Cow­boys (10-6) at Rams (13-3)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NEWS - Cameron DaSilva

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Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Rams by 7

Cow­boys’ keys to vic­tory: There’s no ques­tion about what they like to do on offense: run the foot­ball. RB Ezekiel El­liott car­ried it 26 times for 137 yards and a touch­down in the wild-card win against the Sea­hawks, which aligns with how the Cow­boys have op­er­ated on offense all sea­son. If they can run it suc­cess­fully, they’ll have a great chance to win, keep­ing the ball out of the hands of QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gur­ley. Dal­las will need to con­vert in the red zone, how­ever, which it has strug­gled to do all sea­son. The Cow­boys have to use QB Dak Prescott’s legs in the red zone and not set­tle for field goals.

Rams’ keys to vic­tory: When they had one or fewer turnovers in the reg­u­lar sea­son, they were 9-1. When they had two or more, they were 4-2. Pro­tect­ing the foot­ball starts with Goff, who fum­bled it eight times in the final six weeks and threw six in­ter­cep­tions in the last five games.An­other key is shut­ting down the Cow­boys’ run­ning at­tack, which ranked 10th in rush­ing at­tempts this sea­son.

Matchup to watch: Rams DT Aaron Don­ald vs. Cow­boys LG Con­nor Wil­liams. Don­ald will have a fa­vor­able matchup on the in­te­rior against rookie Wil­liams. Wil­liams will get help from C Joe Looney, too, but this has all the mak­ings of a phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mance by Don­ald.

Who wins? The Cow­boys sim­ply don’t have the offense to keep up with the Rams, de­spite boast­ing a dom­i­nant de­fense and two great lineback­ers. The Rams’ offense will do just enough to come away vic­to­ri­ous.

Rams, 27-24

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