Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) at Los Angeles Rams (11-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 8:20 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: Los Angeles Rams -9 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams meet Sunday in NFL action at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Philadelphia Eagles need a win here to get back to a .500 record and keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Philadelphia Eagles have lost four of their last five road games. Carson Wentz is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Wentz has two or more touchdown passes in 15 of his last 19 games. Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor have combined for 1,588 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Alshon Jeffery has 49 receptions. The Philadelphia Eagles ground game is averaging 97.9 yards per contest, and Josh Adams leads the way with 412 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Philadelphia is allowing 22.7 points and 384 yards per game. Jordan Hicks leads the Philadelphia Eagles with 85 tackles, Michael Bennett has eight sacks and Rasul Douglas has two interceptions.
The Los Angeles Rams look for their 12th win of the season to keep pace for the top seed in the NFC. The Los Angeles Rams have won all of their six home games this season. Jared Goff is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,934 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Goff has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 11 games. Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods have combined for 2,080 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Todd Gurley II has 49 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 132.7 yards per contest, and Gurley leads the way with 1,203 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 24.1 points and 361.7 yards per game. Cory Littleton leads the Los Angeles Rams with 101 tackles, Aaron Donald has 16.5 sacks and John Johnson III has four interceptions.
The Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rams are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in December, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Rams last 5 home games. The under is 5-2 in Eagles last 7 games overall.
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a tough overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys and six of their seven losses this season have been decided by seven or less points. The Los Angeles Rams couldn't get anything going against the Chicago Bears last week and four of their last six victories have been decided by five or less points. The Philadelphia Eagles have covered six of their last nine games when an underdog of at least seven points. The Los Angeles Rams have failed to cover four of their last six games when a favorite of at least seven points. The Rams have the potential to blow the doors off an Eagles team that has had issues scoring this season. However, both of these teams have been in close games all season long, so it's tough to just throw out a big number like this. Despite their record, the Eagles compete. The Rams also have just two double-digit victories since week 4. I have to take the points in this contest, as I'm just not as high on the Rams as other handicappers or oddsmakers appear to be.