Sunday Night Football returns to primetime with a Week 1 NFC showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams.
Dallas has a new head coach, but the same annual expectations of making it to the Playoffs and competing for a Super Bowl. The Rams have seen many key contributors on both sides of the ball leave L.A. for one reason or another, but still have an air raid attack on offense.
Can the Cowboys start the McCarthy era with a primetime victory or will the Rams show the rest of the league that they still have plenty of talent on the roster? Kickoff inside SoFi Stadium is at 8:20 PM ET.
Cowboys vs Rams Live Odds and Betting History
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
Over 52 (-110)
Los Angeles Rams
Under 52 (-110)
Los Angeles Rams
2019 ATS Home
2019 ATS Away
2019 O/U Home
2019 O/U Away
Cowboys vs Rams NFL Game Preview
The Cowboys and the Rams have faced each other 35 total times with Dallas holding the slight advantage at 18-17. These two teams played twice in 2019 with each team getting a victory. Los Angeles won in the 2018-19 Playoffs while Dallas won 44 to 21 in the regular season matchup.
The Cowboys (0-0) have plenty of talent on offense and could be ranked in the Top 5 once again. However, there are some concerns along the offensive line. Yet, the biggest issue I have with Dallas is with their secondary where they lost their best corner and don’t have a shutdown defender.
When comparing Dallas to Los Angeles (0-0), the concerns for the Cowboys are minor compared to the questions and criticisms pundits and fans have unleashed upon the Rams. From their new logo to losing many starters from last year, this team is giving off a rebuild vibe heading into the regular season.
The Cowboys opened as the favorite with a spread of 2.5 to 3 points depending on which NFL betting site you were looking at. Currently, most sports betting websites have Dallas listed as a 3 point favorite. The Over/Under opened at 50.5 points and has climbed up to an O/U of 52 total points.
Head to Head Betting Trends
Dallas is 6-4 SU in last 10 meetings.
Dallas is 6-4 ATS in last 10 matchups.
The O/U is 5-5 in last 10 games.
The Over is 3-0 in last three matchups.
The Over is 5-1 in last six games at LA
Dallas Cowboys Betting Trends
2-5 SU in last seven road games.
4-2 SU in last six games vs Rams.
17-9 SU in last 26 NFC games.
1-4 ATS in last 5 NFC games.
5-10 ATS in last 15 games where the line is +3 to -3.
The Over is 6-1 in last 7 NFC games.
The Over is 13-6 in last 19 overall games.
Los Angeles Rams Betting Trends
12-4 SU in last 16 home games.
8-1 SU in last nine September games.
13-6-1 ATS in last 20 games.
12-3-1 ATS in last 16 NFC games.
6-1 ATS in last seven home games.
The Over is 5-1 in last six NFC East games.
The Over is 4-2 in last six games.
Free Sunday Night Football Pick: Over 52 Points (-110)
Last year, the Dallas Cowboys averaged 27.1 ppg which was 6th best in the NFL, while the Rams were the 11th highest scoring team at 24.6 ppg. Combined, that’s a total of 51.7 ppg.
In their 2019 regular season matchup, Dallas won 44 to 21 and easily covered the Over. The Cowboys will have a more explosive offense this year, while the Rams’ defense could be worse.
The Rams offense should contribute to this total via their passing attack with Goff, Woods and Kupp. Additionally, I don’t see Dallas being great against the pass this year. At least, not until their young defensive backs mature some during the season.
In their 2019 Playoff game, the Rams won 30 to 22 at home. In fact, the last four games between these two teams have totaled 52 or more points.
I believe the Cowboys should win this game by more than a TD. However, I’m not confident in putting money on Dallas’ spread or outright victory due to their 2-5 road record last year. Furthermore, the Rams are 12-4 SU in their last 16 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games.
The bottom line is that we don’t know what we’re going to see from the Rams after all of their departures on both sides of the ball. I expect the offense to still have a strong passing attack, but I don’t see that defense slowing down Dallas.
I’m going with the Over 52 (-110) for this contest. I see Dallas scoring at-will and the Los Angeles Rams desperately trying to catch up including the ever helpful “garbage time” points.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a result similar to their game last year where Dallas won by 23 points as the teams combined to score 65 total points.
As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...
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