Cowboys vs. Rams: NFL Betting Preview – September 13, 2020

Posted By Staff on September 9, 2020
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The Dallas Cowboys (0-0) are three-point favorites Sunday, September 13, against the Los Angeles Rams (0-0). The point total is set at 52.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings Sportsbook as of September 8, 2020, 1:52 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings.

Cowboys vs. Rams odds

Total Facts

  • The over/under for this game is 52 points– 4.8 more than the average points total for Cowboys games a year ago.
  • The over/under is also 4.6 points higher than the average scoring total for Rams games last season (47.4).
  • Cowboys games went over 52 points on seven occasions last season (43.8% of matchups).
  • In five games last season (31.2%), the Rams combined with their opponents to go over 52 points.
  • Last year’s combined scoring average for these two teams (51.7 points per game) is 0.3 fewer than the total for this contest.
  • These teams allowed a combined 42.9 points per game a season ago, 9.1 fewer points than this contest’s over/under.

Cowboys Betting Insights

  • Ten of Dallas’ 16 games last year went over the point total.
  • Dallas had a 9-7 record against the spread (ATS) last year.
  • The Cowboys had a losing ATS record of 5-6 when playing as at least three-point favorites last season.

Rams Betting Insights

  • Los Angeles’ record ATS last season was 10-5-1.
  • The Rams record as at least a three-point underdog was 4-3-1 last season.
  • Los Angeles games went under the point total nine times in 16 games last year.

Cowboys vs Rams: Last Five Meetings

  • In the past five meetings, Dallas holds a 4-1 record against Los Angeles.
  • The Cowboys have covered once in those games.
  • Los Angeles has scored 72 fewer points than Dallas in their past five games.

When the Cowboys Have the Ball

  • The Cowboys scored an average of 27.1 points per game last season, 4.3 more than the Rams surrendered in each contest (22.8).
  • Dallas was 8-0 overall and 5-0 ATS when they scored at least 27.1 points last season.
  • Los Angeles was 7-2 overall and 6-2 ATS last season in games where they allowed fewer than 22.8 points.
  • The Cowboys gained 91.8 more yards per game than the Rams defense allowed last season (431.4 to 339.6).
  • When the Dallas offense reached their 2019 average in yardage, they were 6-2 overall and 3-2 ATS.
  • When Los Angeles allowed fewer total yards than their season average, they were 6-2 ATS and 6-3 overall last season.
  • The Rams allowed 113.1 rushing yards per game in 2019 compared to the 134.6 yards the Cowboys offense averaged on the ground.
  • When Dallas gained at least 134.6 rushing yards last season, they were 6-0 overall and 4-0 ATS.
  • When Los Angeles held opposing teams to 113.1 rushing yards or fewer last year, they were 6-3-1 ATS and 8-3 overall.
  • Last season, the Rams forced an average of 1.5 turnovers per game compared to the 1.1 times Cowboys committed a turnover.
  • Dallas was 7-5 overall and 5-4 ATS last season when they turned the football over 1.1 times or fewer.
  • When they forced more than 1.5 turnovers, Los Angeles was 2-2-1 ATS and 3-3 overall.

When the Rams Have the Ball

  • The Rams scored 24.6 points per game last year– 4.5 more than the Cowboys allowed per outing (20.1).
  • When Los Angeles put up at least 24.6 points, they had a record of 5-1-1 ATS and 6-3 overall.
  • In 2019, the Rams racked up 48.4 more yards per game (375.4), than the Cowboys allowed per matchup (327).
  • In games Dallas held its opponents to 327 or fewer yards last year, it recorded a 6-1 record ATS and a 7-2 record overall.
  • The Rams rushed for 93.7 yards per game last season, 9.8 fewer yards per game than the 103.5 the Cowboys allowed.
  • Last year, Los Angeles put together a 4-1-1 ATS record and a 7-1 overall record in games the team ran for at least 93.7 yards.
  • Dallas finished 4-1 ATS and 5-2 overall when holding opponents to 103.5 rushing yards or less last season.
  • The Rams turned the ball over 1.5 times per game last year, just 0.4 more turnovers per game than the 1.1 the Cowboys forced on average.
  • In 2019, Los Angeles went 4-1-1 ATS and 6-3 overall when it turned the ball over 1.5 times or less.
  • When it forced 1.1 or more turnovers last season, Dallas had a 3-1 record ATS and a 4-1 record overall.

Cowboys Players to Watch

  • Last year, Dak Prescott passed for 4,901 yards (306.3 yards per game), 30 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions while going 388-for-596 (65.1% completion percentage) in 16 games. He added 277 rushing yards on 52 carries with three touchdowns.
  • A season ago, Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 1,357 yards (84.8 yards per game) and scored 12 touchdowns in 16 games. He added 54 catches for 419 yards (26.2 receiving yards per game) with two receiving touchdowns.
  • Tony Pollard totaled 455 rushing yards on 86 carries (30.3 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground in 15 games in 2019.
  • Last season, Amari Cooper was targeted 119 times and notched 79 catches, 1,189 yards (74.3 ypg), and eight touchdowns in 16 games.
  • Michael Gallup added 1,107 yards on 66 catches with six touchdowns. He was targeted 112 times and averaged 79.1 receiving yards per game in 14 games last year.
  • Everson Griffen put together an impressive 8.0 sacks, 11.0 TFL, 40 tackles, and one interception over 15 games with the Vikings.
  • Jaylon Smith totaled 140 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks, and one interception in 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign.
  • Last season, Xavier Woods reeled in two interceptions and added 75 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and five passes defended in 15 games.

Rams Players to Watch

  • Jared Goff threw for 4,639 yards while completing 62.9% of his passes (394-of-626), with 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 16 games last year (289.9 yards per game).
  • Malcolm Brown took 69 carries for 255 rushing yards a season ago (18.2 yards per game) while scoring five touchdowns in 14 games.
  • In 2019, Darrell Henderson ran for 147 yards on 39 carries (11.3 ypg), with zero rushing touchdowns over the course of 13 games.
  • Cooper Kupp reeled in 94 passes for 1,162 yards last season with 10 touchdowns. He was targeted 134 times and averaged 72.6 yards per game over 16 outings.
  • Robert Woods also contributed with 1,134 yards on 90 catches with two touchdowns. He was targeted 140 times and put up 75.6 receiving yards per game in 15 matchups last year.
  • Aaron Donald showed out with 12.5 sacks, 20.0 TFL and 48 tackles over 16 games.
  • In 15 games, Taylor Rapp totaled 99 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and two interceptions.
  • Last season, Troy Hill grabbed two interceptions and added 41 tackles, 1.0 TFL, one sack, and defended eight passes in 14 games.
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