NFL Betting Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Dallas Cowboys (0-0) are 3.0-point favorites heading into their matchup on Sunday, September 13, 2020 against the Los Angeles Rams (0-0). The point total is set at 50.0.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 13, 2020 Game Time: 8:20 PM TV Channel: NBC Location: Inglewood, CA Stadium: SoFi Stadium
Cowboys Players to WatchLast year, Dak Prescott collected 4,901 passing yards (306.3 yards per game) while going 388-for-596 (65.1% completion percentage) and throwing 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 16 games. He tacked on 277 rushing yards on 52 carries with three touchdowns, averaging 17.3 yards per game. Ezekiel Elliott took 301 carries for 1,357 rushing yards a season ago (84.8 yards per game) while scoring 12 touchdowns in 16 games. He also caught 54 passes for 419 yards (26.2 receiving yards per game) with two touchdowns through the air. Tony Pollard amassed 455 rushing yards on 86 carries (30.3 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground over the course of 15 games in 2019. Amari Cooper hauled in 79 passes for 1,189 yards last season and scored eight touchdowns. He was targeted 119 times and averaged 74.3 yards per game over 16 outings. Michael Gallup contributed with 1,107 yards on 66 catches with six touchdowns. He was targeted 112 times and averaged 79.1 receiving yards per game over the course of 14 matchups last year. Last season, Everson Griffen racked up 8.0 sacks, 11.0 TFL, 40 tackles, and one interception in 15 games. In 16 games over his 2019 campaign, Jaylon Smith collected 140 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks, and one interception. Last season, Jourdan Lewis grabbed two interceptions and added 48 tackles, 4.0 TFL, four sacks, and six passes defended in 16 games.
Rams Players to WatchJared Goff threw for 4,639 yards while completing 62.9% of his passes (394-of-626), with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 16 games last year (289.9 yards per game). Malcolm Brown rushed for 255 yards on 69 carries (18.2 yards per game) while scoring five touchdowns in 14 games a season ago. Darrell Henderson totaled 147 rushing yards on 39 carries (11.3 yards per game), with zero touchdowns on the ground over the course of 13 games in 2019. Cooper Kupp reeled in 94 passes for 1,162 yards last season and scored 10 touchdowns. He was targeted 134 times and averaged 72.6 yards per game over 16 outings. Robert Woods also chipped in with 1,134 yards on 90 catches with two touchdowns. He was targeted 140 times and averaged 75.6 receiving yards per game in 15 matchups last year. Aaron Donald had a solid body of work a year ago, collecting 12.5 sacks, 20.0 TFL and 48 tackles over 16 games. In 15 games over his 2019 campaign, Taylor Rapp racked up 99 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and two interceptions. Troy Hill intercepted two passes and tacked on 41 tackles, 1.0 TFL, one sack, and eight passes defended in 14 games last season.
Cowboys vs Rams: Last 5 MeetingsAgainst Los Angeles, Dallas has collected four wins over the past five contests. Los Angeles has scored 72 fewer points than Dallas in their past five contests.
Cowboys vs Rams: Last Five Meetings
Cowboys Team DataThe Cowboys averaged 4.3 more points last season (27.1) than the Rams allowed (22.8). When they met or outpaced their scoring average last season, Dallas was 8-0. When the Los Angeles defense allowed 22.8 points or fewer last year, the Rams pieced together a 7-2 record. The Rams defense allowed an average of 339.6 yards per game last season, 91.8 yards fewer than the 431.4-yard average from the Cowboys offense. When the Dallas offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 6-2 last season. When the Los Angeles defense allowed less than their season average for total yards last season they were 6-3. The Rams allowed opposing rushing attacks to average 113.1 yards per game in 2019 compared to the 134.6 yards the Cowboys offense averaged on the ground per contest. When Dallas rushers gained at least a combined 134.6 yards, they had a record of 6-0 last season. Last season, when the Los Angeles defense allowed opponents to pick up less than 113.1 yards on the ground, they were 8-3. Last season, the Rams forced an average of 1.5 turnovers per game compared to the 1.1 times Cowboys turned the football over in each contest. In games where they turned the football over 1.1 times or fewer, Dallas was 7-5 last season. Los Angeles was 3-3 last season when they forced at least 1.5 turnovers in a game.
Rams Team DataThe Rams put up 24.6 points per game last year, 4.5 more than the Cowboys gave up per contest (20.1). Los Angeles finished 6-3 overall a season ago when the team notched at least 24.6 points. When Dallas allowed opponents to score no more than 27.1 points last season, it compiled an 8-0 record. In 2019, the Rams averaged 48.4 more yards per game (375.4), than the Cowboys gave up per matchup (327). Dallas' record last season when they racked up at least their season average in total yards: 6-2. In games Dallas limited its opponents to 327 or fewer yards last year, it put together a 7-2 record. Last season, the Rams averaged 93.7 yards per game on the ground, just 9.8 fewer yards per game than the Cowboys allowed per contest (103.5). Los Angeles compiled a 7-1 record when the team ran for at least 93.7 yards last year. Last season, Dallas went 5-2 when holding opponents to no more than 103.5 yards on the ground. The Rams turned the ball over 1.5 times per game last year, just 0.4 more turnovers per game than the 1.1 the Cowboys forced on average. In games in 2019, Los Angeles finished with a 6-3 record when it turned the ball over 1.5 times or less. When it forced 1.1 or more turnovers last season, Dallas put together a 4-1 record.
Cowboys Fantasy LeadersPrescott was the No. 3 fantasy player overall and the No. 2 fantasy quarterback in 2019 with 337.7 points (averaging 21.1 per game). Elliott collected total 257.6 fantasy points last season (16.1 per game), which made him the 16th-ranked player overall and the fourth-ranked running back. Last year, Andy Dalton averaged 15.6 fantasy points per game on the way to 202.6 total fantasy points. That made him the 35th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 26th-ranked quarterback. Cooper put together the 50th-ranked fantasy season (seventh among wide receivers) in 2019 with 167.5 fantasy points, averaging 10.5 per game.
Rams Fantasy LeadersGoff's productive 2019 fantasy season earned him the No. 17 spot overall and the No. 13 spot among QBs. He totaled 247.6 fantasy points on the year (15.5 per game). Kupp put up 176.6 fantasy points (11.0 per game) last year to be the 45th-ranked player overall and the fourth-ranked wide receiver. Woods was the No. 22 wide receiver and the No. 76 fantasy player overall with 142.9 total points last season (9.5 per game). Tyler Higbee's 2019 fantasy rankings saw him finish as the No. 129 player overall and the No. 9 tight end after he put up 91.4 fantasy points (6.1 per game).
Cowboys vs Rams Betting Information
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Cowboys Betting InsightsLast year, Dallas compiled a 6-7 record against the spread. Last season, the Cowboys had an ATS record of 5-6 when favored by 3.0 points or more. In 2019, Dallas' games went over the point total in eight out of 14 opportunities.
Cowboys Road TrendsDallas hit the over in 50% of its away games last year (four of eight opportunities). The average total in Cowboys away games last season was 42.5 points, 7.5 fewer than this matchup's over/under (50.0). Dallas put together just a 3-4 record against the spread on the road last year, and went 3-5 overall in away games. The Cowboys had just a 2-3 ATS record when favored by at least 3.0 points in away games last season.
Rams Betting InsightsLos Angeles had an 8-4-1 record against the spread last year. The Rams went 4-3-1 ATS last season when playing as 3.0-point or more underdogs. Los Angeles' games went under 50.0 points in eight out of 14 opportunities last season (57.1%).
Rams Home TrendsLos Angeles' record against the spread in home games last year was an even 3-3-1, and its record at home overall was 5-3. The Rams finished 2-2-1 ATS at home last season when playing as at least a 3.0-point underdog. Los Angeles hit the over in just 37.5% of its home games last year (three of eight opportunities). Rams home games last season averaged 45.2 total points, 4.8 fewer than this matchup's over/under (50.0).
Additional InfoThe average point total in Cowboys contests last season was 47.2, 2.8 fewer points than this game's over/under. The average over/under for Rams matchups last year was 47.4, 2.6 fewer points than this game's total. Seven of Dallas' games went over 50.0 points last season (43.8% of matchups). Los Angeles' games went over 50.0 points six times last year (37.5% of matchups). The two teams combined to score 51.7 points per game last season, 1.7 more points than this matchup's total. These two teams allowed a combined 42.9 points per game last year, 7.1 fewer points than the total for this contest.
Jourdan Lewis: Out (Ankle)
Rams: No Injuries Listed