By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Dallas Cowboys will be in town for the Rams 2020 NFL season opener at the new SoFi Stadium this weekend. After weeks of uncertainty, waves of illness around Southern Cal and the country it appears there will be one more step to normal. The return of the NFL and even though no fans the debut of a brand new venue.
The game will be nationally televised Sunday night 5:20 PST. This is a chance for the world to see the epic new venue and also how this years version of the Rams look.
Jarred Goff QB will be looking to improve on the leagues number 11th ranked offense that had 4,495 passing yards and 16 interceptions. Veteran Robert Woods who had 90 catches for 1136 Yards and 4 TD’s will join Cooper Kupp team reception leader (94) and 10 touchdowns. “I’m always looking to improve, if I get better we all get better as an offense,” said Goff.
Upfront will be Andrew Whitworth (15 year) and Rob Havenstein at the tackles. Havenstein is returning after season ending injury last year. Joe Notaboom and Austin Blythe and Austin Curbett round out the offensive line that look to cut down on the 22 sacks allowed last year.
With the departure of Todd Gurley rookie running back Cam Akers edged out Malcom Brown and Darrell Henderson Jr. for the starting spot. The 52nd pick in the draft is ready for the challenge. “He’s a young player but we’re going to ask a lot of him,” said Rams coach Sean McVay.
On the Defensive side Michael Brockers and Sebastian Joseph Day will join All-world Aaron Donald up front.
Former Bruin Kenny Young RILB will start along-side and Micah Kiser LILB will be starters who will be joined by Leonard Floyd and Samsun Ebukam (48 tackles) as outside linebacker.
Safety Taylor Rapp 100 tackles will be trying to get there again. He will team up with Johnny Johnson III, Troy Hill and the ever present Jalen Ramsey in the Defensive back field. Sam Sloman will handle the place-kicking duties replacing Greg Zuerlein. The rookie from Miami (Ohio) had a easy philosophy during camp. “My mindset was control what I can control, it’s up to me to make as many kicks as possible.”