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Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams: Prediction, pick, odds, spread, line, complete game preview John Breech:
Date: Saturday, Jan. 13
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
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In the NFL playoffs, your next opponent often comes down to the luck of the draw and that’s exactly why the Los Angeles Rams will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.
This is a game that almost didn’t happen. If Bears kicker Cody Parkey had been able to knock through a 43-yard field goal against the Eagles on Sunday, then the Cowboys would be headed for New Orleans this weekend and the Bears would have been playing the Rams. Instead, Parkey’s kick was knocked off course by an Eagles player, sending the Bears out of the playoffs and the Cowboys to Los Angeles.
Somehow, the luck of the draw always seems to bring these two teams together in the postseason. This Saturday’s game will mark the ninth time in NFL history that the Rams and Cowboys have met in the playoffs, which is notable, because no two teams have met more.
Although they haven’t played each other in the playoffs since 1985, these two teams have more postseason meetings than more glamorous rivalries like 49ers-Giants and Cowboys-Packers, which have both happened seven times in NFL playoff history.
The all-time playoff series between these two teams is tied 4-4 and the team that breaks the tie on Saturday will be getting a nice prize: A trip to the NFC Championship game. If the Cowboys pull off the upset, they’ll be headed to their first NFC title game since January 1996. If the Rams can pick up their first playoff win under Sean McVay, they’ll be headed to the NFC Championship for the first time since, January 2002.Game information
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Cowboys: To get to their first NFC title game since 1995, the Cowboys are going to have to exorcise a few postseason demons this week. For one, the Cowboys have been one of the NFL’s worst road playoff teams over the past 25 years. Since 1993, the Cowboys have gone on the road seven different times for a playoff game and they’ve lost every single one of those games, a total that includes one loss under Jason Garrett. The Cowboys have also struggled in the divisional round of the playoffs. Since their last NFC title berth in 1995, the Cowboys have gone 0-5 in the divisional round. After 25 years of struggling, the Cowboys will be looking to change their luck this week.
Rams: One of the biggest storylines in this game for the Rams will be the health of Todd Gurley. After sitting out the final two games of the regular season due to a knee injury, Gurley is expected to be on the field against the Cowboys, but it’s not clear if he’ll be 100 percent. Although C.J. Anderson filled in admirably while Gurley was out, averaging 149.5 yards per game, those two performances came against the Cardinals and 49ers, two teams that aren’t nearly as good as the Cowboys when it comes to stopping the run. Not only did the Cowboys rank fifth in the NFL against the run in 2018, but they also completely shut down a Seahawks ground attack that finished the season as the league’s top rushing team. The Rams are likely going to need a big game from Gurley if they want to advance.