Two desperate teams collide in Dallas this week as the 8-5 Rams take on the 6-7, NFC East-leading Cowboys. Both teams need a win, and we’re giving you a shot to win yourself with our $500 Game of the Week contest. Free to play, six props. Read up on our analysis before making your picks and enjoy watching the Cowboys catastrophe along with the rest of America.
1. Spread — Rams -2.5
2. Over/Under — 48.5
3. Dak Prescott passing yards — O/U 266.5
4. Ezekiel Elliott rushing yards — O/U 85.5
5. Jared Goff passing yards — O/U 300.5
6. Total turnovers — O/U 2.5
Game of the Week Spread
Following a 41-7 Monday night thrashing at the hands of the Ravens a few weeks ago, the Rams have done a good job righting the ship. A 34-7 win over Arizona and an impressive victory over the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football has LA in the thick of the NFC Wild Card race. Sean McVay has been running the offense to perfection and Jared Goff has been the beneficiary, reigniting his season after a couple lackluster performances. The defense, led by Aaron Donald and new addition Jalen Ramsey, has rebounded nicely from that Monday night loss. Taking the Rams to cover in a must-win game is appealing.
The Cowboys are a dumpster fire. Last week, the defense made Mitch Trubisky look invincible in a loss to drop Dallas to 6-7 following four consecutive losses. The Cowboys are 0-6 this year against teams with a winning record. There is no consistent identity on offense and the defense is riddled with injuries at linebacker. Jason Garrett is nothing more than a sitting duck right now awaiting his inevitable fate at the end of the year. Somehow, the Cowboys are still tied for first place in the NFC East, so they still have something to play for. We don’t think that’ll be enough.
Action 247 Prediction: Rams -2.5
An over/under of 48.5 is very attainable. The Rams offense looks like the 2018 version of itself. The return of receivers Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods to the lineup has added a much-needed dimension. Todd Gurley has also quietly strung together a solid four-game stretch. And say what you want about Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense, but they know how to get their numbers. Whether it be in garbage time or not, this team doesn’t go down quietly.
Action 247 Prediction: Over 48.5
Dak Prescott Passing Yards O/U 266.5
Dak is leading the league in passing with 4,122 yards, coming out to an eye-popping 317 yards per game. It doesn’t always translate to wins, but Prescott can light up the stat sheet. He has thrown for over 300 yards in four of the Cowboys seven losses. With the season on the line, Dallas will have to rely on its franchise quarterback to make plays downfield.
Action 247 Prediction: Over 266.5
Ezekiel Elliott Rushing Yards O/U 85.5
Elliott has disappointed this year after becoming the highest-paid running back when he inked a six-year, $90 million contract this offseason. The numbers are there (1,071 rushing yards, 4.4 yards/attempt, 10 touchdowns) but the big play threat is not. Elliott had only one rush over 20 yards through the first nine weeks of the season after accounting for 30 20-yard rushes in the previous three years. With Aaron Donald and co. creating havoc up front, don’t expect Elliott to be able to get much going.
Action 247 Prediction: Under 85.5
Jared Goff Passing Yards O/U 300.5
Jared Goff’s stats Weeks 10-12: 209 yards/game, 0 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 61% completion
Jared Goff’s stats Weeks 13-14: 359 yards/game, 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 73% completion
It’s been quite the turnaround for Goff ever since his receiving corp became fully healthy. He’s showing signs of the quarterback he has the potential to be, but he’s been too inconsistent in 2019 to bank on a 300+ yard passing day.
Action 247 Prediction: Under 300.5
Total Turnovers O/U 2.5
The Cowboys and Rams both rank in the bottom half of the league in forcing turnovers. The Rams have been prone to giving away the football, tied for 6th in the league with 22 turnovers. Both offenses should make their mistakes, but 2.5 total turnovers is steep.
Action 247 Prediction: Under 2.5
With Leighton Vander Esch and Sean Lee unable to practice this week, The Cowboys are thin at the linebacker position. Vander Esch will miss a significant amount of time with a neck injury and Lee is nursing thigh and pectoral ailments.
Safety Jeff Heath and running back Tony Pollard return to the lineup for Dallas, and defensive tackle Antwaun Woods was back at practice following his arrest on marijuana charges last week.
The Rams have been dealing with injuries to tight end Gerald Everett, tackle Rob Havenstein, and punt returner Nsimba Webster. All three are considered day-to-day and their status for Sunday’s match-up is yet to be determined.
There it is. All you need to know before you get your picks in for the $500 Game of the Week contest. Good luck- you’ll need it.
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