Sunday Night Football: How to Watch, Live Stream Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams

The first Sunday Night Football of the NFL season ushers in a new era for professional football, as the Los Angeles Rams officially inaugurate SoFi Stadium.

The coronavirus pandemic means the Rams' new shiny home will be desolately empty when they take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, who open a new chapter of their own as Mike McCarthy makes his debut as the franchise's new head coach.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday Night Football.

  • Kickoff time—The Rams host the Cowboys at the brand new So-Fi Stadium in Los Angeles. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 13.
  • TV channel—NBC
  • Live stream—NBC's digital platforms, the NBC Sports website and fuboTV.
  • Odds—DraftKings has the Cowboys as 2.5-point favorite and 9/10 to cover the spread, while in moneyline terms Dallas is a 17/25 favorite and the Rams are 5/4 underdogs. The over/under line in terms of points scored is set at 37.5.
  • Series history—The Cowboys lead the all-time series 14-12 and have won four of the last five games against the Rams.

The Rams have a new state-of-the-art stadium but major improvements are required if SoFi Stadium is to welcome playoffs football in its debut season. A year removed from torching defenses across the NFL en route to Super Bowl LIII, the Rams struggled badly last season and huge question marks surround their offense ahead of the season, the biggest of which is next to Jared Goff's name. A year ago, the Rams handed their quarterback a four-year extension worth $134 million and while Goff ranked third in the NFL with 4,638 passing yards last season and became the first quarterback in Rams history to pass the 4,500 passing yards threshold in consecutive seasons, he looked the pale imitation of the player who had reached the Super Bowl 12 months earlier.

Rams coach Sean McVay needs Goff to swiftly rediscover his form, particular after the Rams opted to surprisingly cut star running back Todd Gurley during the offseason to give themselves some breathing room in terms of salary cap.

Unlike Goff, Dak Prescott is yet to pen a multi-year extension and will play on the franchise tender this season after failing to agree a long-term extension with Dallas in the offseason. The Cowboys quarterback passed for a career-high 4,092 yards—the second-highest passing yards in a single season in franchise history—and 30
touchdowns last season, ranking second and fourth in the NFL in the respective categories.

With the exception of Patrick Mahomes, few quarterbacks in the league are surrounded by the amount of talent Prescott has at his disposal. Wideouts Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup both passed the 1,000-receiving yard threshold last season, while running back Ezekiel Elliott ranked second in the league with 1,777 scrimmage
yards last season and nobody has amassed more scrimmage yards in the NFL than Elliott over the last four seasons.

The Cowboys used their first-round pick of this year draft on CeeDee Lamb and the electric wide receiver out of Alabama could make Dallas' offense even harder to stop, as former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy replaces Jason Garrett in the hot seat.

McCarthy should be a considerable upgrade on Garrett, but only a first Super Bowl title in 24 years would be considered success in Dallas.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, Jared Goff
Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys hugs Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams after the game at AT&T Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Richard Rodriguez/Getty