This Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys play a football game. Yes, it's just a preseason game, but on the long road back from the awful 2015 season and the horrible 4-12 record, this represents a major milestone. Football is back. The Cowboys will travel just a little south from Oxnard to play the Los Angeles Rams. You heard that right, the Los Angeles Rams. Football has returned to the City of the Angels and the Cowboys will be the opponent for their first organized game, even though it's just preseason.
The Cowboys head into this game with a few major objectives, besides the always overriding theme of preseason - no injuries. They want to see just how Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers perform in a game-like situation. Dallas is still deciding whether they want to bring in a veteran quarterback to be their backup, or if they'll ride with the youngsters. This game will probably go a long way to helping make that decision. If they play well, the Cowboys may choose to wait a little longer, if they bomb, the organization may choose to quit waiting and make a move.
Dallas also will want to see how some of the young, inexperienced talent along the defensive line plays. We all know about the suspension to DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory, so having some of the young guys perform well is critical in the first quarter of the season. Saturday's game will be a good test. Other notable things to watch: the linebacker rotation, Darius Jackson at running back, and can WR Andy Jones continue his hot streak.
What You Need To Know
Date: August 13th, 2016
Game time: 8:00 PM EST
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - Los Angeles, CA
TV channel: ESPN
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden
Streaming: NFL Game Pass - During preseason you can watch the game live by streaming it with NFL Game Pass.
Dallas Cowboys record: (0-0)
Los Angeles Rams record: (0-0)
Latest Injury report:
Disclaimer: Don't put too much stock in the injury designations, teams will likely sit out guys who are not 100% healthy or are veterans.
Dez Bryant - WR - Foot - Probable
Maliek Collins - DT - Foot - PUP List
Lance Dunbar - RB - Knee - PUP List
Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Hamstring - Probable (Likely won't play)
Gavin Escobar - TE -Achilles - Probable
Doug Free - T - Foot - Questionable
Andrew Gachkar - LB - Thumb - Questionable
James Hanna - TE - Knee - PUP List
Benson Mayowa - DE - Knee - PUP List
Darren McFadden - RB - Elbow - Non-Football Injury
Kellen Moore - QB - Lower Leg - Out
Lawrence Okoye - DE - Ankle - Probable
Tony Romo - QB - Collarbone - Probable
Jaylon Smith - LB - Knee - Non-Football Injury
Devin Street - WR - Leg - Probable
Kyle Wilber LB Back Probable
Damien Wilson LB Eye Non-Football Injury
Los Angeles Rams
Tavon Austin - WR - Leg - Probable
Dominique Easley - DT - Knee - Probable
Rob Havenstein - T - Foot - PUP List
Tyler Higbee - TE - Knee - Questionable
Trumaine Johnson - CB - Concussion - Questionable
Robert Quinn - DE - Back - Probable
Rodger Saffold - G - Shoulder - Probable
Odds: Dallas +3
Prediction: Cowboys 20 - Rams 27
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