4-point home favorites over the Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
- Matthew Stafford must watch out for Micah Parsons after being sacked seven times on Monday night
- The Week 5 game will kick off from So Fi Stadium on Sunday, October 9 at 4:25pm ET
Cooper Rush will likely get the start against a reeling Rams team on Sunday afternoon as Dak Prescott is still having trouble gripping the ball following thumb surgery.
While the Cowboys have won three-straight games since inserting their backup quarterback into the lineup, Matthew Stafford couldn’t have looked worse in a 24-9 loss to the division-rival 49ers on Monday Night Football.
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Rams vs Cowboys
|Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Dallas Cowboys||+4.0 (-103)||+175||Ov 43.5 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Rams||-4.0 (-117)||-205||Un 43.5 (-110)|
Sean McVay out of options?
Sean McVay is regarded as an offensive genius, but there’s only so much one can do without good players. Cam Akers looks like a shell of his former self in the backfield. And Allen Robinson’s agent should be jailed after securing more than $30 million guaranteed for the washed-up wide receiver.
That leaves 2021 Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp as the only legitimate option for Matthew Stafford, and it shows. For the first time since 2016, the 34-year-old quarterback has failed to throw a touchdown in two consecutive games. He also threw his 28th career pick-six in Week 4 – the third-most in NFL history.
Matthew Stafford has been sacked 16 times in 4 games. pic.twitter.com/Yvvu3uL4UP
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 4, 2022
Cowboys pass rush
San Francisco sacked Stafford seven times on Monday night. Behind a beat up offensive line, the veteran QB could be a sitting duck against Dan Quinn’s defense. While they only had two sacks, the Cowboys pressured Carson Wentz on 40.9% of his dropbacks in their 25-10 victory over Washington. Dallas also registered 11 combined sacks versus the Bengals and Giants in Weeks 2 and 3.
Demarcus Lawrence and 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons are set to feast on Sunday.
Cooper Rush keeps rolling
Cooper Rush is the first Cowboys quarterback to win each of his first four career starts. The practice squad hero remained calm, cool and collected in Dallas’ Week 4 win, throwing for 223 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.
While a Rams defense led by Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey will provide his stiffest competition yet, Dallas’ offensive line has kept the 28-year-old upright so far. Rush has only sustained four sacks in three 2022 games, and has yet to throw a pick this season.
COOPER RUSH: STILL UNDEFEATED 😤 pic.twitter.com/AUQCRSz15u
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 2, 2022
Los Angeles is a 4-point home favorite on Sunday with a low game total of 43.5 points. While it could be an overreaction to the Rams’ pathetic performance on Monday Night Football, it’s hard to see McVay’s club generating enough points to cover the spread.
Dallas’ D is third in points allowed and third in sacks per attempt. They have not given up 20 points in a game this season.
Meanwhile, Rush is on a roll. We like the Cowboys (+175) to upset the Rams on the road, setting up a possible QB controversy for Dallas against the division-rival Eagles in Week 6.
Final Score Prediction: Dallas 19, Rams 17
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