This week’s 1 p.m. slate of NFL Sunday games features an NFC showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams. Can LA get a bounce-back victory over Big D in Week 8 and salvage the season, or will the Cowboys be unbeatable coming off their bye?
The Rams fell to the Steelers 24-17 in a loss that might have turned out differently had place kicker Brett Maher not missed three field goals. Now LA goes into Week 8 with a 3-4 straight-up (SU) record and a new kicker after releasing Maher on Tuesday. Jerry’s ‘Boys, on the other hand, come into the matchup with a 4-2 SU record and on the heels of a thrilling win over the Chargers.
Check out our Rams vs. Cowboys odds, props, and predictions.
Rams vs Cowboys Spread, Moneyline, Total
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- Spread: Cowboys ; Rams
- Moneyline: Cowboys ; Rams
- Over/Under: points scored by both teams combined
Rams vs Cowboys Betting Trends
- Los Angeles is 3-4 SU and 4-2-1 against the spread (ATS) in the 2023 season.
- Dallas is 4-2 SU and 4-2 ATS.
- Rams’ games have hit the Over twice this season and have hit the Under five times.
- The Cowboys have hit the Over three times this season and have hit the Under three times.
- Los Angeles is 2-1 SU in its last three away games.
- Dallas is 2-2 in its last four home games.
- Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has passed for 1,333 yards and six touchdowns.
- Rams QB Matthew Stafford has passed for 1,908 yards and seven TDs.
1st Half (FanDuel)
- Cowboys -3.5 (-110); Moneyline, -205
- Rams +3.5 (-105); Moneyline, +166
Rams vs Cowboys Analysis and Prediction
Dallas at 4-2 looks like it’s on course for another playoff run. Los Angeles needs a Week 8 win to avoid falling to 3-5.
For just a moment, Los Angeles looked like it could be a Super Bowl contender again. The Rams’ first loss was to the 49ers by seven points, but in their defense, they caught the Niners when they were on a hot streak. Loss No. 2 for LA didn’t seem so bad at the time. It was only by three points and it was to a Cincinnati team that needed a get-right game after losing its first two of the season. But the past few weeks for the Rams have left much to be desired.
Their Super Bowl futures plummeted to +11000 after sitting at +8000 during the preseason. And the Rams have the personnel to be competitive. Fifth-round pick wide receiver Puka Nacua’s 58 receptions on the season are currently the best in the league, the offense racks up the sixth-most yards per game, and teammates Aaron Donald and Ernest Jones’ eight tackles for loss are tied for fifth overall.
Unlike their Week 8 opponent, the Cowboys’ Super Bowl futures are moving up the oddsboard. Before the season kicked off, America’s team had +1500 odds to win it all; those are now sitting at +1000. Dallas’ offense averages 25.7 points per game, which is good for fifth in the NFL. The Cowboys allow opponents 288.7 yards per matchup, which also ranks fifth in the league. And for all the criticism he gets, Dak Prescott’s 69.5% completion rate is tied for fourth with — wait for it — Patrick Mahomes.
Who gets the edge this weekend?
We’re going to lean Dallas in this spot. Yes, three of the Cowboys’ wins this season have been against teams that likely won’t even sniff the postseason, but it will be hard to topple Dak & Co. at home. In 2022, they went 8-1 SU at home, and so far this season, they’re undefeated on their own turf. They keep that streak going in Week 8.
- Dallas moneyline
- Rams +6.5
How to Watch Rams vs Cowboys
Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, TX