The Los Angeles Rams will host the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round of the playoffs this Saturday afternoon. The Rams were one-and-done in last year’s playoffs, so they’ll hope for a better result this weekend if the team many deemed “all in” for a Super Bowl run is to achieve their ultimate goal.
Can a healthy, rested Rams team take care of business at home? Or will the Cowboys play spoiler in the Coliseum?
The Turf Show Times’ staff make their picks...
I can’t. I’m just so Rams, thinking this should be a blow out by the Rams on paper. But my history is Rams find a way to blow it. I’m scared to death. I want to win so bad. I want to see Rams go to a Super Bowl. I want my Los Angeles Rams to win it all for once. They’re my life and soul. JUST WIN BABY, PLEASE JUST WIN!
Prediction: He can’t
Zeke probably runs for 150, but ultimately the Rams’ defense gets after Dak and forces key turnovers to keep the Rams rolling in the playoffs.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-17
Charlie Hiller (@charliehiller)
At this point, I can’t pick the Rams to lose. The biggest key will be the Rams’ defense. If they can contain Zeke, I gotta like their chances at winning.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-23
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
Playoff football is different, as we saw last week in the wildcard round. Offenses struggle, defenses reign supreme.
While I do expect some grogginess out of the Rams in the beginning, I predict their own defense will shake em awake with some huge/timely turnovers.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-20
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
They’re playing this game on my birthday. My prediction will be perfect, as will the Rams. The end.
Prediction: Rams win, 33-26
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
There’ll be plenty of tension in this one but a couple late turnovers will help the Rams pull away late.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-17
Kristian Ramirez (@KristianRamirez)
Can the Rams defense contain Zeke while keeping Dak in check? That’s going to be the key.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-20
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams get to host the hot Dallas Cowboys. The key to the game will be the rushing attacks of both teams. Ezekiel Elliott looks to build off his stellar game against the Seahawks while Todd Gurley comes back from a long period of rest while being backed up by veteran C.J. Anderson. Look for the Rams to try and attack the weakness of the Dallas D, the secondary. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks look to have a big impact while the Rams hope to get just enough from their defense in slowing down Ezekiel Elliott. CBs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib lean on their experience from playing Amari Cooper twice a year in their AFC West days as they hold him to under 80 yards.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-21
Tim Godfrey (@MrTimGodfrey)
The Cowboys barely beat Brian Schottenheimer’s offense, so take their wild card win with a grain of salt. I still haven’t forgiven Schottenheimer for calling a passing play without any of his starting running backs on the field. Our beloved Corey Harkey was lined up in the FB slot, but he had to block for Shaun Hill, who threw an interception at the goalline.
Don’t blame Schottenheimer, you have to play to win the game, said people who are stupid. It was second and goal with a minute left and the Rams were down by three.
I am willing to bet Dallas will struggle against an offense called by a genius and someone I don’t actively hate (Sean McBae).
Prediction: Rams win, 39-28
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
The Rams will come out more prepared after taking nearly a half to wake up against Atlanta last year. Look for the defense to limit big plays and force the Cowboys to withstand long drives. Offensively, you’ve got to get #30 involved early and often. Sean McVay will call a hell of a game, and we’ll carry on to the NFCCG. Lets go!
Prediction: Rams win, 27-20
Since I will not be in attendance at the Coli, I fully expect the Rams to do what they do, and win a close game under the lights. A late GZ field goal lifts the Rams to victory.
Prediction: Rams win, 30-28
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
A year after hosting the Atlanta Falcons on wild card weekend, the Los Angeles Rams divisional game against the Dallas Cowboys has a completely different feel to it. Last year, Rams fans were ecstatic to be in the playoffs and seemed prepared to accept the outcome - whether it was a win or loss. After all, they were far ahead of the expected curve for Sean McVay.
This year has a completely different feel to it. After acquiring 4 All-Pro caliber players, the Rams clearly pushed all of their proverbial chips to the center of the table. It made sense. They had created some cap flexibility and wanted to capitalize while Jared Goff is still on his rookie contract. Those expectations haven’t faded and I think I’m justified that anything short of playing in the Super Bowl would be a pretty big disappointment.
As such, I’m expecting the Rams to shake off the cobwebs and put on a dominant performance showing that their late season struggles were an anomaly. If they don’t, it could foreshadow a disappointing end to the season.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-23
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Prediction: Rams win, 38-13
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
I’m going to the game, so the Rams have to win. Otherwise, I’m not sure I’m allowed to go anymore. And that would make me sad.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-20