NFL Preseason 2016 Week 1: Cowboys/Rams Pick, Predictions, Preview, And Betting Odds

The NFL 2016 preseason Week 1 continues as the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams face off Saturday night. The game takes place at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and kickoff is at 8:00 p.m. EST. The current betting line/spread for the Cowboys/Rams game has the Rams favored by a line of -6 and the over/under is at 35.5.

About the Cowboys

The Cowboys finished an abysmal season last year with a horrendous record of 4-12. Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo and superstar wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered from injuries last year but appear to be healthy for the start of this year. Romo has been plagued with injuries throughout his career, including a twice-broken collar bone, and will most likely sit out this game; he hasn’t played a preseason game since 2012. Cowboys’ backup quarterback Dak Prescott will have plenty of field time, alongside backup Jameill Showers on Saturday night, and that probably isn’t good news for Cowboys fans. However, this gives them a chance to iron out the wrinkles to see who will be the No. 2 quarterback.

NFL Tony Romo will not be starting for the Cowboys for NFL Week 1 preseason 2016 game against the Rams Quarterback Tony Romo of the Cowboys has been plagued with injuries [Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]On the defensive end of things, a few rookies make their Cowboys debut this year in the NFL. Defensive linemen Charles Tapper (University of Oklahoma) and Maliek Collins (University of Nebraska) hope to prove they can start during NFL Week 1. Cowboys’ linebacker Jaylon Smith (University of Notre Dame) also makes his debut NFL game Saturday night and is also looking for a position on the starting team.

About the Rams

The former St. Louis Rams make their return to Los Angeles Saturday night for week 1 of the NFL preseason. The Rams finished 2015 with a record of 7-9 and hope for a fresh start as they return to a familiar city.

Rams’ quarterback Case Keenum is slated to start but overall NFL 2016 draft pick Jared Goff should get plenty of playing time. Goff is assumed to be the eventual replacement for Keenum, Case signed a one-year contract for the 2016 season and needs to play on the field as much as possible.

Wide receiver Tavon Austin adds to the Rams offense alongside rookie wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (University of South Carolina) and Pro Bowler running back Todd Gurley. Last year, the Rams defense struggled as they ended up in the bottom 10 in the NFL in yards allowed per game; 2016 looks promising though because of players like Mark Barron and Robert Quinn.


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Cowboys/Rams Pick for the NFL Preseason 2016 Week 1 Game

The -6 spread is a bit high and started out much lower at the beginning of the week. No doubt the sportsbooks are trying to balance out the wages as backing the Cowboys is rarely a wise move for NFL betters. The Rams excitement to return to Los Angeles and the psychological advantage can’t be ignored.

A very small wager on the Rams at -6 isn’t a bad play as the Cowboys veteran players will hardly see any field time and the Cowboys simply can’t be trusted. But the over/under may be where the true value lies; everything points to a low scoring game. Anything can happen this 2016 NFL season, especially in Week 1 of the preseason, but choosing the under and the Rams at -6 makes sense.

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