San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams NFL Pick, Odds, Prediction 10/13/14
San Francisco 49ers (3-2) at St. Louis Rams (1-3)
NFL Football: Monday
The Line: St. Louis Rams +3 -- Over/Under: 43.5 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Rams search for their first home win as they host the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football on ESPN in week six.
The San Francisco 49ers are 3-2 heading into this contest coming off back-to-back home wins over the Eagles and Chiefs. QB Colin Kaepernick is completing 65% of his passes on the year for 1,113 yards with seven TDs and four interceptions while also rushing for 205 yards on 43 carries. Veteran WR Anquan Boldin leads the team with 303 receiving yards on 25 catches, WR Michael Crabtree has 25 catches for 246 yards with two TDs and WR Stevie Johnson has 15 catches for 183 yards with two TDs. TE Vernon Davis has two TDs in three games of action and is expected to return this week from a back injury. In the backfield Frank Gore has rushed for 365 yards on 77 carries with a TD and rookie Carlos Hyde has 132 yards on 34 carries and two TDs.
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The 49ers defense ranks fourth in the league in passing yards allowed and fifth in rushing yards allowed despite the absence of linebackers Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman. Justin Smith has three of the team’s five sacks, Patrick Willis leads the team in tackles and Perrish Cox has three of the team’s six interceptions. The 49ers have also forced five fumbles, recovering four including one taken to the house for a TD by CB Chris Culliver.
The St. Louis Rams are 1-3 on the year and have yet to win a game in two tries in their home stadium. The Rams are a team in transition as QB Austin Davis has assumed the starter’s role due to the injury to Sam Bradford – Davis has shown promise though completing 68% of his passes for 1,129 yards with six TDs and three INTs. WR Brian Quick leads the team with 332 yards receiving on 22 catches with three TDs, TE Jared Cook has 19 catches for 221 yards, WR Kenny Britt has 154 yards on nine catches with a TD, and WR Tavon Austin has yet to showcase his big play ability this year with just 67 yards on five catches. In the backfield Zac Stacy has seen the bulk of the workload with 53 carries for 223 yards and a TD while Benjamin Cunningham has 27 carries for 112 yards and a TD.
The Rams defense ranks first in the league in opposing passing yards allowing just 192.3 per game while struggling against the run ranking 29th in the league. The Rams have just one sack on the year and have registered three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. LB Alec Ogletree leads the team in tackles with LB James Laurinaitis and SS T.J. McDonald close behind.
The Rams are one of the scrappier bad teams out there but with the divisional rivalry at play here I see the 49ers having little problem asserting themselves and getting the win and cover in prime time.