The Los Angeles Rams will kick off 2017 with a preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys for a second-consecutive year
Rookie Head Coach Sean McVay is prepping the Rams for a matchup against the Cowboys Saturday, August 12 to open their season. Last year the two teams met in a preseason opener and L.A. walked away with a close 28-24 victory.
This year, McVay, the youngest head coach in the NFL, will look to use the preseason to get his offense clicking on all cylinders. Most of the Rams’ players are learning a new system, including second-year quarterback Jared Goff, and will need the preseason reps to get familiar with McVay’s offense against a different NFL team.
Last season L.A. was ranked last in total offense and points in the NFL, while Dallas was ranked 5th in both categories. The Rams averaged 14.0 points per game to the Cowboys’ 26.3.
McVay will try to turn the tide on L.A.’s offensive output although projections are not kind. One of McVay’s weapons may be using star running back Todd Gurley in the Rams’ passing game as a way to vary their offense and be less predictable.
Head Coach Sean McVay met with the media following Day 9 of Rams Training Camp in Irvine, Calif.
L.A.’s preseason opener will be a measure of how far they’ve come under their new head coach and how much further they need to go to contend with the league’s best.
They’ll be up against QB Dak Prescott coming off a Rookie of the Year season with a total QBR of 104.9. Rams Defensive Coordinator and ex-Cowboys Head Coach Wade Phillips has the task of slowing him down, however, he has to do so without the services of star defensive tackle and team leader in sacks, Aaron Donald who still hasn’t reported to training camp over a contract dispute.
L.A. has four preseason games to get their offense rolling. Their first regular season game will be at home against the Indianapolis Colts.