MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
When: Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 4:25 PM
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX
Point Spread: Rams -1
Betting Total: 49 points
How weird has the NFC been this year? Not only have the LA Rams and Dallas Cowboys been disappointments, but teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and New Orleans Saints have continued to win despite criticism and injuries.
The Cowboys are 6-7 and lead their division, while the Rams are 8-5 and sit at third place in their division.
Both teams come stacked with talented rosters, but the Rams have easily separated themselves from Dallas with their recent play. The Rams have now won two straight games where the outcome was never really in question, while the Cowboys have lost three straight disasters.
The Cowboys can still turn it around and keep hopes alive with a win against the Rams, but they also needed to beat the Patriots, Bills, and Bears — we know how those turned out.
LA Rams Looking For Third Straight Victory
The Los Angeles Rams will travel to Arlington, TX riding a two-game winning streak and looking to build off an impressive 28-12 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at home. The Rams have underperformed this season in an NFC West division that has seen the San Francisco 49ers and Seahawks get off to 11-2 and 10-3 starts, respectively.
Sitting at 8-5, the Rams are fighting for a Wild Card playoff spot. They currently own the second ticket behind the Minnesota Vikings, but the Bears, Cowboys, Eagles, and Bucs aren’t far behind — making this game against Dallas a must-win for the Rams.
Despite under-performing this year, Los Angeles still has one of the most talented rosters in all of football and combine that with one of the greatest young coaches in the league. These are the things that become increasingly important as the regular season winds down and playoffs near.
Turnovers will have to be limited against the Cowboys, something Jared Goff has struggled with this season. The Rams should be encouraged to hit a few deep shots early to allow Todd Gurley to do his thing, but should be careful against a Cowboys’ secondary that can play well at times.
Dallas Cowboys Continue to Crumble
The Dallas Cowboys have a talented roster as well, but they’ve been a dumpster fire all year due to displeasure from Jerry Jones. Expected to be Super Bowl contenders at the beginning of the year, the Cowboys have been far from it.
Still, largely in part to a terrible NFC East division, the Cowboys remain in first place with a 6-7 record and have a good shot at a playoff ticket.
That doesn’t mean they’ll get there, though. The Philadelphia Eagles also have a 6-7 record and can steal the division, which would leave Dallas short of a Wild Card spot. Dallas desperately needs to win out in order to keep hopes alive.
That’ll be tough to do the way they’ve been playing lately. Losers of three straight, the Cowboys have been struggling in all three phases of the game. Injuries to Byron Jones, Michael Bennett, and Sean Lee have them listed as questionable, which won’t help their chances on defense.
The Cowboys need to find a way to get the ball into Ezekiel Elliott’s hands, but the defense needs to give them an opportunity. If Dallas’ defense can’t stay off the field and they have to turn to Dak, then the Cowboys will likely be looking at four straight.
Rams/Cowboys Betting Lines
You can place a bet on this matchup at BetOnline, among many other online sportsbooks. BetOnline currently has the Los Angeles Rams (-120) with a slight advantage over the Dallas Cowboys (+100), though they do think it will be a tight game. The Rams are given 1 point in the spread.
As far as the over/under goes, BetOnline has the game listed at 49 points — meaning they expect offense to come from somewhere.
Free Betting Pick
Looking at the Dallas Cowboys past three games, it’s clear they have a lot to figure out until they’re taken seriously again. To be honest, I don’t see that happening until they secure a head coach for the future. With that being said, it’s going to be tough to put any confidence in the Dallas Cowboys — against any team.
I think the Rams are turning a corner late in the season and if they can keep their Wild Card hopes alive, I think they can make a splash once playoffs come. I don’t see the Dallas Cowboys posing any threat to the Rams this week and think they win by one touchdown at least.
I've got the final score 34-20 in favor of the Rams.