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Dallas Cowboys vs. LA Rams 2017: Prediction, Betting Odds For Week 4

Here's what to watch for... "So, yeah, they've done a tremendous job so far".

That happened to the Rams against running backs who did not finish top 10 in rushing a year ago. In that game, Kupp caught both passes thrown his way while finishing with 17 yards, but also the 49ers' defense deserves some credit for making it hard on the wideout to get open. "And then all of a sudden you turn up and we start having what we looked we started getting a little daylight". Here's what we we do know, however. The Rams defense is expected to dominate in 2017. Martin is a top-notch guard who is considered one of the top run-blocking linemen in the NFL. "For guys to play the positions they do, sometimes you don't really think about that". Elliott is only averaging 3.5 yards per carry thus far, while the offensive line hasn't been as dominant, but look for OC Scott Linehan to make a concerted effort to establish the run early and often. He posted a career-high three sacks in Monday's victory over Arizona to become the first Dallas player to notch three in a game since DeMarcus Ware in 2011. Gurley has also added an additional 140 yards and two TDs catching the ball out of the backfield.

It was an explosive play, but it was also very risky. Dallas boasts the National Football League sack leader in DeMarcus Lawrence and an up and coming secondary featuring three rookies. The Cowboys blitz fewer times than most teams, but that could change Sunday if Los Angeles' pass protection continues to keep Goff clean. The Rams do so on nearly 40%.

In keeping with that same thread, how will the Cowboys offensive line try to neutralize Rams all-world defensive tackle Aaron Donald?

Cowboys are a tough opponent for the Rams. Goff has almost doubled his yard per attempt to 10.1, completed over 70 percent of his passes, and posted a passer rating of 118.2, all top-3 marks in the NFL.

With Prescott and the multiple weapons on the Dallas offense, Phillips said the Rams will have to improve this week.

A 3-0 start would have been marvelous, but even 1-2 would have been a disaster.

"Going into Dallas - they're America's team", said Rams running back Todd Gurley.

The Cowboys are 2-6 SU and ATS in their last eight games in Week 4. I would be surprised if Sean Lee is going to play.

"Any time you have success, you have confidence", Goff said, "whether it's in practice or in the film room or wherever". However, I worry about the Rams struggling rush defense against a talented back like Ezekiel Elliot. I'm excited to see him take the field with Jourdan Lewis and enjoy what they've got in store for us. Somewhat surprisingly, Los Angeles now owns the fifth worst rushing defense.

"They are constantly working", Saffold said. Rams will most probably not be able to stop them. This will allow Dallas to control time of possession and get Elliott back on track, making him a valuable asset in all fantasy formats this week.

The downside of the short week for the Cowboys is that starters like Nolan Carroll (concussion) and Anthony Hitchens (knee) - who both missed Monday's game against Arizona - won't have much time to heal before Week 4 kicks off. For anyone who can't get it on television, check out NFL Sunday Ticket for streaming services or Game Pass for replays. TE Jason Witten fourth all-time with 1,107 catches, but had just one against Cardinals. To make matters worse, the Rams are coming off ten days of rest.

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