An easy Thursday night winner went our way in the Packers/Bears match-up, and now we will look to keep the momentum going into the Sunday slate of Week 4 NFL action. There are a bunch of close and interesting games on the docket, so settle into your couch, read these articles, and enjoy what promises to be a thrilling and hopefully profitable Sunday.
We’ll start off in the Lonestar state as the Los Angeles Rams travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. Dallas bounced back nicely last week on Monday Night Football, coming back to easily dispose of an overmatched Arizona Cardinals team. When the Cowboys are on, they remain a top group in the league. That said, the Rams too have a ton of weapons and are a team on the definite upswing. L.A. is fresh off a big Thursday night win in Week 3 against the 49ers, and have had additional time to prepare for Dallas and get acclimated to a slight time change.
It promises to be an exhilarating early slate of 1:00 Eastern time games for Week 4. Read on below for a game analysis, breakdown, and official betting prediction for the Rams and Cowboys as we look to continue our winning ways!
Rams vs. Cowboys Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Rams +6.5 (-105)
@ Dallas Cowboys -6.5 (-115)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Rams vs. Cowboys Pick:
Though the Cowboys enter this game on a high, there are still a ton of questions about the team – particularly within their blocking. They’ve lost key pieces to both injury and free agency, and though the past few seasons it may have been the top unit in the entire league, it’s clear it’s no longer as dominant. Against Denver and Arizona the past two weeks, the Cowboys’ O-Line showed a bunch of vulnerabilities, and against a hungry team that gets after opposing QB’s, like the Rams – expect trouble on Sunday afternoon for Dak Prescott.
Los Angeles has a vicious front seven on defense. Not only will they entirely bottle up Ezekiel Elliott, they’ll also be able to generate heavy pressure on Dak. Prescott does have the ability to escape and make the odd big play here and there, but with a healthy Rams’ stop unit awaiting him, the sophomore may be forced into more errors than usual.
It’s a bit of the opposite on the other side of the football for the L.A. Rams. Jared Goff has been receiving tremendous support and protection, and as a result is finally showing football fans his true talent. One of the big areas of strength for Dallas on Monday evening vs. Arizona was their defensive line. The Cards’ couldn’t protect Carson Palmer, but that won’t be an issue on Sunday. Right tackle Rob Havenstein is enjoying a dynamite start to 2017 and his O-Line will be able to nullify the pressure of Malek Collins and DeMarcus Lawrence.
If Dallas can’t get any pressure to Goff, it’s going to be a tough afternoon for the Cowboys’ secondary. This is likely one of the worst secondaries in the NFL right now, and after seeing what Carson Palmer did to them on Monday night with little time and space – Jared Goff should be able to better his totals. Expect Sammy Watkins to dominate much like Larry Fitzgerald did, and look for Cooper Kupp to find openings in the slot as well. In the ground game, look for Todd Gurley to just continue running the ball well. He has enjoyed running behind that offensive line, and should be able to move the chains with regularity on Sunday.
Dallas is overrated and the betting markets are still treating them like last season’s team. They aren’t and the Rams will show them why on Sunday afternoon. The number is just too high at the moment, and if it gets to a full touchdown, I’d hammer away at this. Expect Los Angeles to win all the key battles at the lines of scrimmage and Goff should be able to exploit Dallas’ key weaknesses. It’s a sneaky bad match-up for the Cowboys, and on short rest – things won’t be easy. While I can’t predict an outright victory for the Rams, this will be a very close affair throughout, and don’t be stunned if they pull it off.
PICK = Rams +6.5 (-105)