Dallas Cowboys vs. LA Rams Props Picks – NFL Week 1

Dallas Cowboys vs. LA Rams Props Picks – NFL Week 1

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Generally, you are only going to get a full menu during primetime and marquee games during the regular season. For our first look at props of the 2020 season, we’ll be in Los Angeles for the Dallas Cowboys and Rams at the brand new SoFi Stadium. The Rams laid an egg last season after getting to the Super Bowl the year before.

It was a big Super Bowl hangover for the Rams, and now they’re largely ignored on the national scene. The Cowboys sure are getting a lot of hype, though. Isn’t that the norm every season with this team? I’m not going to fall for it just yet. Head below for our free Dallas Cowboys vs. LA Rams prop picks for NFL Week 1.

LAR Total Touchdowns

Over 2.5
-149
Under 2.5
+106

The last time the Dallas Cowboys and LA Rams met, the Cowboys blasted the Rams for a 44-21 final in Arlington. Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott ran wild for a combined 248 yards and 3 touchdowns. Dak Prescott passed for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air.

That was a statement game for the Cowboys, though they weren’t able to turn it into much thereafter. For the Rams, it was just one example of how badly their season went. That said, I have faith in Sean McVay putting a better product on the field in 2020.

Jared Goff will be out for redemption after passing for 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions a season ago. That’s a drop from 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2018. His QBR went from a 101.1 to a 86.5 in one season.

As a result, offensive efficiency dropped considerably from 30.8 points per game to 24.6 points per game. The Rams lose Todd Gurley and replace him with a running back by committee system between Malcolm Brown, Cam Akers, and Darrell Henderson.

The receiving core remains strong with Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Josh Reynolds leading the way. Kupp recently signed a three-year extension with the Rams. They face a formidable opponent in Dallas.

The Cowboys allowed 20.1 points per game a season ago and will enjoy a sizable advantage in the trenches with Demarcus Lawrence and former Viking Everson Griffin. However, do we really think the Rams aren’t going to be motivated to come out with a big effort on opening night in their new stadium? While the Cowboys should stuff the run, the secondary can be exposed.

They have a golden opportunity right out of the gate to show that last year was a fluke. I think that’s going to be their biggest motivator on Sunday night. It’s going to be a close game, but Goff will likely get his. I’m anticipating a 27-24 or 24-21 final score, which would put the Rams OVER two touchdowns.

The Bet
OVER 2.5

Robert Woods Receptions

Over 5.5
-129
Under 5.5
+100

Robert Woods has developed into Jared Goff’s favorite target over the last two years. He and Cooper Kupp are a perfect pair in McVay’s offense. They complement one another nicely and get plenty of targets. Woods hauled in 86 passes for 1,219 yards in 2018, and then followed up for 90 receptions and 1,134 yards a season ago.

He might not score many touchdowns, but Woods is a reception machine in the Rams’ offense. Woods averaged 6 receptions in 15 games last year. He was Goff’s primary receiver towards the end of the regular season. Fantasy owners in PPR leagues were loving it, as Woods caught at least 6 receptions in five of his last six games.

Note that the Cowboys corners are banged up going into Sunday night. They recently signed Brandon Carr from the practice squad in what you can call a bit of a desperation move, and will be starting rookie Trevon Diggs in Week 1. Look for McVay to stay away from the ground, for the most part, and running into the strength of the Cowboys’ defense on the line.

Look for Goff to get the ball out quickly to Woods and Kupp. It’s their biggest advantage in this game and it should be successful against a suspect secondary. Woods should see plenty of opportunities to haul in more than 5 balls on Sunday night.

The Bet
OVER 5.5

Jared Goff Passing Yards

285.5 Yards
-113
285.5 Yards
-113

This bet ties into what I noted above regarding the Rams’ offense. If McVay goes into this game looking to establish the run against the Cowboys’ defensive line, then they’re not going to get very far. I think they’ll try early at least and get pushed back. The ball is going to be put into Goff’s hands in the pocket.

The Cowboys’ secondary was in better shape last season and Goff passed for 284 yards on 33 for 51 passing. The Rams had to pass a lot last season because they were down big in the first half. I don’t think the game gets out of reach like that on Sunday night. However, the game plan is likely going to be attacking rookie Trevon Diggs and over the hill Brandon Carr.

Carr can certainly still help out, but he’s well past his prime and depending on him to carry the load in the secondary tonight seems iffy. The Cowboys let Byron Jones walk in the offseason, further complicating things in the secondary in Dallas. Goff was inconsistent in 2019, but he should be able to navigate his way through the Cowboys at home in the season opener. I’m looking at him hitting around 300 yards in this game to put him OVER 285.5 yards.

The Bet
OVER 285.5
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of The Sports Geek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at The Sports Geek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, and the NHL. Prior to writing for The Sports Geek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily at The Sports Geek.