Cowboys, Colts underdogs on NFL playoff betting odds

Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott, left, and Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff. (Ron Jenkins/AP)

The Dallas Cowboys will be looking to punch their ticket to the NFC Championship game for the first time since 1996 when they travel to Los Angeles to battle the Rams in a playoff clash as 7-point underdogs on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Dallas advanced to the second round of the NFL playoffs with a 24-22 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Wild Card Weekend, leaving the team poised to post consecutive wins for the first time in 13 playoff contests in Saturday night’s Cowboys vs. Rams betting matchup at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Cowboys have emerged as a defensive force during an 8-1 straight-up run. Dallas has limited opponents to 20 or fewer points on five occasions during that run, and in five of eight road dates this season. However, those numbers have failed to buoy the team’s position on the NFL futures, with the Cowboys entering the weekend as a +1800 longshot on the Super Bowl odds.

While a stingy defence has contributed to the Cowboys’ return to playoff contention, the Rams have built this season’s success on a second-ranked offence that has averaged 32.9 points per game. Los Angeles has been particularly dominant at home while marching to the top of the NFC West standings and claiming the No. 2 seed in the conference.

The Rams have averaged 37.1 points per game while compiling a 7-1 SU home record, and have topped the Cowboys in four of five home meetings since December 1986.

Earlier on Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts will look to continue their unlikely run towards an AFC Championship game berth as they visit the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs as 5.5-point underdogs on the NFL betting lines.

Winners in just five of their previous 17 contests, the Colts have looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders during a 10-1 SU run that has returned them to the post-season for the first time in four years, and lifted the team to a +1200 wager on the Super Bowl odds.

Indianapolis picked up its third outright victory as a betting underdog with last weekend’s decisive 21-7 win in Houston. With the win, the Colts have held opponents to 10 or fewer points five times during their current surge while scoring over 27.5 points per game.

The Chiefs enter Saturday’s contest leading all AFC teams as a +400 wager on the Super Bowl odds. The Chiefs also own a sparkling 21-6 SU record when set as favourites at home by five or more points, but are winless SU in four previous playoff dates with the Colts.

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