The Los Angeles Rams get the Sunday night spotlight in Week 1, as they will be officially opening their state-of-the-art SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, which is carrying a price tag of $5.5 billion. But instead of 100,000 screaming fans packing the stadium, no one is quite sure how many (if any) will be in the venue on Sept. 13 for this game, which is why Dallas has been installed as the slight favorite. Keep checking on this line as we get closer to the season once decisions have been made about fans in the stands.
Quarterback Dak Prescott, who was embroiled in contract negotiations with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at the time of this writing, is expected to be in uniform, but Dallas did sign long-time Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton as an insurance policy. Offensive stars Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper return for the Cowboys under new head coach Mike McCarthy, who is back in the NFL after losing his job in Green Bay midway through the 2018 season.
The Rams regressed from NFC champs in 2018 to missing the playoffs last season. They did take a couple of gambles in the third round of the draft in an effort to improve the secondary by selecting Terrell Lewis and Terrell Burgess, who will both be expected to lessen the blow from the departure of Dante Fowler. LA will also be using new running backs in 2020 after releasing Todd Gurley. Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson, and rookie Cam Akers will all have a chance to carry the football.
Despite both teams missing the playoffs, they did perform well against the spread in 2019 – Dallas was 9-7 ATS and the Rams were 10-5-1. These two teams met in Week 15 of last season, with the Cowboys recording a dominant 44-21 victory in Dallas.