The Rams and the Cowboys finished 2016 heading in polar opposite directions.
The Rams’ first season in Los Angeles was a 4-12 disappointment, marked by a malfunctioning offense, a brutal rookie year for #1 overall pick Jared Goff, and the firing of head coach Jeff Fisher following a 42-14 loss against the Falcons.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, finished 13-3, found their franchise quarterback in Dak Prescott, a franchise running back in Ezekiel Elliott, and came within a miracle completion by Aaron Rodgers from playing in the NFC Championship Game.
Even though the franchises appear to be trending in opposite directions, and the Cowboys won 9 more games than the Rams last year, today in The Herd Colin made the bold prediction that Dallas will only win 1 or 2 more games than L.A. in 2017.
He thinks the Rams could be one of the most improved teams in the NFL this year after hiring offensive wunderkind Sean McVay, and making significant upgrades to their offensive personnel. All should help Jared Goff’s development in his second year. Colin thinks the Rams will be one of the most improved teams in the NFL, and could double their win total from 4 to 8 this year.
While many are predicting the Cowboys will continue to trend upward after a surprise 13 win season last year, Colin thinks they’ll regress. The main reason is one of the toughest schedules in the league, including facing the tough AFC West out of conference, and finishing the year with Washington, New York, Oakland, Seattle and Philly.
The end result? The Cowboys will only finish 1 or 2 wins better than the L.A.
“The gap was 9 wins last year, and the Cowboys and Rams will only have a 1 or 2 game gap this year.”
Watch Colin explain why the Rams and Cowboys will end the year with similar win totals:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 29, 2017