Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos - 8/27/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Rams (7-9) at Denver Broncos (15-4)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Sports Authority Field at Mile High)
The Line: Denver Broncos -4.5 -- Over/Under: 42 See the Latest Odds
The undefeated Rams take to the road for the first time since returning to Los Angeles to take on the Denver Broncos on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Rams squeaked out a 21-20 win over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs to make it two wins in two games since returning to L.A. The battle between quarterbacks Jared Goff and Case Keenum heated up, with Goff going 8-12 for 82 yards and a touchdown while Keenum completed 4 of 5 for 53 yards and a touchdown of his own. Malcom Brown led the way on the ground for the Rams, putting up 68 yards on 12 carries while as a team the Rams rushed for 139 yards on 29 carries. Rams veterans Kenny Britt and Brian Quick shared the game high for L.A. with 2 reception for 27 yards each. The Rams defense had a good night, picking up 2 sacks and forcing 2 fumbles on the night, now the real test for the Rams is taking their show on the road and their first stop is the defending Super Bowl champions.
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The Denver Broncos fell to 1-1 after dropping a 31-24 decision to the visiting San Francisco 49ers last Saturday. Mark Sanchez went 10-17 for 127 yards, but it was third-stringer rookie Paxton Lynch who is trying to make a move not only for the backup spot, but the starting spot as well, going 15-26 for 113 yards and throwing for 2 scores. Devontae Booker led the Broncos in rushing with 36 yards on 9 carries while as a team Denver put up 124 yards on 25 carries. The Broncos were the definition of spreading the wealth on Saturday, with 15 different receivers catching at least 1 ball, and leading the way for Denver was the returning Virgil Green who put up 4 catches for 57 yards. The Denver defense was busy poaching the football, forcing a fumble and recovering 3 dropped balls from San Francisco.
Los Angeles is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 overall. Denver is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
I like the way the Rams have been playing, but I’m loving the quarterback battle going on in Denver, making it hard for me to pick a side. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as I’m thinking with so many battles going on both sides are going to put it in overdrive with this being the last week that really means something to most teams.