Week 3 is already upon us and though these Thursday night games typically tend to be duds, it doesn’t mean you can’t try to make a little bit of extra money on them. Last week started out red-hot, but flamed out quickly as both the Packers and Giants didn’t come through in SNF and MNF respectively. We’ll look to bounce back with a big start for Week 3.
This week, we’ll begin our week by focusing on an all-NFC West divisional clash as the Los Angeles Rams travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.
The Niners turned some heads last week and certainly had many Survivor Football players worried as they hung tough with the Seahawks for the duration of their match. San Francisco showed they won’t simply be a doormat in 2017, and the Rams will need to put their best foot forward if they want to shake off last week’s dismal showing against Washington.
It’s always interesting when divisional rivals square off on a standalone evening. Even though not much is expected from the Niners, the Rams possess an up-and-coming group with their sights set on pushing for a post-season spot. To do that, they’ll need a much better showing against San Francisco on Thursday evening. Read on below for full game details, analysis, and a betting prediction to get your week started off on a good note.
Rams vs. 49ers Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Rams -2.5 (-115)
@ San Francisco 49ers +2.5 (-105)
Over 39 (-115)
Under 39 (-105)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Rams vs. 49ers Pick:
The Rams’ offense took a serious step back last week, barely amounting anything against a suspect Redskins’ defense. They’ll need to rebound this week on the road in San Francisco. The only thing is the Niners aren’t all that awful – and they’ve certainly exceeded expectations so far. All this said, the Rams can still do many things on the attack that should trouble the Niners’ stop unit.
Jared Goff struggled with some of the pressure he faced last week – though this week that likely will not be as much of an issue. San Francisco doesn’t really have any solid pass rushers, and look for the Rams’ offensive line to do a better job of blocking for Goff as a result in Week 3. The Niners also have a weak secondary – one that is quite suspect at the moment. With some key injuries, Goff will have time and space in the pocket to pick apart the Niners through the air. Look for big games out of Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp.
One offensive line that certainly won’t hold up is the 49ers. The Rams bring all kinds of pressure and should be able to wreak havoc in the San Francisco backfield on Thursday evening. Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, and Michael Brockers are all elite at their positions, and should be able to disrupt Brian Hoyer with regularity. He’ll have little time and space, and when he does get the ball away – the Rams possess a solid secondary led by Trumaine Johnson at cornerback. Carlos Hyde will be counted on heavily to move the chains, but don’t expect much success with suspect run blocking and a loaded box.
The Niners just don’t match up all that well against the L.A. Rams. After a hard fought game in Seattle against the powerful Seahawks, the Niners may still be hung up on not leaving with a victory – one that was right there for them. Conversely, expect a motivated and hungry Rams team to go on the road and leave with a convincing victory to get back on track. This is a much better team than last week’s showing against Washington and look for a comfortable Los Angeles win to get Week 3 started off on the right foot.
PICK = Rams -2.5 (-115)