San Francisco (4-6) at Los Angeles Rams (7-3)
Old NFC West rivals match up as the 49ers own a 72-67-3 advantage in the rivalry. San Francisco is 6-4 in its last ten games and has won the last three in the series. The Niners upset the Rams in October at Levi’s Stadium behind three Jimmy Garoppolo touchdown passes.
Vs. The Spread:
These two teams are heading in different directions against the spread, too as San Francisco holds a 7-3 record against the number while the Rams check in at 3-7. Both teams are an even 5-5 with the O/U as the OVER has been the best in LA, where five of the last seven in the series are indeed OVER. The Rams defense has been so solid that six of their last seven games have been UNDER. Los Angeles has won its last six at home.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|San Francisco 49ers||+7½ (-135)||+250||O 45 (-105)|
|Los Angeles Rams||-7½ +115||-300||U 45 (-115)|
The 49ers come off the bye week as they dropped a 27-13 decision in New Orleans two weeks ago. Back-up quarterback Nick Mullen threw two interceptions while San Francisco was also the subject of two muffed punts which gave the Saints short fields for touchdowns.
The Rams potentially played their best game of the year in a 27-24 win at Tampa Bay. With the running game in the freezer, Jared Goff went to work in the short passing game as he completed 39 of 51 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods had huge nights as Kupp caught 11 balls for 145 yards and Woods had 12 catches for 130 yards.
When San Francisco Has the Ball:
Mullens will have his hands full with the top-rated Rams defense that generally stops the pass and run equally well. Linebacker Leonard Floyd leads the Rams’ pass rush with seven sacks while the unit has minimized opponents’ rushing attacks to the tune of only 91 yards per game. Finding a running game with Jerrick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman, who are nicked up. The 49ers have 15 rushing touchdowns, tied for second in the NFL and one behind the Arizona Cardinals’ 16.
Rookie wide receiver Brandon Ayuk has found a place in the 49er’s offense as his five touchdowns are tied for fifth-most among rookies this season. He is out, though as Richie James and Debo Samuel will have to play make in the passing game while tight end George Kittle is on IR. The Rams’ secondary will use the quickness and speed and potentially overwhelm in those matchups. Jordan Fuller picked Tom Brady off twice on Monday night and with Jalen Ramsey and Troy Hill, the Rams look way too potent to give up many points against the injured Niners.
When Los Angeles Has the Ball:
Jared Goff continues to soar with the short passing game as we saw in Monday night’s win over the Buccaneers. Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds should be able to get deep on the injured 49ers secondary as San Francisco has only eight interceptions. The rushing game is for real with Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown, who has seven TDs in his last six home games. Rookie defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw had his first career multi-sack game with 1.5 last week.
Trying to fire up the pass rush will be a must against Goff and his quick release. The Rams want to get their speed in space so that they can accentuate yards after the catch. It puts plenty of pressure on the lateral movement of linebackers and speed in the secondary. 49ers linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Fred Warner will be on notice as the coming in as the top two tacklers.
NFL Betting Predictions
Winner: Rams (-7½) 31, 49ers 10
Over-Under: Take UNDER 45