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St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2011

The Dallas Cowboys look to end a two-game losing streak when the host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. 

The Rams have yet to win a game all season, but that doesn't mean they don't stand a chance against the Cowboys. 

Both teams are in desperate need of a victory, which definitely makes this an intriguing matchup. Should the Cowboys lose, they will certainly face a lot more scrutiny than if the Rams lose another game. 

With that said, let's take a look at some specifics of this NFC showdown. 

 

When: Sunday, Oct. 23 at 4:15 p.m. ET

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

Watch: FOX

 

Spread 

The Cowboys are favored at -13, which is too high for my liking. The Rams aren't a bad team, but they've been plagued by injuries and a very tough schedule. Even though St. Louis has lost ATS all season, I like the Rams here because I think the Cowboys will find a way to screw it up.

 

Over/Under 

The over/under is set at 43.5, and both teams are talented enough to put up a good amount of points, so take the over. Each team has great playmakers, which is why I believe they will go over. 

 

Key Injuries 

For the Rams, QB Sam Bradford (ankle) remains a game-time decision, but cornerback Brian Jackson (knee) and defensive end C.J. Ah You (wrist) are out for Sunday. 

For the Cowboys, running back Felix Jones (ankle) is out, and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (back) is questionable. 

 

Fantasy Big Plays 

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02:  Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a catch during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Tony Romo and both Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are must-starts on the Cowboys side. The Rams defense may be 10th in the league against the pass, but the Cowboys are still going to put up great passing numbers, especially since their best running back is out. 

For the Rams, I would sit Bradford, but do start Steven Jackson. While the Cowboys have the No. 1 rushing defense and will be gunning for Jackson, he's still one of the top backs in the league. The Rams are counting on him to deliver, and he will find the end zone on Sunday. 

 

Keys to St. Louis Win 

The Rams really need Bradford to play, but if he doesn't, the key to winning is to block well for Jackson. 

Another key is for the defense to step up big time. They're near the bottom of the league against the run, as well as getting pressure on the QB. That has to change on Sunday if they want to win because to beat the Cowboys, you have to frustrate Romo and create turnovers. 

 

Keys to Dallas Win 

The Cowboys cannot turn the ball over or it's going to be a long day. Too often they have shot themselves in the foot this season, and should it happen on Sunday then Dallas could very well lose this game. 

Even though Felix Jones is out, the Cowboys need to establish the run game with DeMarco Murray and Tashard Choice. It will open up the pass and create those big plays that fans love to see so much. 

 

Prediction 

The Rams will struggle in the early going, especially if Bradford doesn't play. But after they force a couple turnovers, they will make it a competitive game. The addition of Brandon Lloyd will prove to be a big one, as he will help the Rams keep this game close. 

However, in the end the Cowboys will prevail. They have the better defense, and that will prove to be the difference-maker on Sunday. The Rams will prevent Dallas from covering, but they just don't have enough to get their first win of the season. 

Cowboys 30, Rams 21

 

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