Game: Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Odds: Rams +1.5, 49er -1.5
The San Francisco 49ers are looking to defeat the Los Angeles Rams for the eighth consecutive time in the regular season. In last year’s NFC championship, the game that mattered the most to the Niners last season, it was the Rams that came out victorious. Tonight, the teams will square off once more on Monday night at Levi’s Stadium for the first time since Los Angeles beat the 49ers to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.
The Rams (2-1) haven’t won at Levi’s Stadium since 2018, but they did win that NFC championship last year by making numerous noteworthy plays. Cooper Kupp, the Rams’ star wide receiver and MVP of the Super Bowl last season, had 11 receptions for 142 yards and two scores during the 20-17 victory. The Niners do not want to let that happen again.
Rams-49ers matchups have affected playoff placement, home-field advantage, and last year’s NFC championship during the past few years. The two teams are very familiar with one another playing in the NFC West. A victory for either team during a particular season is typically a good measuring stick for the season. Neither team has truly found its rhythm so far in 2022.
The Rams usually have one of the NFL’s top offenses. Los Angeles hasn’t been in sync this season. The Rams are 15th in scoring offense in the NFL (20.3 points per game) and 25th in overall offense (306.3 yards per game). The Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals 20-12 on Sunday. Kyler Murray, the quarterback for the Cardinals, completed 37 of his 58 passes for 314 yards, but Los Angeles prevented Arizona from getting into the end zone. Aaron Donald, a former three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, collected his 100th career sack. So far this season, he has two.
The 49ers are even worse on offense scoring 15.7 points per game. That ranks 24th in the NFL thus far. The offense is producing just 323.7 yards per game. That ranks 28th overall. Starting quarterback Trey Lance’s season-ending broken ankle forced Niners’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to start for the second time this year.
The void left by Lance’s injury in Week 2 was filled by Garoppolo. He steered the 49ers past Seattle 27-7. The San Francisco offense struggled a bit on Sunday night when they fell to the Denver Broncos 11-10. The 49ers’ offense was abysmal as they converted just one of ten third downs. Garoppolo also lost a fumble.
The 49ers’ defense has performed admirably so far. With four sacks, DE Nick Bosa is tied for second in the NFL. In its first three games of the season, San Francisco has only allowed 37 points to be scored.
The Rams are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games while 6-1 SU in their last seven games. Los Angeles has a recent record of 1-6 SU and 0-5 ATS against the Niners.
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