Sunday Night Football is opening with a marquee NFC matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams. It feels like this is the 1,000th time the Cowboys are opening the season on Sunday Night Football, but at least they’re not playing the Giants in Week 1 again, right?
Here’s your Action Rush Sunday Night Football betting preview with everything you need to know about Cowboys vs. Rams. Check here each week for the best odds, prices, and analysis on SNF matchups all through the season.
Cowboys – Rams Week 1 Odds SNF
While the Thursday Night Football game features a lopsided matchup, Sunday Night Football should give us a much closer contest. The Cowboys are slight favorites over the Rams after both teams had disappointing 2019 seasons. The Cowboys finished 8-8 while the Rams went 9-7 and both teams missed the playoffs.
It’s easy to forget that both teams won their divisions in 2018. The Rams ended up beating the Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round en route to the Super Bowl. That feels like an awfully long time ago.
However, both teams are coming into 2020 with something to prove. Sean McVay and the Rams are out to show that 2018 was no fluke. The Cowboys, on the other hand, are hoping that Mike McCarthy can come in and help end their Super Bowl drought.
SNF Preview & Betting Angles
This is the kind of game that NFL bettors love — one-score spread with some potential for value on the moneyline. With that said, uncertainty is going to be an early theme for the 2020 NFL season. Which teams are going to come out crisp and firing on all cylinders? Will either the Rams or Cowboys have some rust in their first real-game action of the year? Remember, no preseason means we have no idea what these offenses will look like.
Both the Rams and Cowboys can score in bunches so there is the potential for a shootout. Dak Prescott can sling it and Jared Goff is capable of airing it out as well. Although the Cowboys axed Jason Garrett for McCarthy in the offseason, Kellen Moore stayed on as offensive coordinator. There won’t be as big of a change for Prescott and the offense as some would expect.
Goff is entering his fourth year in McVay’s system so he shouldn’t have any problem with the playbook. His issues are more about staying consistent and avoiding turnovers. When he does that, the Rams usually put up points.
While it’s a safe bet to expect many NFL teams to come out rusty in Week 1, these are two teams who should be well-suited to this year’s altered schedule. If last year’s meeting between these two teams is any indication, this will be a high-scoring affair. The Cowboys beat down the Rams by a score of 44-21.
In that game, the Rams had no answer for the Dallas rushing attack. Ezekiel Elliot went for 117 yards and two scores on the ground, but it was actually his backup, Tony Pollard, who shined brightest. He racked up 131 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 12 touches. With that said, it’s unwise to expect that same type of production from Pollard in this game. Regardless, Dallas has a fearsome rushing attack that can put points on the board.
Cowboys vs. Rams Historical Matchup
The Cowboys hold a slight advantage over the Rams in the historical matchup. Dallas is 18-17 in the series. With that said, since 2017, when McVay took over as Rams head coach, Los Angeles is 2-1 against Dallas.
The teams have combined for 52 points or more in all three of those meetings, which is another indication that this game could be high-scoring. The Cowboys and the Rams combined for 65 points in both of their regular-season games since 2017. That’s another tell that the over, which is as low as 51.5 at some sportsbooks, might be the play.
Where To Watch Cowboys vs. Rams Week 1
NBC is the home of Sunday Night Football again this year. Games always start at 8:20 p.m. ET and Cowboys-Rams will kick off the Sunday Night Football schedule on Sept. 10.
Coverage for all games starts at 7 p.m. so you can go right from watching the 4 o’clock games to prepping for Sunday Night Football. In addition to watching the game on television, all Sunday Night Football games are also available on the NBC Sports app.
Betting Picks & Score Prediction
This is another game where I like the over, but if we’re all being honest, I’m a little hesitant to hammer the over on the points without any preseason to base that decision off of. Of course, these teams always put up points and there’s a good chance that trend continues on Sunday, but I don’t love it.
On the other hand, I love the Cowboys in this one. Dak Prescott is still looking for a contract and he should come into this year with a massive chip on his shoulder. Take the Cowboys spread, which is -2 at some books right now.
Final Score prediction: Cowboys win 31-23.
Small’s 2020 NFL record: 1-0
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