Rams running back Todd Gurley told former Cowboys receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin “we’re gonna whoop up on your ‘Boys,” when the two teams meet for some NFL wagering action. The Rams will have an extra three days’ rest than the Cowboys; the former beat the Niners on Thursday while the latter did likewise with the Cards on Monday. We know Gurley’s tongue was firmly planted in his cheek, but still, could this be the dumbest thing he’s ever done?
- Date: Sunday, 1st October
- Time: 1:05 PM
- Venue: AT&T Stadium
- Sportsbook online NFL betting odds:
Rams +8 (-115) 46 (-110)
Cowboys -8 (-105) 46 (-110)
When the hurly Gurley’s done/When the battle’s lost and won
Gurley exploded against the 49ers, rushing for 113 yards and two TDs on 28 carries, plus a receiving touchdown. He, in addition to that, broke tackles and churned up yards to allow starting QB Jared Goff a little more time to throw later in the game. And speaking of Goff, he completed 22 of 28 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns (for a total so far of 817 yards and five touchdowns with one pick) in the 41-39 win, the second time in three games that the previously worst offense in the league broke the 40-point mark. The total has, accordingly, gone over in four of the Rams’ last five games. It will be, however, not so easy to pile up points in Dallas against the Cowboys defense. the NFL wagering total has gone under in 14 of the Rams’ last 19 road games, under in five of their last seven encounters with the Cowboys, and under in 80% of their last five trips to Dallas.
The once and future favorites
The Cowboys were eight-point favorites to beat the Rams even before Dallas beat Arizona, and nothing much has changed since Monday Night. Speaking of which, QB Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, one a bit more so than the other, turned up their performances a notch from their underwhelming showing against the Broncos. Prescott went 13 of 18 for 183 yards, including a 37-yard scoring pass to Brice Butler, and busted out the dreaded no-hands plancha over the Cards’ defense to score a TD of his own. Elliott, meanwhile, had 80 yards on 22 totes, and scored his team’s final touchdown. Regardless of whether Prescott has somewhat regressed from his rookie season, the fact remains that he can still play circles around the likes of Brian Hoyer and whoever is QB’ing the Colts, against whom the Rams have looked pretty good – but not so much against Kirk Cousins’s Redskins (whom Rams head coach Sean McVay helped develop), versus whom Goff’s lone interception of the season cost them the game. the Cowboys should thus be able to cover the NFL wagering spread, as they have done in four of their last five games playing the Rams, as well as four of the last six times hosting them.