That is the largest week of the season so far for the Rams. They merely have to point out clear enchancment popping out of the bye week, particularly in opposition to a formidable opponent just like the San Francisco 49ers. Amazingly, the Rams can be a playoff participant if the season ended now, however the physique of labor has been disappointing at finest.
With the Chargers on a bye this week, the Rams are the one focus within the Metropolis of Angels and quite a lot of eyes will probably be on this crew going into a giant sport for the current and the long run.
San Francisco 49ers (-1.5, 43) at Los Angeles Rams
Anyone who watched the primary assembly between these two groups on Monday Night time Soccer in Week 4 understands why San Francisco is a highway favourite. The Rams mustered simply 257 yards in that sport and three subject objectives. It wasn’t as huge of a blowout because the 24-9 last would recommend, because the 49ers had a pick-six within the fourth quarter to ice it, however that sport sums up the season to this point.
The Rams are the lowest-scoring crew within the NFC and have barely gained 5 yards per play. Their 13 turnovers are the second most within the league and at 21%, no different crew has turned it over on a better share of possessions than the Rams. In 19 red-zone journeys, the Rams have 9 touchdowns. If the ball doesn’t go to Cooper Kupp, it doesn’t appear to be transferring ahead down the sphere.
Can all of these points be mounted over the course of a single bye week? Most likely not, however Sean McVay’s bunch ought to look higher on this sport with an opportunity to unfold all of the playing cards out on the desk after which shuffle the deck a number of occasions. The issue is that there are two jokers within the deck and the 2 operating backs are pictured.
The NFL has seen a significant downtick in offense this season, due largely to defensive scheme modifications. With the operating sport deemphasized and much more deal with passing the ball, secondaries have lastly made changes to play extra cover-2, cover-3, cCover-4 and different variations of zone. Except a crew is getting elite quarterback play (Chiefs and Payments come to thoughts), groups that run the soccer successfully are having success. Neither Cam Akers nor Darrell Henderson suits that definition for the Rams.
Paradoxically, the 49ers are additionally not operating the ball overly nicely, however they acquired Christian McCaffrey in hopes of fixing that. It wouldn’t be a giant shock if the Rams find yourself as gamers for Kareem Hunt or anyone like Alvin Kamara because the commerce deadline looms, however no assistance is coming from inside. Which means extra emphasis from the protection on Kupp and Tyler Higbee.
It might merely be that there aren’t any options for the Rams with the present state of the roster. Higher offensive line play would actually assist and the substitute for Joe Noteboom has a reasonably low bar to clear as he allowed probably the most pressures within the NFL on the time of his damage, together with 10 in sport in opposition to the 49ers alone. However, that group has been in a state of flux all season.
So, possibly the Rams do look higher. Possibly they do get the offense going. Possibly the protection performs at a better degree with some gentle changes. At this level, although, I’d quite pay to see it. Which means taking the 49ers this week.
Decide: 49ers -1.5
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