Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams : Four games are on the NFL Divisional schedule, starting in a raging snowstorm in Kansas City, where the Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts. The area is under a winter storm warning, but the Chiefs are still favored by five. And despite the weather, the Over-Under remains the highest of the week, and one of the largest
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NFL totals of the entire season, at 56.5. Saturday’s nightcap features the Los Angeles Rams laying a touchdown to the visiting Dallas Cowboys. On Sunday, the New England Patriots (-4) welcome the Los Angeles Chargers to frigid Foxborough. Then, the Divisional Round schedule’s lone indoor game features the New Orleans Saints hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles as eight-point favorites.
If you’re looking for a huge payout during the NFL Divisional schedule, there’s nobody better to listen to than Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg. Hammer enjoyed a 17-year ESPN run in which he had only two losing seasons. Last year, he competed against 10 top handicappers in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s NFL Challenge and beat them all, finishing 50-29-6 against the spread. Now he’s sharing his strongest NFL picks at SportsLine — and it shows.
Over the past three weeks, Goldberg has been scorching hot. He has nailed 86 percent of his best bets in that span, including last week when he recommended the Colts (+1) at Houston. The result: Indy raced to a 21-0 lead and was never threatened in a sweat-free Wild Card cash. Anyone who has followed his lead is way up.
For the Divisional Round of the 2019 NFL Playoffs, Hammer is getting down hard on three picks. If you parlay them, you’d be looking at a strong 6-1 payout, just like Hammer delivered in Week 17. This week, we can tell you Hammer is riding the Rams (-7) as they host the Cowboys on Saturday night.
Goldberg knows the Rams boast one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. L.A. finished the regular season averaging over 32 points per game, which ranked second in the league. Los Angeles had the No. 2-ranked total offense and scoring offense because it finished in the top five in passing and rushing this season. Rams head coach Sean McVay has a number of weapons at his disposal and uses that offensive versatility to catch opposing defenses off-guard.
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Rams quarterback Jared Goff has also been lighting up the scoreboard at home this season. In fact, Goff is completing over 68 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions in games at L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
On defense, the Rams seem to have found their footing in recent weeks. L.A. has held its opponents to 16 points or fewer in three of the last five games and has been a serious problem for opposing teams all season, ranking third in the NFL with 30 total takeaways. L.A.’s defense is led by Aaron Donald, who finished the regular season with a league-leading 20.5 sacks.
Hammer also has identified an underdog in prime position to spring a playoff upset. The line on that game is way off, Goldberg says, so it’s a must-play for any NFL parlay. You need to see it before locking in any NFL picks this week. Fowler explains the difference between the regular season and the playoffs, the value of the bye weeks rest, watching the Wild Card round, and initial thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys
Michael Brockers locker room interview | The Rams’ official site
Brock talks about his first ever postseason bye week, getting back to fundamentals during the bye week, and the possibility of playing the Cowboys or Bears
Marcus Peters one-on-one | The Rams’ official site
Marcus Peters talks about the defensive improvement, his relationship with CB Aqib Talib, his thought process on the fans, and whats the secret of going to the playoffs every year
All in episode 5: Cory Littleton | The Rams’ official siteThe Cowboys are commanding 57% of the spread bets, but the sharper money appears to be on the Rams, if the juice is any indication.
LA -7 is juiced up to -119 at the time of writing, meaning a move to -7.5 could be in store (check live betting data here).
This over/under is definitely the least interesting of the week. Both bets and dollars are within a couple percentage points of 50/50 and the total has only ticked up a half-point from the opener of 49.5. — Mark Gallant
Trends to know
Since the Cowboys’ last Super Bowl win in 1995-96, they are 4-9 straight up and 3-9-1 against the spread in the playoffs. — John Ewing
Underdogs in the Divisional Round have gone 37-21-1 ATS and dogs of seven or more points are 19-11-1 ATS since 2003 according to our Bet Labs data. — Ewing
The Rams earned a first round bye. Under Sean McVay, they are 5-1-1 ATS when they have eight or more days between games (including the first game of the season).