NFL Week 13: ‘TNF’ Cowboys vs. Saints Betting Odds & The Rams Struggle To Snap Losing Streak
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has COVID headed into Thursday Night Football vs. the Saints, and the beleaguered Rams take on the Jaguars.
While the Thanksgiving weekend passed, I for one don’t have a lot to be thankful for. As an NFL prognosticator for MaximBet, I try not to be biased. I’m trying to make money. I’m trying to help you make money.
But in my heart, I am biased as hell.
Which is why the Los Angeles Rams, my favorite team, have been such a disappointment. They took the idea of “No Nut November” to the extreme, seeking solidarity with every participant in that particular late fall tradition making it clear that, if you’re not going to score, neither are the LA Rams.
Since they traded their 2022 second and third round picks for Von Miller and their social media arm tweeted that they were “all in,” the Rams have been “all out” of victories.
And while it can take a little while to get a guy like Miller and a wide receiver like Odell Beckham Jr. involved in the gameplan, a “No Win November” is not what anyone expected.
The losses for LA have not been close, with Sunday’s 36-28 being the only single digit differential in their “L” column.
Matthew Stafford has thrown three pick-sixes in three consecutive games and is the NFL’s active leader in the interception returned for a touchdown stat. While they might not all be on him, not balancing them with at least an extra TD pass to his own teammates certainly seems to be in his complete control.
The Rams remain the fifth seed in the NFC and both conferences are wide open. Anything can happen leading up to the eventual New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl (MaximBet is currently offering 16-1 odds for that Super Bowl LVI matchup) that will make us all want to jump in front of the nearest train.
The Rams host the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, which can only be a bad thing. A win proves absolutely nothing. A loss could very well be a season-ender with the Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers still on the schedule.
And that’s not even mentioning the Seattle Seahawks, who could very well “get right” against a Los Angeles team with lots wrong.
Thursday Night Football Betting Odds
Dallas Cowboys (-4.5) at New Orleans Saints
Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy will not travel with the team or coach them in their Thursday night contest against the New Orleans Saints and, I have to tell you, I’ve never felt more confident in a Cowboys victory.
America’s Team has a real problem, an elephant with a star on its cap in the room, if you will, and Thursday might just be the solution. Dallas has lost three of its last four games, but maybe more importantly, in the offseason could lose its two best coaches — offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Moore could very well be the next Sean McVay or Matt LeFleur, and there are plenty of teams looking for exactly that. And while I’m not super excited to see Quinn back in the head coaching ranks, he did get a Falcons team to the Super Bowl back in 2016.
It’s probably helping his case that Atlanta still looks like complete shit without him at the helm. If I was Jerry Jones, and my facial elasticity proves that I am not, I would prefer either of these guys over McCarthy as my head coach.
Quinn is getting the nod as interim Thursday night while the offense will all be in Moore’s hands without any of McCarthy’s wing sauce-stained fingers touching the offensive gameplan.
Add to that Taysom Hill making his first start of the season for New Orleans, I don’t think it’ll be close.
Take the Cowboys and the points.
Adam Greene is @TheFirstMan on Twitter.
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