Whitworth's line dominates as Rams power past Cowboys, 30-22

Whitworth's line dominates as Rams power past Cowboys, 30-22

Next weekend, the AFC West champions will play the victor of Monday's (NZ time) game between the Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots for a spot in the Super Bowl in Atlanta. The Pats are undefeated at home this season.

The Cowboys have won all three of the games in which they were at least a seven-point dog. Something has to give. Fans really thought that Mahomes was the difference and that this team was a different story than what we've witnessed previously.

The Rams are giving the visiting Dallas Cowboys a touchdown. If the Saints play to their offensive capabilities, they should overwhelm the Eagles and win this game. And the Philadelphia Eagles will try to contain Drew Brees and the Saints' aerial attack in the late game. Our playoffs simulation was 2-2 last weekend, getting Sunday's games both right. "We're talking about the trophy and if you saw all that money, you'd get excited, too".

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Much of the focus will be on how a vastly improved Colts defense stops Patrick Mahomes at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs have only lost once this season, but Kansas City will have a similarly tough task slowing down Indianapolis' attack. They are on quite a roll from going 1-5, with an efficient offense that protects its quarterback better than any team, allowing sacks on only 2.7 percent of Andrew Luck's passes. It's hard to lose when you've come this far with the team that we have and the guys that we have, so credit to the Chiefs. But their defense is suspect. Dallas will lean on Zeke again this weekend in the Divisional Round against the Rams, who finished the regular season ranked a lowly 23rd in the league in run defense. However, the Chargers certainly have more than a puncher's chance at an upset and, according to one report, a win for the franchise would present an interesting conundrum.

The weakness of this Rams team is the defense.

Mahomes and the rest of their own high-powered offense took care of the rest, rolling to a 31-13 victory in the divisional round to end 25 years of playoff frustration. So did quarterback Jared Goff. Amari Cooper was acquired in a trade with Oakland, one game before the surge to a second NFC East title in three seasons with Prescott and Elliott. The way Whitworth and his linemen manhandled Dallas (11-7) at the line of scrimmage was remarkable indeed: The Rams dominated on the ground from the opening drive to C.J. Anderson's 1-yard TD plunge on fourth-and-goal with 7:16 to play.

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The Denver Broncos split games with the Chargers in 2018.

The Indianapolis Colts on the other hand may be the most unsafe team in the playoffs right now. Some people think the Pats are more mortal this year, and rightfully so. The Patriots follow at 5/1, then it's the Chargers (10/1), Colts (14/1), and Eagles and Cowboys the longest at 16/1.

The NFL's leader in receptions (125) should be extremely fresh coming off a bye week and limited snaps in the regular-season finale against the Panthers. However, in an awesome matchup, a $100 bet on Brees eclipsing 290.5 passing yards nets $92.59.

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Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Saints 28, Eagles 21. But that was back in November. Foles has risen to the occasion, leading Philadelphia to nine straight-up wins in his past 10 appearances in December and January, with the team 3-0-1 against the spread in its past four games.

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