St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys - 9/21/14 NFL Pick and Odds
Dallas Cowboys (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Edward Jones Dome)
The Line: St. Louis Rams +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Cowboys will visit the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Dallas Cowboys bounced back from their embarrassing opening week loss to the 49ers with a road win over the Tennessee Titans. The Cowboys have the second best rushing attack in the NFL, which starts with DeMarco Murray who has 285 yards and two touchdowns on 51 carries. If that production continues and Murray can stay healthy, the Cowboys have something going forward. Now the Cowboys just have to get Tony Romo on the right track, as he simply hasn’t been himself despite his 63.6 percent completion percentage. Dez Bryant leads Dallas with 158 receiving yards and already has two receptions of 20 or more yards. Defensively, the Dallas Cowboys are allowing 316.5 yards per game, have forced two turnovers and three sacks. Rolando McClain leads the Cowboys with 15 tackles and an interception, while Barry Church has added 11 tackles and two pass deflections.
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The St. Louis Rams are coming off a decent road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Rams have gotten off to a slow start on both sides of the ball, as their ground game is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry and a talented defensive front has produced just one sack. Quarterback Austin Davis is completing 73.1 percent of his passes but has zero touchdowns and one interception. Davis has also been sacked six times in just two games. Besides wide receiver Brian Quick, who has 173 yards on just 14 catches, the Rams seem desperate for playmakers and need a spark that will get them going. Defensively, the St. Louis Rams are allowing 343.5 yards per game and have forced just one turnover. Rodney McLeod leads the Rams with 12 tackles and an interception, while rookie Aaron Donald has three tackles for loss.
The Rams have shown almost nothing on either side of the ball lately, while we know what the Cowboys are capable of at least offensively. I'm not sure the Rams are going to be able to keep up with the Cowboys offensive attack if it gets going on this fast track. Give me Dallas and the small chalk.