An all-California battle between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers is the primetime Sunday Night Football game in Week 6. We’ve had better in primetime in this timeslot, but Jared Goff against Jimmy Garoppolo could be interesting. Right now the 49ers are trying to figure out whether Jimmy G is the long-term option in San Francisco. Upon returning from his ankle injury last week against the Miami Dolphins, Garoppolo was flat out bad with 77 yards on 7 for 17 passing and 2 interceptions.
There really wasn’t much to hate about the way he was playing versus the Cardinals and Jets before he was injured. He passed for 4 touchdowns with no interceptions and 390 yards. Nothing wrong with that, but I think the argument being made by 49ers’ fans is that Jimmy G might not be the guy to put the offense over the top. Decent, yeah, but not good enough to provide the wow factor to bring the offense to the next level.
This is a really big game for him and the 2-3 49ers. Fall flat and the hot seat is going to be on fire for Garoppolo. With a lack of momentum if that’s the case, it would be tough to overcome a record of 2-4. They can’t be much worse than the team that lost 43-17 against the Dolphins in Week 5. The Rams’ defense made life miserable for Washington and the Giants the last two weeks. After Josh Allen led the Bills to a 35-32 win over the Rams three weeks ago, the Rams’ defense has looked much better, albeit against inferior competition.
If the 49ers’ offense decides to show up on Sunday night, we could be in for an entertaining primetime matchup at Levi’s Stadium. Hopefully we can find some prop winners and have a good night of our own. Head below for our free Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers props picks for October 18, 2020.
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George Kittle Receptions
Following a monster performance in his return to the starting lineup two weeks ago against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dolphins made George Kittle a non-factor. He was targeted eight times by Jimmy G and was able to haul in just 4 receptions for 44 yards. Kittle went wild for 15 receptions and 183 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he did not have the game he was looking for against the Dolphins.
The Dolphins had the perfect gameplan to prevent Kittle from going off. Garoppolo looked his way fairly often, but was only able to hook up for 44 yards on 4 receptions. That’s the same level of production that Kittle had in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. Kittle had to leave the Cardinals game and missed some time in that game, so he likely goes for more if not for the injury.
It’s simple for the 49ers. When Kittle is the main focus of the offense, the ball gets moved on defense with relative ease. The Rams have a top-2 pass defense with less than 200 passing yards allowed per game, but I have a feeling this is going to be a bounce-back spot for Kittle. I suspect that Kyle Shanahan will figure out ways to get the ball in his hands a little more this week.
When that happens, good things occur for the 49ers’ offense. I don’t believe Kittle is going to haul in 15 more receptions like he did against the Eagles, but this should be an opportunity for him to at least register 6 receptions. Look for Kittle to have chances underneath and deep against the Rams on Sunday night.
Raheem Mostert Receiving Yards
Raheem Mostert might be the most underrated weapon in the 49ers’ offense. He’s one of the fastest players in the NFL and is an asset on the ground and in the passing game. Against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, Mostert caught a pass over the middle of the field and he was gone for a 76-yard touchdown.
Mostert was clocked at 22.73 mph, which is the fastest for a player in the last three years in the NFL. Believe it or not, but Mostert is leading all running backs in the NFL with 3.97 yards per route run. Yeah, even more than Alvin Kamara and Aaron Jones, surprisingly enough. The 49ers don’t target Mostert through the air as much as the Saints and Packers do with Kamara and Jones do, but the opportunities are there for Mostert.
He caught 4 receptions for 95 yards in Week 1 against the Cardinals. Mostert caught 2 receptions for 15 yards the following week, and then 3 receptions for 29 yards against the Dolphins. It won’t take too much for this prop to go OVER the total on Sunday night. Whether it comes on some short dump offs, or Mosert breaks off one long catch and run, this bet is always going to have a chance to hit as long as he’s on the field.
Robert Woods Receiving Yards
I need to throw one Ram prop pick on my card for when they have the ball. Robert Woods is one of the main threats in the Rams’ offense. He’s a great receiver for Jared Goff to target deep as well as underneath. Short passes to Woods have the potential to turn into big plays. Woods is terrific after the catch and is one of the better receivers in the NFL in that regard. He was like that at USC, too, and it’s carried over into his NFL career.
Woods is averaging 13 yards per reception and 7.3 YAC. The 7.3 yards after the catch is good for first in the NFL. So whether the play call signals Woods deep or short underneath the linebackers, Woods has the potential to quickly pile up the yards.
In the 2020 season, he’s recorded 23 receptions for 300 yards. In three out of five games, Woods has recorded more than 62 yards. He had 105 yards against the Cowboys in Week 1, 74 yards against the Bills, and 71 yards against Washington last week. Opportunities should present themselves for another solid game for him on Sunday night.