Los Angeles Rams vs Dallas Cowboys Picks, Odds, Week 15 Predictions 12/15/2019
Game: Los Angeles Rams vs Dallas Cowboys
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Location: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas -3.5
Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams go to AT&T Stadium on Sunday where they'll meet the Dallas Cowboys. The line on this game has Dallas as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 47. The Rams are 8-5-0 ATS and 4-9-0 when betting on the total. The Cowboys are 8-5-0 when wagering on the over/under and 6-7-0 against the spread.
In their last outing, the Los Angeles Rams played the Seattle Seahawks and ended up getting the victory by a score of 28-12. Leading the way at QB for the Rams was Jared Goff who went 22/31 with 293 yards passing and threw 2 TD's. He gave away 2 picks on the day. Todd Gurley II paced the team in rushing in the game. He had a long run of 23 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown for the game. He rushed for 79 yards on 23 carries which gave him an average of 3.4 yards per tote. Tyler Higbee was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 116 yards on 7 receptions. He averaged 16.6 yards per reception in the game. The Los Angeles Rams ran the football 35 times and racked up 162 yards earning them an average of 4.6 yards per attempt. Overall, the Rams earned a total of 26 first downs and they had a total of 3 penalties for 20 yards. On the day, they ran 67 plays for a total of 455 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Los Angeles allowed 22 completions on 36 throws for a total of 202 yards, and a completion percentage of 61.0%. On the ground, the Rams allowed 106 yards on 21 tries which is an average of 5.0 yards per run allowed. Overall, they allowed a total of 308 yards and forced 1 takeaway. Another matchup you may want to look into is the NFL pick from Guy Bruhn on the Falcons vs 49ers contest.
The Rams come into this matchup with a record of 8-5 for 2019. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league with an average of 24 points per contest, putting them 12th in the league. As a unit, they are averaging 99 rushing yards per game which is 12th in the NFC. For total yards, they sit in 6th in the conference and 8th in the league with 4,890 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Rams currently have a total of 15 passing TDs and 16 rushing touchdowns. They are a team that has the capability to score points among NFC West teams and I wouldn't expect it to change too much in this matchup.
The Rams have one of the best defenses in the league, allowing 20.2 points per game ranking them 4th in the conference. In discussing yards on the ground, Los Angeles is allowing 104.3 yards per contest ranking them 1st in the division and 12th in the NFL. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.8 yards per rush which has them at 4th among NFC teams and 6th in the league overall. Overall, they have conceded 1,292 rushing yards through 13 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Rams have allowed 2,876 yards. Teams are completing 61.8% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. They have conceded 18 passing TDs and 9 rushing touchdowns.
In their last game, the Dallas Cowboys faced the Chicago Bears and ended up taking the loss by a score of 31-24. Ezekiel Elliott paced the team in rushing for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 31 yards and he ran for 2 TD's for the contest. He racked up a total of 81 yards on 19 carries which meant he was running for 4.3 yards per carry. Michael Gallup led the team in receiving yardage by earning 109 yards on 6 receptions. He notched an average of 18.2 yards per reception for that contest. Leading the way at QB for the Cowboys was Dak Prescott who went 27/49 with 334 yards passing and threw 1 touchdown. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Dallas Cowboys ran the ball a total of 22 times and racked up 82 yards earning them an average of 3.7 yards per attempt. Overall, the Cowboys totaled 22 first downs and they had 6 penalties for 52 yards. On the day, they totaled 73 plays for 408 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Dallas conceded 23 catches on 31 tries totaling 231 yards, and a completion percentage of 74.0%. On the day, they allowed 382 yards and forced 2 turnovers. In the running game, the Cowboys conceded 151 yards on 34 runs which is an average of 4.4 yards per attempt allowed. Josh Schonwald has a pick for the game between the Vikings and Chargers.
The Cowboys come into this game with a record of 6-7. In discussing the offensive production, the Cowboys have an offense that could be called mediocre in the league. When talking about the points that are being put on the board, the Cowboys are ranked 1st among NFC East teams and 9th out of all the teams in the league averaging 25.7 points per game. Dallas needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 124 rushing yards per contest, putting them 10th in the NFL. As a team, they have a total of 1,613 yards rushing through 13 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Cowboys average 431 yards per contest overall putting them 1st in the league and 1st in the NFC.
The Cowboys are giving up 20.5 points per game ranking them 1st among NFC East teams and 12th among NFL teams. In discussing points allowed, they have given up 267 points in total. In discussing rushing yards, they are giving up 110 yards per contest ranking them 19th among NFL teams and 2nd among NFC East teams. This season, they have allowed a total of 1,428 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Their pass defense is one of the middle of the road units in the NFL. They are giving up 216 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Cowboys are ranked 2nd among NFC teams. They have allowed 17 passing TDs for 2019.
Who will win tonight's Rams/Cowboys NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rams +3.5
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