St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers: Preview and Pick
8 Replies | 216 ViewsOn 11/26/2013 08:10 AM in NFL
The San Francisco 49ers got a big win the nation’s capital on Monday night football as they defeated the Washington Redskins to stay in the very tight NFL playoff race. They will only have a short week to prepare to take on the St. Louis Rams, a division rival that has been a tough matchup for this team in the past. In fact the Rams have beaten the 49ers, or tied in both meetings a season ago and that is when the 49ers were a Super Bowl team.
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers Odds
The opening NFL point spread for this game have the 49ers listed as (-9.5) point favorites. The betting public is hesitant to take the 49ers despite the win on prime time television as over 65 percent of the early wagering is actually on the upstart Rams. This point spread has yet to adjust to this betting pattern, but check out the latest line at the top rated online sportsbook before kickoff.
The Rams are winning ball games because they get out early on the opposition. The Rams had 26 rushes for 261 yards and three touchdowns Sunday (not counting three Kellen Clemens kneeldowns), averaging 10.0 yards per rush. St. Louis recorded 213 yards before contact Sunday, the most of any team in a game this year. Injuries are catching up with the Bears rush defense.
The Rams now have 3 1st-quarter touchdowns today against the Bears, equaling the amount they had in their first 10 games this season. It's the first time they've scored 21 points in the 1st quarter since Week 7 of 2008. This is the kind of confidence that they will bring into this game against the 49ers, a team that have beaten before.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have supporting wagering angles. The Rams are 12-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 17 games following a straight up win of more than 14 points, 23-47-1 ATS in their last 71 road games when playing against a team with a winning home record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The 49ers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game, 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of is big game, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.