The Los Angeles Rams (4-1) have definitely played a more convincing season so far than their Sunday’s opponents, the San Francisco 49ers (2-3). The Rams will have another chance to secure three victories in a roll after they suffered a last-minute defeat against the Buffalo Bills whereas the 49ers will try to avoid a third consecutive loss.
Both teams have a lot to gain from a win on Sunday, October 16 when they meet at Levi’s Stadium. The odds seem to be generously favoring the Rams for this one and perhaps a little too much. Yet, with a comfortable lead of (-181),
Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers Odds to Win
|Los Angeles Rams||-3½ (-105)||-181||O 51 (-110)|
|San Francisco 49ers||+3½ (-115)||+161||U 51 (-110)|
Where and When to Watch Rams vs 49ers – October 18, 20
- Date: Sunday, October 18
- Time: 8:20 pm ET
- Venue: Levi’s Stadium
- Watch: NBC
Los Angeles Rams Preview
The Los Angeles Rams are looking good. They have won two back-to-back games and against decent teams, too. The team defeated Washington in their most recent matchup with 30-10 and dominated the New York Giants before that with 17-9.
Now, admittedly dominating the bottom tier of the league isn’t necessarily too impressive, but the Rams did so in a respectable fashion, giving a good idea of what to expect for the upcoming game.
Now, they do have three questionable players as of October 14, so it’s good to consider this. The players who may miss Sunday are:
- LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
- OT Bobby Evans
- LB Micah Kiser
Will the absence of these players doesn’t hurt the team much at all, it’s good to factor that if you are betting on Sunday. As to the rest of the squad, things are looking very tidy. The Rams have quite a few impressive players. Quarterback Jared Goff has 1,372 passing yards and 71.7% completion.
That’s right 71.7%. All eyeballs will be on Goff for the upcoming game. Next we have John Johnson who is playing safety and has already clocked 33 tackles this season. Cooper Kupp, playing wide receiver, adds more to the team with his 363 receiving yards.
Not least you have D. Henderson Jr. as running back and 260 rushing yards so far this season. The team clocks in 27.2 points per game and allows some 18.0 average per game. That’s better than the 49ers’ 24.8 and 22.8 in each respective category.
Naturally, all of this puts the Rams ahead in the oddsmakers’ eyes.
San Francisco 49ers Preview
So, how are the 49ers looking in all of this? The team has had two tough games versus the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins. To observers, the loss against the Eagles was definitely inexcusable, but still, it happened.
On the other hand, the game up against the Dolphins was a completely dispiriting exercise. By the end of the game, 49ers were looking at 17-43 in favor of their opponents.
Overall, 49er score 24.8 and they seem to have a slightly weaker defense than the Rams. Yet, the real trouble is the missing players, and specifically CBs Ken Webster, Dontae Johnson, Emmanuel Moseley, QB Jimmy Garoppolo and LB Kwon Alexander as of October 14.
The 49ers don’t have quite the same quarterback as Goff, but they do have quite a few promising players. All three quarterbacks who have debuted this season are at least 60%on their completions, with Nick Mullens taking the lead with 69.9%.
Yet, C.J. Beathard definitely seems to be doing a fine job, and he is a powerful ace in the hands of Coach Kyle Shanahan. Overall, the 49ers are looking confident. They have Fred Warner playing linebacker with 44 tackles, and wide receiver Georgia Kittle with 271 receiving yards. The 49ers are no mistake at a disadvantage here, yet we really like the (+161) moneyline. Fans definitely want to see Garoppolo back as well.