The Los Angeles Rams’ return to the NFL has been met with a lot of excitement, especially for people who live in the southern California city, where they haven’t had a football team for decades. Someone else that is excited about the return of the NFL to Los Angeles is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, whose team won its first Super Bowl under Jones at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Despite the Rams return to Los Angeles, NFL betting odds don’t have the team making the playoffs this season.
In October 1992, Jones got to watch his Cowboys defeat the Rams in a game that showcased Emmitt Smith as one of the best young running backs in the league. Smith finished the game with 152 yards and 3 touchdowns on 29 carries.
Fittingly, the first team to play the Rams after their most recent relocation back to Los Angeles is none other than the Dallas Cowboys. For Jones, playing the Rams will be special because of the role Jones played in bringing the team back to Los Angeles.
Jones, who will be sitting next to Rams owner Stan Kroenke during the game, told reporters that when owners were discussing the team’s relocation, they were thinking about what was best for the team and the NFL. Jones said Kroenke had proved his commitment to the sport and the league by spending a lot of his money to make the relocation happen and also build a new stadium in Los Angeles. The fact that the Rams also have a great history and Los Angeles being the center of the entertainment world helped with the decision-making process.
Jones said having the Rams back in Los Angeles makes it a special time for the city and the league.
Interestingly, the last time the Cowboys played the Rams, 24 players on the Cowboys roster weren’t born yet. Head coach Jason Garrett was on the team’s practice squad that season.
The Cowboys got a little taste of what it will be like when the Cowboys play the Rams on Saturday after seeing the crowds that came to watch the teams practice. Even though the practices were marred by a few fights, the crowds were large and very vocal about supporting their team.
Things are going to be even louder when the first preseason game kicks off on Saturday. The team announced the amount of the ticket that has been sold (70,000 season tickets) and made some more available for the first preseason game, which could bring the attendance up to 91,000 people which are quite impressive for a preseason game.
Garrett told reporters he doesn’t know what the atmosphere is going to be like, but he knows that everyone in Southern California is excited to have the Rams back. Garrett said he anticipates that a lot of the people will be cheering for the Rams, but he also made sure to mention that the Cowboys have been training in Oxnard, California for a while, and have their own following in California as well.
New Cowboys running back Alfred Morris said the game will be electrifying despite just being a preseason game because the fans are excited to have their team back.