Cowboys vs Rams

Cowboys vs. Rams: Updated Odds, Stat Predictions for 2019 NFC Divisional Game The Los Angeles Rams have produced one of the most attractive offenses in the NFL since head coach Sean McVay took over in 2017, but one of the things missing from their resume is a postseason win.

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On Saturday, the Rams face the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys in a divisional-round clash featuring two of the best running backs in the league.

In order to have a chance to advance to the NFC Championship Game, the Rams not only need Todd Gurley to perform well, but they must also get a good amount of production out of quarterback Jared Goff.

Dallas will once again rely on Ezekiel Elliott to set the tone on offense, but he needs to avoid running into Los Angeles’ impressive pair of defensive tackles to achieve success.

The Rams are a seven-point favorite, but there’s no guarantee of Los Angeles covering if Elliott keeps the Cowboys in the contest with another strong performance out of the backfield.

Updated Odds

Spread: Los Angeles -7

Over/Under: 49.5

Money Line: Los Angeles -330 (bet $330 to win $100); Dallas +260 (bet $100 to win $260)

Odds according to OddsShark.

Elliott will end the divisional round as one of the top-performing individuals of the NFL postseason.

After racking up 137 rushing yards against the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card Round, Elliott comes close to matching that total versus another NFC West opponent.

Saturday night’s performance will be an extension of Elliott’s strong road form, as three of his five best outputs of the regular season came on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.

Aiding Elliott’s success will be the 23rd-ranked Los Angeles rushing defense, which gives up 5.1 yards per carry.

The NFL’s leading rusher won’t move the ball five yards every time he receives a handoff from quarterback Dak Prescott, but he’ll have enough gains like that to extend drives at critical junctures of the contest.

Expect to see a heavy dose of Elliott once the Cowboys reach the red zone, as he scored six rushing touchdowns and caught two more within 20 yards of the goal line.

By achieving success on the ground for the second straight game, Elliott takes the pressure off Prescott and forces the Rams to stack the box and commit to stopping the run.

With Los Angeles committing numbers to stopping Elliott, it allows Prescott the opportunity to make a few big throws and put Dallas on top.

Goff will turn in the best performance of the two quarterbacks Saturday night.

With Dallas insisting on running the ball, Prescott won’t have the chance to throw on every drive like Goff will.

Although Gurley will be a focal point of the Rams’ offensive game plan, Goff’s ability to stretch the field with his speedy wide receivers will be key to keeping McVay’s team in front.

Goff’s yardage total will surge because he will attempt a few deep passes to Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods in order to stretch out the Dallas secondary.

At home during the regular season, Goff threw 23 touchdowns and three interceptions, and in five of those eight contests, he threw three or more touchdowns.

Goff won’t throw for a trio of scores because he will turn to Gurley to finish drives in the red zone, but when he does launch a touchdown pass, it will help shift the momentum in the Rams’ favor.

By producing a balanced offense, with Gurley attempting to match Elliott in rushing production, the Rams will put themselves in good position to win their first playoff game under McVay.

Even though the Rams are susceptible to giving up long gains on the ground, their defense is still capable of making a difference.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald will find a way to make an impact on the contest by surging into the backfield and halting Elliott’s progress or by sacking Prescott to force a long third-down situation.

In the last two games of the regular season, the Defensive Player of the Year favorite recorded seven quarterback hits, five tackles for loss and four sacks.

Donald won’t get that much pressure on Prescott on Saturday, but he will pop up in key situations with a sack that puts the Dallas offense under duress.

By recording a pair of sacks, Donald increases his total of multiple-sack games this season to eight while delivering a seventh game with two or more tackles for loss.

Colts vs Chiefs

NFL divisional round odds, line: Colts vs Chiefs picks, predictions by top-rated expert who’s 20-6 on Indianapolis games

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Saturday’s divisional round matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs pits a resilient veteran against an up-and-coming superstar. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished the regular season with 50 passing touchdowns as a first-year starter under Andy Reid, while the Colts’ Andrew Luckreturned from a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for the entire 2017 season to throw 39 touchdowns, second only to Mahomes. The Colts enter Saturday’s matchup brimming with confidence after winning 10 of their last 11 games. Meanwhile, the Chiefs secured the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but have lost two of their last three. Despite their recent skid, Kansas City is a five-point favorite, with the total at 57 in the latest Colts vs. Chiefs odds. Before you make any 2019 NFL Playoff predictions, check out the top Colts vs. Chiefs picks from SportsLine’s No. 1 NFL expert, R.J. White.

White is a perfect 5-0 in his past five against-the-spread picks for or against Kansas City and 20-6 in his past 26 involving the Colts, including calling Indy covering at Tennessee and Houston the past two weeks. Moreover, White went a perfect 4-0 against the spread on Wild Card Weekend, bringing his stunning NFL run to 55-31. Anyone following those picks is up over $2,000. This is the same expert who cashed big in two of the past four Las Vegas SuperContests.

Now, White has analyzed Chiefs vs. Colts (stream live on fuboTV) from every possible angle and locked in a strong point-spread pick. He’s sharing it over at SportsLine.

White knows the Chiefs have been a tough out at Arrowhead Stadium this season. In fact, Kansas City won seven of its eight home games and now faces a Colts team that was just .500 on the road.

The Chiefs are undeniably led by Mahomes, who joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a single season. Mahomes was second to Ben Roethlisberger in passing yards with 5,097, second to Ryan Fitzpatrick in yards per attempt at 8.79, and No. 2 to Drew Brees in QB rating at 113.8. He has a lethal arm and won’t hesitate to take shots downfield.

The entire offense shined throughout the 2018 regular season. Tyreek Hill was No. 4 in the NFL in receiving yardage at 1,479, and was also fourth in touchdown catches with a dozen. Travis Kelce was second to only the Eagles’ Zach Ertz in receptions among tight ends with 103 and found the end zone 10 times.

But just because Kansas City is an offensive juggernaut doesn’t mean it will cover the Colts vs. Chiefs spread.

Luck has thrown multiple touchdowns passes in 14 of 17 games and is a shoo-in for Comeback Player of the Year. His rebuilt offensive line has allowed a league-low 18 sacks while paving the way for running back Marlon Mack’s breakout. Mack has rushed for at least 119 yards in three of his past four games and just piled up 154 yards from scrimmage in the wild-card win at Houston.

The Colts have allowed 12.8 points per game over their past four contests. Indianapolis has covered seven straight against winning teams, not to mention five of its past six visits to Kansas City.

We can tell you White is leaning over, but his much stronger play is on the side. White cites a hidden stat most people don’t know about that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

Who wins Colts vs. Chiefs? And what hidden stat makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the white-hot expert who’s 20-6 on Colts picks and was undefeated on Wild Card Weekend.