The Los Angeles Rams (7-2, 4-0 away) and San Francisco 49ers (3-5, 0-4 home) battle in primetime on Monday night to wrap up Week 10 of NFL action. Both teams aim to bounce back in the NFC West clash after suffering losses last week.
Monday’s contest kicks off at 8:15 p.m. EST inside Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Los Angeles is a 3.5-point favorite, and the over-under total is set at 51 points.
What to Know – Los Angeles Rams
The Rams broke their four-game winning streak last week in a 28-16 defeat at home to the Tennessee Titans. Los Angeles looks to stay perfect on the road as they head into an off week next week. A victory Monday night, and the Rams are tied with the Arizona Cardinals atop the division.
Trading for Matthew Stafford in the offseason was the right move for a Rams offense that averages 29.0 points and 411.4 yards of offense per game. Stafford is third in the league averaging 307.9 yards per game through the air.
Wideout Robert Woods, one of Stafford’s top targets, suffered a season-ending ACL injury in practice on Friday. Enter Odell Beckham Jr., who was picked up by the Rams on Thursday after being released by the Cleveland Browns. Beckham isn’t expected to see much action Monday night, so look for NFL leading receiving Cooper Kupp (74 receptions, 1,019 yards, ten touchdowns) to be Stafford’s primary target.
Los Angeles is 4-5 against the spread this season and 2-2 ATS on the road. The Rams are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against San Francisco.
What to Know – San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco hasn’t picked up a win at home this year but will try and nab their fifth straight victory over their rival. The 49ers have lost five of their last six games after starting the season 2-0. Last week San Francisco fell at home to the Kyler Murray-less Arizona Cardinals, 31-17.
San Francisco’s problems can’t be traced back to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who’s got the 49ers offense ranked in the middle of the pack in scoring. Garoppolo’s time under center is numbered, as with each loss, the chance to get rookie Trey Lance more starts becomes greater.
One of the bright spots for the 49ers’ offense has been the production from wide receiver Deebo Samuel. Samuel’s hauled in 49 receptions for 882 yards and four touchdowns for SF. The return of tight end George Kittle last week will help the Niners move the ball this week against a tough Rams defense.
The 49ers are 2-6 ATS this year and 0-4 ATS at home. San Francisco is 1-4 ATS in their last five contests against teams from the NFC.
The Pick is In
San Francisco desperately needs a victory, and it’d come at a great time if they were to get their first home win of the season against their conference rival. Los Angeles is playing to stay on pace with the Cardinals, and it’ll be interesting to see who steps up Monday night in Woods’ absence.
We will stay away from the spread in this one and take the over with both teams showcasing the ability to move the ball into the red zone.
Betting Pick: Rams/49ers OVER 51