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Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys - 1/12/19 NFL - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 8:15 PM (EST)
LA Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, California
The Line
Los Angeles Rams -7
TV Channel
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The Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams will meet up in NFL Divisional Round playoff action on Saturday.

Dallas enters this game following a 10-6 campaign in the regular season, an NFC East Division championship and a Wild Card Round playoff victory (finally) over the Seahawks 24-22.

In the win over Seattle on Sunday, Dallas QB Dak Prescott put up 226 yards through the air with one TD and one INT, with another 29 yards and a key score on the ground. Ezekiel Elliott had a great game with 137 rush yards and one TD, and Amari Cooper was the lead Cowboys receiver on 106 yards from seven catches.

Over on the Rams side, they finished 13-3 this year. LA went 5-2 to finish off the regular season, falling to the Bears and Eagles while taking out the Seahawks, Chiefs, Lions, Cardinals and 49ers in that span.

In the 48-32 win over the 49ers in Week 17, Rams QB Jared Goff tossed for 199 yards and four touchdowns, and CJ Anderson led the rush with 132 yards and one TD. Brandin Cooks was the top receiver for LA with 62 yards and two TDs off five catches.

Dallas is 6-2 ATS in their last eight versus the NFC and 6-13 ATS versus a team with a winning record. The Cowboys are 2-5 ATS in their last seven playoff road games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games in January.

Meanwhile, the Rams are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six home games and 1-4 ATS in the last five playoff home games. LA is 1-5 ATS in their last six games in January and 0-5 ATS in their last five Saturday games.

The Cowboys’ playoff victory on Sunday was relatively quiet until the fourth quarter, when Dallas stormed back from a 14-10 deficit, and the three big names on the offense came through.

Speaking of offense, the Rams do have a tendency to cough up points to decent offenses: 30 to the Eagles; 31 to the Seahawks; 45 to the Saints; 51 to the Chiefs, etc.

I do think the Cowboys can keep pace here, at least for a while, but LA should be able to pull away in the end. The fact Los Angeles is ice cold against the spread in a lot of facets is troubling, but I’m going to stick with the Rams. It might be best to see if you can find a line at less than a touchdown, however; anything much beyond that seems pretty dicey. 

Los Angeles Rams -7

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