Atlanta Falcons (7-5) at Los Angeles Rams (4-8)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 11, 2016, 4:25 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Rams +6 -- Over/Under: 46
The Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams square off Sunday afternoon in a NFC NFL contest at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Atlanta Falcons look for their fifth road victory of the season to keep their lead in the NFC South. The Atlanta Falcons have lost back-to-back games just once this season. Matt Ryan is completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 3,813 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Ryan has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 12 games. Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu have combined for more than 1,774 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Taylor Gabriel has 26 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons ground game is averaging 110 yards per contest, and Devonta Freeman leads the way with 785 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Atlanta is allowing 27.6 points and 381.7 yards per game. Keanu Neal leads the Atlanta Falcons with 79 tackles, Vic Beasley Jr. has 10.5 sacks and Deion Jones has two interceptions.
The Los Angeles Rams could use a feel good victory after losing seven of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Rams have lost four straight home games. Jared Goff is completing 53.7 percent of his passes for 509 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Goff enters this game with 95 career pass attempts under his belt. Kenny Britt and Brian Quick have combined for more than 1,348 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Lance Kendricks has 43 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 79.2 yards per contest, and Todd Gurley leads the way with 679 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 21.8 points and 345 yards per game. Alec Ogletree leads the Los Angeles Rams with 111 tackles, Aaron Donald has six sacks and Mark Barron has two interceptions.
The Falcons are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss. The Rams are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The home team is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
It's always tricky with teams traveling across the country, but I'm not sure how anyone can make a case for the Rams and the points as long as the line is under a full touchdown. The Rams still have no offense and the defense is on the field way too long. Meanwhile, the Falcons offense continues to produce each week and they'll be motivated after a brutal loss to Kansas City, and they need to be given the tight division race in the NFC South. The Rams are going to have a hard time keeping up with Atlanta's pass-happy offense. The Falcons under a full touchdown seems like one of the better bets on the board for Sunday.