Game Preview - Rams underdogs vs Cowboys at Dallas
|St. Louis Rams||Dallas Cowboys|
|1-1||September 22, 2013, 01:00 | AT&T Stadium||1-1|
The 1-1 Dallas Cowboys, following a one-point loss (but a cover) at Kansas City, get a chance to move back above .500 when they host the 1-1 St. Louis Rams Sunday at Cowboys Stadium (1 pm ET, Fox).
As of early this week Dallas was favored by 4.5 points over the Rams, losers at Atlanta last time out.
Trends bettors see an intriguing one here in this matchup. The Cowboys are a dreadful 4-14 ATS in their past 18 home games, while the Rams are 6-1 ATS in their past 7 road games.
Cowboys vs Rams Betting Line: Dallas opened as -3.5-point Favorite at shops such as 5Dimes, while the NFL total was set at 47 for over under betting.
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 12-rated Cowboys and the No. 14-rated Rams in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 26-22 win for the Cowboys on Sunday.
The Rams were a 31-24 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Falcons. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (55) made winners of OVER bettors. In their last game, the Rams got 3 passing scores out of Sam Bradford, but lost 31-24 to the Falcons on Sunday at Georgia Dome. Dez Bryant hauled in 9 passes for 141 yards against the Kansas City defense in the team's last game, but the result was a 17-16 loss against the Chiefs on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 10-ranked offense (26 PPG) against a Rams defense that ranks No. 25 at 27.5 PPG. The Cowboys passing attack has averaged 262.5 yards per game, less than the Rams give up through the air (330.5 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Rams feature the league's No. 19-rated road run defense, allowing 114 yards per game. Dallas, meanwhile, ranks No. 18 in rushing offense at home.
A few Rams at Cowboys trends to consider:
St. Louis is 8-16-1 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis's last 12 games
St. Louis is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
St. Louis is 4-14-1 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Dallas is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games at home
Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 5 games at home
St. Louis at San Francisco, Thursday, September 26th
Dallas at San Diego, Sunday, September 29th