The LA Rams share the same fate as the Cowboys, 49ers, and Packers

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Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings

If you were secretly hoping for a solid showing for former LA Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell in his debut as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, you’re in luck. He led his team to a grand victory over their NFC North Division rivals, the Green Bay Packers, and did so in such a way that has left the Packers fans asking as many questions about their team as LA Rams fans are asking about the Rams team.

The Vikings have no questions about their team. WR Justin Jefferson made claims that he relished a Cooper-Kupp-like role that O’Connell brought with him to infuse into the Vikings offense, and then proceeded to put up 184 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener. But perhaps the bigger story is the fact that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was rendered almost useless, throwing 22 of 34 passes for 195 yards, 0 touchdowns, and one interception.

The Packers played the game with multiple backup offensive linemen. Now, they need health and wins, two items that run scarce in the NFL right now.

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Now, how ’bout them Cowboys?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of those teams that, with Tom Brady under center, will remain in the discussion for Super Bowls. Perhaps a more impressive statistic about the Buccaneers is how incredibly well their team matches up against the Dallas Cowboys.  The Buccaneers defense is built to stop the run and put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, which is exactly what the defense did in their week one victory over the Cowboys.

The Cowboys team is built to grab an early lead, and then turn the running game loose on the opponent to control the clock and let the defense pin their ears back and chase down the quarterback.  But that never happened. It was the Bucs’ RB Leonard Fournette who piled up 127 yards on the ground. It was Bucs QB Tom Brady who threw the only touchdown in the game.

But it was Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott who left the game with an injured throwing hand, and will likely miss up to eight weeks.

That will extend to Week 5 when the LA Rams are scheduled to host the Dallas Cowboys.

In Week 1, the Cowboys’ offense was inept before Dak Prescott was injured. Now? The Cowboys will need a lot from their running game

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And finally, to the Rams’ NFC West Division rivals: