Los Angeles Rams vs Dallas Cowboys: Predictions and Odds (NFL Week 15)
The Green Men of WSN’s Picks and Best Bets Podcast predict it to be a tight game but the Cowboys will win.My prediction for the final score is Rams 27, Cowboys 24
How to Watch: Rams vs Cowboys
What: Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys
When: Sunday, December 15 at 4:25 pm ET
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
How (TV): NFLN
Rams vs Cowboys – Point Spread
Rams -1, Cowboys +1
Los Angeles vs Dallas – Game Preview
This Week 15 game could truly crush one of these two teams’ playoff hopes and dreams, with Jared Goff and his 8-5 Los Angeles Rams traveling to Texas to take on Dak Prescott’s 6-7 Dallas Cowboys, with both teams barely hanging on to the possibility of a postseason.
The Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14 and are feeling as confident as last year’s NFC Champs probably should, whereas the Cowboys have lost four of their last five games, including to the Bears at Soldier Field last week, so they are beginning to feel desperate for a win.
Los Angeles and Dallas match up well on both sides of the ball, but one of these teams is a lot weaker against the run, so let’s make a quick, side-by-side comparison between these two NFC teams desperate to get to the postseason.
For more on Week 15 check out our latest video on NFL Week 15 Picks and Best Bets where we break down each game this week.
The 8-5-0 Los Angeles Rams
All of a sudden, the Los Angeles Rams are starting to look like the defending NFC Champions that they were at the end of last season, with a killer rushing attack offset by multiple deep threat receivers and a talented slot man and soft-handed tight end that quarterback Jared Goff can dump the ball off to.
Much of the Rams’ success depends on whether Goff is playing well – and the fourth-ranked quarterback is doing just fine this season – but most of Los Angeles’ game plan revolves around dual-threat running back Todd Gurley, who is finally getting touches and being productive after a slow start to the year.
It’s also the defense of the Rams that has been making a huge difference lately – they’re keeping opponents to about 325 yards and 20 points per game, both of those totals easily beatable by the high-producing offense that Los Angeles currently fields.
The 6-7-0 Dallas Cowboys
Something is definitely not right with the Dallas Cowboys these days – how else can you explain a team that has the best overall offense and a top-10 defense and yet posts a 6-7 record while looking kinda lucky to even have done that.
If you’re looking for hot seats, check out the one under head coach Jason Garrett’s rear, because a seat couldn’t get any hotter than his is right now with the Cowboys’ infamous owner and general / micro-manager Jerry Jones dropping hints to the media about Garrett’s doomed future while constantly breathing down his neck.
It comes down to getting the job done in the fourth quarter (five of Dallas’ losses are by a score or less) and that’s up the Cowboys’ young offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore, to figure out, and up to Dak Prescott and company to execute.
Rams vs Cowboys – History
These two rivals have met 34 total times (including 9 postseason games), with Los Angeles winning 17 of those times and Dallas winning the other 17 games.
The last time these two teams played was in the Divisional Round of the playoffs last season, when the Rams beat the Cowboys by a score of 30-22 to move on to the NFC Championship game and then to the Super Bowl, which they eventually lost to the New England Patriots, 3-13.
If the Rams win this matchup, they’ll move to 9-6-0 and though they will still be in third place in the NFC West behind the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, they will be a win closer to challenging the Minnesota Vikings for the other NFC Wild Card playoff spot.
But if the Cowboys come out winners in this one, they’ll be 7-7-0 and continue to stay a hair ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, which would be the Cowboys’ only path to the postseason at this point.
Questions to Answer
Who’s favored to win this Week 15 Rams-Cowboys matchup?
Which team has a better offense? Defense? Special teams?
Which team’s quarterback is more likely to lead his team to victory?
We’re going to briefly compare the Rams and the Cowboys next and attempt to answer those questions and more.
Offensive Stats Comparison
Los Angeles Rams Overall Offense
- Ranked 8th overall in 2019
- Passing attack currently ranked 6th
- Rushing attack currently ranked 21st
Head coach Sean McVay loves to use his team’s passing attack to keep opponents off guard, and Jared Goff has been somewhat terrific at executing his game plan, although this season Goff has had a tendency to throw the ball to the other team, right now with 14 interceptions to his 15 touchdown passes.
After a relatively slow start to his season, running back Todd Gurley is beginning to heat up (and chances are that may have been the plan all along), and at this point in the season, the offense is averaging almost 24 points on the board per game.
The Rams’ offense could take a hit on Sunday from the injury bug, with tight end Gerald Everett (knee) and offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (knee – Meniscus) both currently listed as questionable for this one.
Dallas Cowboys Overall Offense
- Ranked 1st overall in 2019
- Passing attack currently ranked 1st
- Rushing attack currently ranked 10th
Not a whole lot you can say about the number one overall offense in the league, including the best passing attack and the tenth-ranked run game – except why hasn’t that fact translated into more wins this season?
Despite being the ninth highest-scoring team per game, the Cowboys are having trouble scoring in the fourth quarter and closing the deal, and that’s about to get Dallas’ head coach Jason Garrett and his minions fired and a roster completely revamped in the offseason unless some postseason miracles happen to occur.
What makes it all the more difficult to snag a win over the Rams on Sunday are the injuries that may limit the Cowboys – with punter Chris Jones (abdomen), running back Tony Pollard (ankle) and quarterback Dak Prescott (hand) all currently listed as questionable for Week 15.
The Dallas Cowboys have the offensive advantage here, at least statistically, but given how flaky they have been lately and how strong the Los Angeles Rams have been playing their last few games, expect things to shift Jared Goff’s and Todd Gurley’s way eventually.
Defensive Stats Comparison
Los Angeles Rams Overall Defense
- Ranked 8th overall in 2019
- Passing defense currently ranked 10th
- Rushing defense currently ranked 12th
The Los Angeles Rams’ defense is coordinated by Wade Phillips, who definitely knows what he’s doing, his squad currently ranked 8th overall in the league after allowing opponents to move the ball about 325 yards and score 20 points per game.
Watch for defensive tackle Aaron Donald – he’s heating up and one of those guys offensive coordinators have to game plan around – right now the man has 11.0 sacks, 22 quarterback hits, 2 forced fumbles, a safety and 40 total tackles (18 of them for a loss).
Plenty of Rams’ defensive players are currently on the injured reserve list, especially the linebackers, including Josh Carraway (Achilles), Bryce Hager (shoulder), Micah Kiser (pectoral) and Justin Lawler (foot).
Dallas Cowboys Overall Defense
- Ranked 9th overall in 2019
- Passing defense currently ranked 7th
- Rushing defense currently ranked 19th
The Dallas Cowboys keep their opponents to about 20 points per game, so it’s a big question as to how their number one ranked offense hasn’t been able to outscore that total more often this season.
The Cowboys have some big playmakers on their defense right now – watch for defensive end Robert Quinn, who has 9.5 sacks, and middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, who is currently tied for the third-most tackles in the league with 120 of them, plus he has 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
Injuries could limit the Cowboys on defense this Sunday, with safety Jeff Heath (shoulder), linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (knee – MCL) all listed as questionable for this one.
The Los Angeles Rams will have a defensive advantage over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15 because, though both teams can stop the pass about equally, the Cowboys are a whole lot weaker against the run than the Rams are.
Rams vs Cowboys – Final Game Analysis
Why Will the Rams Win this Game?
If the Los Angeles Rams expect to snag a Wild Card slot in the playoffs, then this becomes a must-win for them since the competition for qualifying postseason seeds is extremely high in the NFC at this point in the season.
The Rams need to shut down, or at the very least slow up, Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott, and luckily Los Angeles has the run defense to do it, but Zeke is at home and fighting for his team’s playoff life, so expect his resistance (and stiff arms) to be strong.
Jared Goff just has to have one of his typically effective games while Todd Gurley continues to regain his league dominance, and then a win will occur for this team that’s taking advantage of their late-season surge.
Why Will the Cowboys Win this Game?
The Dallas Cowboys will win this one because if they don’t, they stand a chance of losing the NFC East to the Philadelphia Eagles and missing the postseason entirely, which seems insane given how extremely talented this team is.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott need to show up and do their things – they have a solid front line to keep Dak safe and create holes for Zeke and plenty of playmakers who can catch the ball and then run with it when needed (including Hall-of-Fame bound tight end, Jason Whitten).
The Cowboys will win this one because they are at home and their hometown crowd recognizes that their team could use some extra help if they expect to play football in January, so the amount of stadium noise that happens when the Ram’s offense steps on the field should be incredible and game-deciding.
Rams vs Cowboys – Who Will Win?
The Los Angeles Rams will win this one by a field goal because the Dallas Cowboys do not have what it takes to stop the Rams’ current momentum, and sadly this loss will signify the official end of Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett.
My prediction for the final score is Rams 27, Cowboys 24.
Los Angeles Rams vs Dallas Cowboys Odds