The San Francisco 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football. Today’s free one will be a Rams 49ers pick.
These two NFC West rivals are very familiar with each other. The head-to-head series has been close in recent years. Since 2017, these teams have gone 3-3 straight-up against each other.
They’ve gone 3-3 ATS in those six games and four of those games have gone over the total.
Game: Los Angeles Rams (4-1, 3-2 ATS) vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-3, 2-3 ATS)
When: 8:20 PM ET, Sunday, October 18th, 2020
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Current Line: SF +3 Total: 51.5
TV Coverage: NBC
The Rams come into this game as a -3 (+100) favorite on the road. Action has been relatively split on this match-up with about 57% of the bets coming in on the Rams to cover against the spread.
The over/under is 51.5 points, but won’t be today’s Rams 49ers pick. In the last ten H2H meetings between these two teams, the total has only been 50+ points once, but I wouldn’t recommend betting the under.
Betting Preview – LAR @ SF
Los Angeles are in 2nd place in the NFC West with a 4-1 record. They lost on the road to the Bills (35-32) in week 3, but have wins against the Cowboys, Eagles, Giants and Washington.
The Rams have already picked up a win against every NFC East team.
San Francisco have struggled to open the season. They opened the season with a loss to Arizona (24-20), defeated the Jets and Giants, then lost to the Eagles and Dolphins.
The two most recent losses are concerning, as those are games the 49ers should be winning.
SF have had to deal with some injuries, but both teams are healthy this week at the skill positions.
Jimmy Garoppolo is starting tonight, but he only has 4 TD passes and 2 INTs in three games. Apart from TE George Kittle, the 49ers also lack receiving options.
The team’s leading WR is Kendrick Bourne and he only has 15 receptions for 227 yards in five games.
Rams 49ers Free Pick
Defensively, both of these teams are strong. The Rams rank #2 in passing yards allowed (197.8 PYPG) and the 49ers rank #3 in passing yards allowed (215.6 PYPG). The Rams only allow 18.0 PPG (3rd) and the 49ers allow 22.8 PPG (11th). Both teams also rank in the top 10 in rushing defense.
With defenses being comparable, this game will come down to what offense produces.
The Rams have Jared Goff who has thrown for 1372 yards (8 TDs / 3 INTs). Cooper Kupp (363 yards) and Robert Woods (300 yards) provide a nice one-two punch at WR.
At the end of the day, the Rams will win and cover against the spread.
The Rams are 2-1 on the road and the 49ers are 0-3 at home. The 49ers are known to be a great home team, but that hasn’t been the case without fans. Take the Rams.
Rams 49ers Pick: Los Angeles Rams -3 (+100) at America’s Bookie
Free Pick By Scott Jack