Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Predictions

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Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Predictions

The first Sunday night game of the season is going to be a fun one as the Los Angeles Rams host the Dallas Cowboys in their brand new stadium. Both teams are looking to build upon disappointing 2019 seasons, but the Rams are just two seasons removed from an appearance in the Super Bowl. It will be the debut of Mike McCarthy as Dallas’ new coach, and that will be enough to push the Cowboys over the edge in this contest.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Odds

Los Angeles was disappointed with a 9-7 season coming off a Super Bowl appearance, but the Rams offense was dangerous in the air with Jared Goff connecting with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods for 1,000 yards each. The lack of a running game is a valid concern after the Rams let Todd Gurley walk in the offseason, but Cam Akers has some explosive capabilities to make himself a good lead running back in a committee approach.

McCarthy’s arrival should add a breath of fresh air to the Dallas offense, which was getting stagnant towards the end of Jason Garrett’s tenure. The Cowboys have all the weapons necessary to be a strong offense with Dak Prescott at the helm and Ezekial Elliott in the backfield. The lack of preseason games might mean the Cowboys won’t be as crisp or the playbook might be limited, but Dallas’ talent and chemistry can override that unfamiliarity with the playbook.

This game is difficult for the NFL betting predictions, but I do think there are a few interesting props out there. The first one is bumping up the total points wager at the New Jersey online sports betting sites to 57.5 points and taking the over with two explosive offenses on the field. Both defenses are still growing and although both units have dangerous pass rushers, the two quarterbacks will be the stars of the show with their aerial assault.

Adding onto that, I’m intrigued by the halftime-final double bet with the Rams winning the first half and the Cowboys winning the game at +700 odds. I expect Los Angeles to have a strong start in its home opener in a new stadium before Dallas’ running game takes its toll on the Rams and allows the Cowboys to open up the game in the second half. The odds on this wager  at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey makes it a low-stakes bet with a high payoff.

Dallas Cowboys to win

As much as I want to believe in the Rams having a bounce-back season, I really like the way the Cowboys have handled this offseason. A new coach is the perfect shakeup to re-energize this franchise, especially an offense that was inconsistent at times. I don’t completely trust in Prescott, but he’ll do enough with his weapons to make a big difference, so I’m betting on the Cowboys to win by at least 6.5 points at +160 odds.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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