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Cowboys-Rams Betting Odds: Los Angeles a Touchdown Favorite in Saturday’s NFC Divisional Game

Jan 09, 2019 3:30 PM EST
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USA Today Sports. Pictured: Dak Prescott, Jared Goff

Betting Odds: Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams

  • Odds: Rams -7
  • Over/Under: 49.5
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 12
  • TV: FOX

>> All odds as of Wednesday afternoon. Download The Action Network App to get real-time odds and track your bets


The Los Angeles Rams have moved to 7-point favorites against the Dallas Cowboys after opening at -7.5. While the Cowboys are getting a majority of the spread bets (56%) as of Wednesday (see live data here), the Rams have brought in the majority of money wagered (54%).

If the Rams are able to beat the Cowboys, it would be their first playoff win as a franchise since the 2004 Wild Card Game against the Seahawks.

Action Network Projections: Cowboys-Rams

Sean Koerner, our Director of Predictive Analytics, made the following power ratings for this game in the immediate aftermath of Wild Card Weekend. For the most up-to-date projections, download The Action Network app.

  • Projected Spread: Rams -7.9
  • Projected Over/Under: 49

Betting Trends to Know

Forget the Super Bowl … is this finally the season the Rams return to the conference championship?

Since losing the Super Bowl to the Patriots on a game-winning field goal in 2001, the the Rams have lost twice in the Divisional Round and once in the Wild Card Round.

  • The Rams finished the regular season 7-8-1 (46.7%) against the spread. Since 2003, only two teams have played a playoff game off a bye week with a losing record ATS: The 2017 Steelers in the Divisional Round vs. Jaguars (lost, 45-42) and the 2003 Panthers in the Super Bowl against the Patriots (lost, 32-29).
  • Since the 1970 merger, the Cowboys have played 57 playoff games and have been shutout only once: By the Rams, who won 20-0, on Jan. 4, 1986 in the Divisional Round.
  • The Cowboys beat the Seahawks — a physical, run-heavy team — in the Wild Card Round. Now they face an offensive, pass-heavy, powerhouse. Under Jason Garrett, the Cowboys are 3-0 ATS in December or later when playing a team that’s averaging at least 30 points per game. In those three games, Dallas’ opponents averaged only 11 points per game.

How the Cowboys Reached the Divisional Round

The Cowboys survived a late scare from the Seahawks in the Wild Card Round with a 24-22 win, though failed to cover the 2.5-point spread (in brutal fashion).

Dallas has advanced to the Divisional Round for the sixth time since the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl win all the way back in 1995. In their previous five Divisional Round games, the Cowboys are 0-5 straight-up and 1-4 ATS, with their only cover coming by a half-point in Green Bay back in 2015.

How the Rams Reached the Divisional Round

The Rams finished the regular season 13-3 straight-up and 7-8-1 ATS, making them the least profitable team ATS among the four that received a first-round bye and the third-least profitable playoff team overall.

Fortunately for the Rams, they finished the regular season on a good note, winning and covering their final two games heading into the bye.

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