Sunday, Jan. 15, 4:40 p.m. (ET) FOX
Football Pointspread: Dallas -4.5
Total Line: 52
Green Bay will be bringing a ton of momentum into Big D this Sunday coming off a solid 38-13 victory over the New York Giants in the Wild Card Round as a five-point favorite at home. This extended the Packers’ current straight-up winning streak to seven games while going a profitable 6-1 against the spread. The total went OVER BetAnySports’ closing 46.5-point line in that game and it has now gone OVER in their last five games something to consider when making your football picks.
One of the main reasons for the Packers’ recent success has been the elevated play of veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He ended the regular season ranked fourth in the league in total passing yards (4,428) and his 40 touchdown throws were the most in the NFL. In Sunday’s win against New York, he threw for 362 yards and four scores. One injury of note is wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who is considered doubtful for Sunday with fractured ribs.
The Cowboys were the class of the NFC all season long at 13-3 SU and while they went a solid 10-5-1 ATS, there has to be some concern for bettors with a 1-4 record ATS over their last five games. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ 44-point line in a season-ending 27-13 loss to Philadelphia and it has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games. Dallas opens the playoffs at home where it went 5-2-1 ATS this season.
There is no doubt that the one-two punch of Dak Prescott throwing the ball and Ezekiel Elliott running it had a lot to do with the Cowboys’ turnaround this season from a 4-12 record in 2015, but both of these rookies will be under the gun on Sunday given the added pressure of this game. Dallas also got a strong effort on defense as the fifth-best unit in the league when it came to points allowed (19.1). More good news for the Cowboys in light of their recent bye week is that most of the players on their injury list have been upgraded to probable.