With two of the strongest rosters in the league, its going to be tough for lesser-known players to make a splash in the matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams in Hawaii this weekend. With both of these teams expected to make deep playoff runs, however, this is a time to see which of these NFC teams is better equipped to deal with any injuries that might hamper them during the season.

The Rams have two key backups that could end up seeing serious playing time this season if things dont go as planned. Backup quarterback Blake Bortles left the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason, following years of criticism that he was the one piece holding back the team from Super Bowl glory. After an uninspiring Week 1 performance, there is a question of whether Bortles can even be effective as a backup at this point.

Rams all-star running back Todd Gurley is a key piece of their post-season plans, but the team is hoping that third-round pick Darrell Henderson can shoulder some of the burden. If Gurleys nagging health issues persist, Henderson could find himself a bell cow running back for stretches of the season.

The Dallas Cowboys have a similar situation. Running back Ezekiel Elliot is on the fourth year of his five year rookie contract, and he isnt being paid anywhere near what his production demands. The Cowboys appearbearish on renegotiating his contract, possibly due to Elliots off the field issues. If fourth-rounder Tony Pollard turns into a workhorse back, then the Cowboys front office might have more leverage with Elliot.

In the Dallas backfield, rookie Donovan Wilson is showing promise at safety. He might be able to fight his way into playing time opposite Xavier Woods, even though he was just a sixth-round pick.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams

  • When:Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10pm ET
  • Where:Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Streaming:NFL Network (free trials with various streaming services)

How to watch the Cowboys vs. Rams online

The Cowboys vs. Rams game continues theNFL Networks run of nationally televising the first week of the preseason, but even if youve cut the cable cord or you want to watch it on your mobile device, there are plenty of ways to accomplish that. But first, youll need to get acquainted with NFL Network.

What isNFL Network?

If you want to be immersed in pro football, NFL Network is the place to go. Theres plenty to love about NFL Network, including the ability to watch exclusive shows likeGood Morning Football,NFL Total Access, A Football Life,Inside the NFL, and most importantly, SundaysNFL GameDayonce the regular season begins. Theres also daily programming devoted to power rankings and fantasy football that football lovers will geek out over. NFL Network shows most Thursday night games during the regular season, and itll exclusively show some of the international games in 2019. Take note, though: NFL Network can no longer be seen via DirecTV Now.

The bottom line: If you want to get closer to the action and catch (almost) everyThursday Night Footballgame, you need NFL Network.


Cowboys vs. Rams live stream: How to watch NFL Network

1)Sling TV


If you want to watch the Cowboys vs. Rams online via Sling TV, youll need to be subscribed to either Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month).Both of those packages include NFL Network and a number of sports channelslike three ESPN channels, NBCSN, and FS1and its still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages.Sling TV also offers a specialLatino packagefor bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Heres a complete guide toSling TV channelsand ourSling TV review.)


If youre a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and youre a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, includingFubo Latino and Fubo Portugus.FuboTVs basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, youll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels likeFX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans isESPN. You can addFubos Sports Pluspackage for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you tostream NFL RedZone,(Heres the completeFuboTV channels list.)

3)PlayStation Vue

If youd like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that its also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, youll get to choose from four tiers of channelsall but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks.You can see the fulllist of PlayStation Vue channelshere. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and theres also unlimited cloud DVR.

Other ways to watch NFL Network online

1)The NFL app

Cost:Depends on provider

Devices:Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, Android RV, iOS and Android devices

If you subscribe to NFL Network through a cable provideror you know someone who does and they owe you a relatively large favoryou can also watch via the official NFL app. All you have to do is download it from your streaming device of choiceAmazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, or Android TVand then enter in your cable credentials when prompted. You can also stream on any iOS or Android device, or on your desktop. Just visitnfl.com/watch.

The Cowboys vs. Rams game continues theNFL Networks run of nationally televising the first week of the preseason, but even if youve cut the cable cord or you want to watch it on your mobile device, there are plenty of ways to accomplish that. But first, youll need to get acquainted with NFL Network.

Cowboys vs. Rams: Why it matters

Expectations are high for both the Rams and the Cowboys. Los Angeles made the Super Bowl last year and Dallas might have if they werent bounced from the playoffs by the Rams. Both teams have an exciting young core of players and both teams feel their Super Bowl windows might closing as notable players are coming to the end of their rookie contracts.

When it comes to the leagues elite teams, depth matters. The New England Patriots have established their dynastic dominance in part because they always seem to be able to find new offensive weapons for Tom Brady.

If the Cowboys and the Rams want to get over the hump, they will have to do the same thing, or get extremely lucky. Though names likeTony Pollard, Donovan Wilson, and Darrell Henderson might be new to you, one injury or suspension could make them essential to the fate of their teams.

Tune in on Saturday night to get a glimpse of which team might have the extra bit of roster strength to put them over the top when it counts.

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