The Los Angeles Rams (8-5) travel to Texas this weekend for a pivotal NFC battle with the Dallas Cowboys (6-7). Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on December 15th at AT&T Stadium and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Cowboys listed as 1-point home underdogs. The spread has increased by half a point after early betting, as Dallas is currently available at +1.5. The total for this matchup is 48.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 15 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Cowboys vs Rams Game Odds & Betting Preview
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams won their second straight game last weekend after beating Seattle 28-12 on Sunday Night Football. Los Angeles scored three touchdowns in the first half and never looked back, keeping the Seahawks offense out of the end zone the entire game. QB Jared Goff went 22/31 for 293 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air but also got picked off twice as well. RB Todd Gurley led the way on the ground, rushing for 79 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 23 carries. Tyler Higbee and Robert Woods torched the secondary, combining for 214 receiving yards and a touchdown. As a whole, the Rams gained around 450 total yards of offense and found the end zone four times in the win.
Los Angeles was very solid defensively against the Seahawks, surrendering 351 total yards of offense and no touchdowns. The Rams were especially strong defending against the passing, forcing an interception and not allowing any Seattle receivers to gain more than 80 total yards.
The Cowboys lost their third consecutive game last week, falling 31-24 on the road against Chicago on Thursday Night Football to drop back below the .500 mark on the season. Dallas jumped out to an early lead but completely fell apart in the second and third quarter, giving up 24 unanswered points. QB Dak Prescott went 27/49 for 334 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while RB Ezekiel Elliott found the end zone twice on the ground on two of his 19 carries for 81 yards. Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper also chipped in, combining for 192 receiving yards and a touchdown. Overall, the Cowboys generated well over 400 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns despite coming up short on the scoreboard.
Dallas had a rough outing on the other side of the ball against the Bears, getting lit up for close to 400 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. The Cowboys had no answer for Chicago WR Allen Robinson, as he scored two touchdowns despite making only five catches for 48 yards.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Rams -1.5
It’s pretty hard to have any faith in the Cowboys right now, as the entire organization looks completely dysfunctional right now. Between Jerry Jones throwing verbal jabs during media availability and poor coaching decisions from Jason Garrett, things don’t look good for Dallas moving forward. While they could always find a way to limp into the post-season in an ultra-weak NFC East, it certainly looks like they are headed for a first round exit at best. On the other side, Los Angeles has really been playing well over the past couple of weeks, racking up 62 total points on offense while only allowing 19 points against.
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While I also don’t really mind the UNDER on 48.5 total points scored, my favorite play from this matchup is the Rams against the spread. Los Angeles has gone a very impressive 9-4 ATS through their first 13 games of the season, including covering the number in five out of their last six road outings. Dallas has been very pedestrian at home this season as well, going only 3-3 ATS. The Rams have also had the upper hand against the spread in this NFC rivalry over the past couple of years, going 2-1 ATS in their last three battles against the Cowboys. I’m going to lay the 1.5 points and take a shot with the slight road favorite on Sunday afternoon – give me Los Angeles and the UNDER.