NFL Week 8 Clash: Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys Preview

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The Los Angeles Rams (3-4) head to Arlington, Texas, to face the Dallas Cowboys (4-2) in an NFC showdown that could have playoff implications way down the road. The Rams lost at home as a 3.5-point favorite to the Pittsburgh Steelers, while the Cowboys got an impressive win on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers as a 1.5-point favorite two weeks ago, 20-17. Current NFL odds show Dallas as a 6.5-point home favorite with a total of 45.5. LA is 3-4 ATS in 2023, the Cowboys are 4–2. Let’s begin our Rams vs Cowboys betting odds, starting with Los Angeles.

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(3-4) | (4-2)
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Day/Time: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 p.m. PT
Television: Fox

Bettors Have Rams Nailed…Sometimes.

Over the last two NFL seasons, it seems the public has the Los Angeles Rams figured out. When over 50% of the wagers are on Los Angeles, bettors are 5-3 ATS. Not a terrific mark, but good enough to make a profit, which didn’t happen in 2020 and 2021 when the books were 9-7 against the public when the money flowed in on the Rams.

The same can’t be said when the ‘Joe’s” are against the Rams, losing seven of 12 decisions and 11 of their last 20. If numbers mean anything, 73% of the public is on the Cowboys which could spell trouble for the Rams, even though we know most numbers only represent where you’ve been and not where a team or trend is going.

Last week, the Rams appeared to be on their way to covering the 3.5-point spread after leading 17-10 with over 14 minutes left in the game against Pittsburgh, but the Steelers scored 14 unanswered in the fourth to steal a 24-17 win. The total of 43 fell just short. We continue our Rams vs Cowboys betting odds preview by putting the spotlight on Big D.

Cowboys Headed Into A Tricky Spot

We are two weeks away from the first of two showdowns with the Philadelphia Eagles, which makes this weekend’s game against the Rams a potential look-ahead spot. Bettors think that way, too, with 97% of the early moneyline money on Los Angeles (+235). Bettors are waiting for the Cowboys to show consistency after rotating covers over the last four NFL games.

Over their last 10 games, the five-time Super Bowl champions, have covered five times with a push. A small nugget to consider is that this week, owner Jerry Jones stated that Dallas would be aggressive at the trade deadline next week. To a handicapper, that means that depth guys should step up their play to remain in Dallas.

We are so focused on what happens on the field, but comments like this have a psychological impact that must be considered. We continue our Rams vs Cowboys betting odds with a few betting notes.

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Injuries and Numbers To Take Into Account

A quick injury report before we get to our official selection. DT Larrell Murchinson is questionable for Sunday’s game with a knee injury that has kept him out of the Rams’ last two football games. LB Leighton Vander Esch is out indefinitely with a neck injury, there is no timetable for his return.

This has been a decent spot for Los Angeles through the years, with a 15-10-2 AS record as an underdog since 2019 with a consistent split between road and home, winning 10 of their last 17 decisions as a road dog. The Cowboys have been a friend to bettors as a favorite with a 22-10 ATS mark, including 12-6 ATS at home.

We conclude our Rams vs Cowboys betting odds with our official selection.

Los Angeles Rams / Dallas Cowboys Pick: Under 45.5

We see 86% of the early money coming in on the over, which means get to this wager as quickly as possible to avoid a bad number. We don’t make predictions to win by a few points, so even if it does move, don’t panic. Five of the Rams’ seven games have cashed under tickets, and seven of 10 dating back to last season.

The Cowboys are in an offensive funk, scoring just 27 points in their last two games. Dallas is among the NFL leaders in passing yards allowed (3rd), total completions allowed per game (2nd), and completion percentage against (5th). They’ll be matched against a Rams secondary, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 58.1 %. Expect this to be a game won on the ground. Bet the under 45.5.

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