There’s no doubt the Dallas Cowboys watched Monday Night Football. The LA Rams are their next opponent and San Francisco has laid out how to beat the defending Super Bowl Champions.

How the 49ers watched and learned from LA’s game against the Buffalo Bills, the Cowboys will need to learn from San Francisco. Luckily, it’s all area’s the Cowboys not only have the ability to do, but they continue to excel at.

Through the first four games, Rams QB Matthew Stafford has been sacked 16 times. 14 coming from LA’s two losses. Featuring defenses (Buffalo and San Francisco) who love to dial up heavy blitz packages.

Blitz packages that revolve around five- or six-man pressure plays and a heavy rotation. Allowing Micah Parsons to not only roam the edges but play inside. Especially with the Rams having to completely change the interior offensive line due to injuries to Brian Allen and Coleman Shelton.

The Dallas Cowboys have three of the 10 highest pass rush win rate defenders in the league in Parsons (25%), Dorance Armstrong (30%) and DeMarcus Lawrence (31.3%). A very one-sided matchup. Going up against an offensive line, having just gave up 7 sacks in a game, four from a combined effort from Nick Bosa and Samson Ebukam.

The pressure placed on Matthew Stafford will force him to get the ball out sooner or throw to his check-down option. Meaning his two leading receivers, WR Cooper Kupp and TE Tyler Higbee, are likely to see the bulk of the targets once again.

If he is forced to throw it early and often, it can expose him to mistakes. Mistakes the Cowboys defense shows the willingness to abuse. Throwing into traffic, holding the ball too long, etc.

Pass rush is an easy concept to get. The Cowboys defense is making a living getting to the QB and causing bad throws and turnovers.

This will be the fourth game in a row the defense will face a suspect offensive line. If the Cowboys three-game win streak is any indication, there’s no reason to think they shouldn’t be able to dial up similar pressure.

Affecting the QB is only the first domino in what has become the forte of how the Cowboys control the game.

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