Though their collective body clocks might not be properly set for the 1:00 Eastern time kickoff in Atlanta, the Los Angeles Rams need a big bounce back outing in Week 7 on the road to the Falcons.
Many expected Sean McVay’s squad to have minimal difficulty in repeating as NFC Champs, but that’s been the furthest thing from the truth. This group has looked old in key positions, and been unable to deal with critical injuries at skill positions. They were embarrassed last week against their divisional rivals, the Niners – and now need to rebound in Atlanta. It’s a big game for the Rams.
The Falcons meanwhile must feel like every game is a big one if they are to get back in the thick of things in the NFC playoff race. Sitting at 1-5 isn’t pretty and coach Dan Quinn’s firing has to be imminent by now. This team still has nice pieces and a prolific offense, but many shortcomings on defense continue to be the downfall of the Falcons. Atlanta does have a tendency of coming up large in important spots, as was seen by their one win this season on Sunday Night Football against the Eagles. They’re always a tough team to knock off at home, and that’s what should make this a very fascinating contest. Can the Rams get back on track? Read on below the odds to find out!
Rams vs. Falcons Betting Odds:
Los Angeles Rams -3 (-110)
@ Atlanta Falcons +3 (-110)
Over 54.5 (-110)
Under 54.5 (-110)
Rams vs. Falcons Pick:
Look for the Rams’ offense to get back on track here in Week 7 vs. the Falcons. They have too many pieces to be so stagnant, and the creativity of Sean McVay paired with the talent of Jared Goff, should bounce back. One underrated element to point to in the Rams’ struggles when they have the ball is the play of their offensive line. It’s depleted and aging and as a result Goff hasn’t had the same time and space he’s been used to. The offensive line and blocking were huge issues in recent weeks against teams with solid pass rushes – this week that won’t occur.
Atlanta really struggles at getting to opposing quarterbacks, and to make matters worse – they can’t cover in the secondary. Their defense overall is just brutal, and look for the Rams to be able to take out a ton of their frustration on this woeful Atlanta squad. Big games are in store for Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Brandin Cooks on Sunday.
Atlanta too has had some big-time issues of their own with their offensive line, explaining Matt Ryan’s struggles and turnovers this year. While the Falcons’ attack is still definitely talented, the Rams’ defense remains loaded with ferocious pieces that should make things difficult on Ryan – specifically when he drops back to pass. Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers can put a ton of pressure on Ryan, and with the addition of Jalen Ramsey to the L.A. secondary it should enhance their coverage on Sunday.
At 3-3 the Rams know they need to start stringing some victories together. This is a well-coached, veteran group, and despite the early start time they’ll be ready for a big performance. After getting Todd Gurley back from injury, and Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars, there’s a new sense of optimism within the Rams’ camp and as short road favourites, the betting value is firmly on them in Week 7. Look for L.A. to bounce back in a big way on Sunday.