New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview

Sunday, December 20, 2020, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California, 4:05 p.m. ET

Jets at Rams Betting Preview: Jets (+17.5/-114), Rams (+17.5/-106)

New York Jets

A second consecutive game on the West Coast could be even more challenging than the first for the 0-13 Jets, who were pummeled 40-3 by the Seahawks last weekend. The Seahawks entered with the worst passing defense in the NFL but quarterback Sam Darnold had just 132 yards in the air and no touchdowns.

Darnold returns home, where he was a star at Southern California, but with the Jets closing in on the top overall draft pick, his days as a starter in New York appear numbered.

After Sunday’s meeting with the Rams, the Jets return home to face the Browns before ending the season at New England, giving them three chances to avoid the NFL’s latest 0-16 season since the Browns in 2017. 

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have hit the win-and-you’re-in portion of the schedule. A victory over the Jets gets the Rams (9-4) back into the playoffs after they failed to advance last year following a Super Bowl run after the 2018 regular season.

The Rams’ defensive credentials continue to sparkle. They held the Patriots to three points in a victory last week and enter Week 15 leading the NFL in total yards allowed per game (285.8) and passing yards per game (191.7). The group also is third in both points allowed (18.9) and total sacks (42).

Running back Cam Akers enters off a 171-yard rushing performance against the Patriots, the highest from a Rams rookie since Jerome Bettis ran for 212 in a 1993 game.

Jets at Rams Betting Pick for Week 15

Rams quarterback Jared Goff is much improved after a three-turnover stinker during a Week 12 loss to the 49ers but could still use some fine-tuning in advance of a Week 16 showdown against the Seahawks. L.A. would rather show as little creativity as necessary in advance of next week’s trip to Seattle.

Even when they are playing well, the Rams lack the ability to run away and hide from opponents. The Jets will have to take advantage when the Los Angeles offense goes into its regular mid-game lulls. 

Jets at Rams Betting Pick:

Rams 28, Jets 13

Jets at Rams Best Bet for Week 15

The Rams figure to have an easy time with the Jets but they have shown they lack a killer instinct. Look for the Rams to get off to their usual hot start, lean on their defense and punting game midway through before taking control early enough to get some players a late-game rest in advance of their division showdown against the Seahawks next Sunday.

Jets at Rams Best Bet: JETS +17.5 (-114)

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview

Thursday, December 10, 2020, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California, 8:20 p.m. ET

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview: Patriots (+5.5/-110), Rams (-5.5/-110)

New England Patriots

Quarterback Cam Newton told reporters that his focus is on results — not aesthetics — as he attempts to guide the Patriots (6-6) back to the playoffs. Newton accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) in New England’s 45-0 romp over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday to give him eight TDs (five rushing, three passing) over his past five games. The Patriots own a 4-1 mark in that span.

Damien Harris gained 80 of the 165 rushing yards last week for the Patriots, who boast the NFL’s third-ranked running offense (150.9 yards per game). The passing game has been a work in progress under Newton, who is just 21 of 37 for 153 yards over the past two games combined.

J.C. Jackson picked off rookie Justin Herbert last week, and six of his NFL second-best seven interceptions coming in the past eight games. The Patriots have forced 18 turnovers and are limiting opponents to 21.3 points per game, which ranks seventh in the NFL.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff answered criticism from coach Sean McVay by throwing for 351 yards and totaling two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) on Sunday, helping the Rams (8-4) move into a tie for first place in the NFC West with a 38-28 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Goff now can aim at avenging a lackluster performance against the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, when he completed just 19 of 38 passes for 229 yards and an interception in a 13-3 loss.

Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp continue to be the focal points in the passing game, with the former reeling in 10 catches for 85 yards against the Cardinals while the latter had eight receptions for 73 yards. Woods has 29 catches for 295 yards and a touchdown in his past three games. Kupp has 37 receptions for 419 yards over his past five contests.

While the Rams boast the NFL’s third-ranked offense (395.3 yards per game), their clouded backfield appears be getting clearer after rookie Cam Akers dominated the carries versus the Cardinals. Akers rushed 21 times for 72 yards and a touchdown, but he was listed as a non-participant on Monday’s estimated injury report and limited on Tuesday due to an ailing shoulder.

Patriots at Rams Betting Pick for Week 14

While several names come to mind when discussing the offensive star of the Rams, there is little question regarding who holds that distinction on defense: Aaron Donald. The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has recorded a sack in back-to-back games to boost his total to 11, which is one shy of the league lead.

With Donald creating havoc at the line of scrimmage, New England’s offense likely will have a tough time getting in gear versus Los Angeles’ second-ranked defense and third-ranked rush defense.

Patriots at Rams Betting Pick:

Rams 21, Patriots 17

Patriots at Rams Best Bet for Week 14

McVay, Goff and the Rams will have plenty of motivation after falling on the wrong side of history in their Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. The offense may sputter a bit on a short week, but it’s hard to go against Donald and Co. on the other side of the ball.
Patriots at Rams Best Bet: UNDER 44.5 total points (-109)

5 NFL Prop Bets To Watch This Weekend

Last weekend saw some ridiculous action around the NFL, including a could-have-should-have-somehow-didn’t win for the Jets and the Steelers lose for the first time.

As we inch closer to the postseason, here are five prop bets we’ve got our eye on this weekend.

Jared Goff

Over/Under: Jared Goff (-113) throws for more than 271.5 yards against the Patriots

Prediction: Under

After a somewhat slow start to the season, it looks like both of these teams have finally found their footing. The 6-6 Pats travel to LA to face the 8-4 Rams on Thursday evening.

Entering the game, Los Angeles ranks sixth in the league in passing offense, averaging 271.2 yards per game. While the Pats may not be as fearsome as they were last year, New England has the seventh-ranked scoring defense in the NFL this season. New England’s defense ranks 13th against the pass (225.8 yards/game).

So what gives? My prediction is the Rams focus on attacking the Patriots on the ground; New England is in the bottom-half of the league against the run.

Dalvin Cook

Minnesota (+116) will be the first team to score in the Vikings-Buccaneers game

Prediction: Yes

The game between the Buccaneers and the Vikings could have major NFC playoff implications: Tampa Bay is projected to be the sixth seed in the NFC while the Vikings would be the seventh seed. The winner of this game will significantly increase their chances to reach the 2020 postseason.

This one comes down to the coin flip, but I’m more confident the Vikings defense can get a game-opening stop and put points on the board than Tampa holding Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson down early in the game.

Josh Allen

Over/Under: 5.5 combined passing TDs in the Bills-Steelers game.

Prediction: Over

Sunday night could feature one of the best regular-season games of the year. The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to bounce back after suffering a disappointing loss at the hands of the Washington Football Team, ending their bid for an undefeated season. On the other side, the 9-3 Buffalo Bills are looking to continue building their confidence heading to the playoffs.

This game features two of the best passing attacks in the NFL. Buffalo ranks fourth in passing touchdowns this season while the Steelers rank sixth. Also, the Bills (fifth) and Steelers (11th) are among the league leaders in team Quarterback Rating.

In his last five games, Josh Allen has completed 72.6% of his passes and thrown 10 passing TDs. In his last five contests, Ben Roethlisberger’s has found the end zone more frequently than Allen (12 TDs to 3 INTs). I anticipate both QBs finding success come Sunday night.

This is a primetime game that will have a huge impact on how the AFC playoff race shakes out.

Nick Chubb

Over/Under: 299.5 total rushing yards in the Ravens-Browns game

Prediction: Under

The 9-3 Browns are coming off one of the best wins in recent franchise history, hammering the Titans 41-35 last week. Baltimore is hoping they can turn things around after winning only two of their previous six outings. The Ravens desperately need this game if they want to keep their playoff dreams alive while the Browns are looking to lock in a playoff berth.

This matchup will feature the top two rushing offenses in the NFL. The Ravens have the number one rushing attack in the league (169 rushing yards per game). Cleveland is right on their heels (pun intended), ranking second in the league at 157.8 yards per game on the ground.

Will these teams maintain their season averages on the ground, or will the opposing coaching staff try to take away the run game? My bet is to take the under in this prop – both sides will focus on the run (which means check Baker Mayfield’s props this weekend as well).

Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs (+155) will be the last team to score a TD in the KC-MIA game

Prediction: No

After starting the year 1-3, the Dolphins have rebounded to win seven of their last eight – all while making multiple changes at the quarterback position. Kansas City, on the other hand, saw their chances at the top seed in the AFC increase dramatically when the Steelers lost to Baltimore. And they have no questions or concerns under center.

Miami is battling for a playoff spot and they’ve shown a lot of heart, but Kansas City’s offense is almost impossible to slow down. While I believe the Chiefs will win this game, I’m betting the Dolphins put points on the board last.

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Preview

Monday, November 23, 2020, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, Florida, 8:15 p.m. ET

Rams at Buccaneers Betting Preview: Rams (+4/-110), Buccaneers (-4/-110)

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams (6-3) have evolved into a standout defensive unit as they head toward the stretch drive of the NFL season. Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald (nine sacks) remains the headliner of a group that ranks second in the NFL in both scoring defense (18.7 points per game) and total defense (296.4 yards per game).

Standout cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey (one interception) and Darious Williams (four picks) are key reasons why the unit is third in passing defense (199.7 yards per game), and the club also rates fifth in rushing defense (96.8 yards per game).

Los Angeles has dropped a notch from its recent glory years on the offensive side of the ball as it ranks just 19th in scoring offense (24.0 points per game). Quarterback Jared Goff has passed for 2,447 yards and 13 touchdowns against six interceptions and will be looking for his third straight 300-yard passing game. Darrell Henderson Jr. (486 rushing yards) and Malcolm Brown (347) are splitting the ball-carrying duties.

The Rams sustained a huge blow when standout left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) was lost for up to eight weeks when he got hurt last week in a 23-16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Joe Noteboom will be the starter against the Bucs and will be charged with softening the loss of the four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers (7-3) will be seeking their fifth win in six games when they welcome the Rams to town. Quarterback Tom Brady is playing well at age 43 and has passed for 2,739 yards, 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his first season with Tampa Bay.

Running back Ronald Jones II (730 rushing yards) has emerged as a force — see his 98-yard scoring run as part of a career-high 192 rushing yards in last week in a 46-23 win over the Carolina Panthers as the latest piece of evidence.

The Buccaneers rank seventh in the NFL in scoring offense (29.6) but also feature a stellar defense that leads the NFL in rushing defense (76.6) and ranks third in total defense (300.3).

Linebacker/defensive end Jason Paul-Pierre (7.5 sacks) is routinely putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks while inside linebackers Devin White (five sacks, team-high 88 tackles) and Lavonte David (73 stops) are enjoying stellar seasons. Carlton Davis (four interceptions) is receiving more mentions as one of the top cornerbacks in the league.

Guard Ali Marpet (concussion) practiced on Thursday and has his sights of playing after missing the previous two games. Tampa Bay also looks to work in Antonio Brown even more this week after the stellar wideout had seven receptions for 69 yards last Sunday.

Rams at Buccaneers Betting Pick for Week 11

Corralling Brady and his slew of pass-catchers that includes Brown, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and tight end Rob Gronkowski will be a good challenge for a Rams unit that has been stellar all season. Los Angeles has allowed 10 or fewer points on three occasions but has been dinged up for an average of 29 points in its three setbacks.

Tampa Bay’s defense might have the easier chore in limiting Goff as well as a Los Angeles running game that doesn’t scare anyone. The Buccaneers spend a lot of time in offensive backfields with White leading the way with 10.5 tackles for loss in addition to his sack output.

Rams at Buccaneers Betting Pick: Buccaneers 24, Rams 19

Rams at Buccaneers Best Bet for Week 11

The teams combined for 95 points, 982 yards and 63 first downs in last season’s meeting at Los Angeles. Expect a much different type of game this time around with both defenses rating among the best in the NFL.

Rams at Buccaneers Best Bet: UNDER 48.5 total points (-114)