NFC Divisional Round Betting Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs. LA Rams – Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

by | Jan 12, 2019 | NFL

Matchup at a Glance

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 8:15 PM

Where: LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA.

Point Spread: LA Rams -7

Betting Total: 49

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The Dallas Cowboys won their NFC Wild Card game on Saturday and will now advance to take on the LA Rams on Saturday, January 12, 2019.  

This game is being played at the LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 8:15 PM ET on Fox.  

Bookmaker has set the point spread for this game at LA Rams -7 and total for over/under plays at 49 points.

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys advanced to the NFC Divisional Round by knocking off the Seattle Seahawks by the score 24-22.  The game was much closer than Dallas fans would have liked but they got the win nonetheless.

QB Dak Prescott had a big game, throwing for 226 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, while also running for 29 yards and another touchdown.  Ezekiel Elliott also had a big game, running the ball 26 times for 137 yards and a touchdown.

With the win, the Cowboys are now 11-6 on the year SU and 9-8 ATS on the season.  The Cowboys will now go on the road, where they have really struggled. The Cowboys were just 3-5 on the road this year.  

The Cowboys started out the year 0-4 on the road but finished the year 3-1 on the road, to get themselves to the postseason.  They will now travel to the west coast, where they will face the LA Rams.

The Cowboys will once again lean heavily on the abilities of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott.  Prescott threw for 3,885 yards this year while Elliott ran for 1,434 yards on the season. They will go up against the Rams defense that was one of the best in 2017-2018 but has really struggled this year, in 2018-2019.   

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LA Rams

The LA Rams are coming off a bye week as the #2 seed in the NFC postseason.  They were 13-3 SU and 7-8-1 ATS on the year and most importantly, they were 7-1 at home this year.  

The Rams will enter the NFC Divisional Round of the postseason with the 2nd ranked offense behind the running of Todd Gurley.  Gurley and the Rams rushing attack is ranked 3rd in the NFL with 139.4 yards per game.

Gurley is having a strong season, running for 1,251 yards and 17 touchdowns but he has really battled some injuries as of late.  Gurley is dealing with a knee injury that has hampered his play but he stated most recently in an interview, that he feels much better and he ended last week in pads and able to make the cuts that he hasn’t been able to make.  

The Rams will have CJ Anderson getting a handful of carries, whether or not Gurley is able to carry a full workload.  Anderson is an experienced back that can play clean up and give Gurley’s knees a rest.

Jared Goff may have more pressure on him and the passing game, to try to keep the work limited for Gurley.  Goff has had a great year, throwing for 4,688 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

Goff has two receivers that each has over 1,200 receiving yards each with Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks.  Woods has caught 86 receptions for 1,219 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Cooks has caught 80 receptions for 1,204 yards and 5 touchdowns.    

Rams Blowout Cowboys

The Cowboys were not very impressive to me last week and if I’m being totally honest, I don’t think they belong in the postseason.  They are not the same caliber of team as the other teams playing in the postseason and he level of competition is about the show.

The Rams offense is levels above the talent level of the Cowboys defense and this game could have the potential for a blowout!  The line in the game is set at LA Rams -7. I think the game will be fairly close in the first quarter, potentially into the second quarter but the rest of the game will be all Rams.  Cowboys struggle with scoring and when you are playing against an offense like the Rams, that is a recipe for disaster. Rams win this one by double-digits!

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