Los Angeles Rams (1-1) at San Francisco 49ers (0-2)
NFL Football: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm (Levi's Stadium)
The Line: San Francisco 49ers +2 -- Over/Under: 42 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Rams look to shake out of their road losing funk as they head into San Francisco to battle the 49ers on Thursday Night Football.
The Rams are coming off a tough loss at home against the Washington Redskins but their offense continued to roll as they hung 20 points up on a pretty solid defense and will be out for more in this divisional clash with the 49ers who haven’t looked great through the first two weeks. Los Angeles is getting a bounce back season from third year running back Todd Gurley and it looks as though Jared Goff is turning a corner in his second season as he is more poised behind center and is making plays down field that were absent from the Rams’ production a year ago. The Rams are slight favourites on the road in this spot which is an intriguing concept as the unofficial rule of point spreads that gives the home team a field goal would have this game sitting around five points in favour of the Rams if this one was in Los Angeles and in an NFC West division show down that looks like it is a ton of points, especially on a short week.
The Niners meanwhile are coming off a loss against the Seahawks in Seattle last weekend in a game they very well should have won, but that to me says more about the struggles the Seahawks have been having on offense than it does about the strength of this Niners group. San Fran does have some serviceable pieces in the form of Carlos Hyde, Brian Hoyer, and Navorro Bowman and they should be able to go drive for drive with the Rams and with the home side at Levi’s Stadium in their favour and this one being in prime time I have a feeling the Niners will be ready to prove they aren’t going to be a push over this season in what could be a coming out party of sorts for Kyle Shanahan and company.
The Rams are 1-6 ATS in their last seven following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games while the Niners are 4-0 ATS in their last four against the NFC West and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. This one looks to be a trap spot for the Rams as they are getting a bit too much love here and the money is already pouring in on San Fran which has us jumping on before it gets too late.