NFL LA Rams vs San Francisco 49ers Prediction
The Rams have had a 12-year playoff drought and it won’t end this season. They will more likely be competing with the San Francisco 49ers for the worst quarterback tandem in the NFL this season. For the San Francisco 49ers, after three straight trips to NFC championship game and one Super Bowl appearance under Jim Harbaugh from 2011-13, the collapse is almost complete. New head coach Chip Kelly will get a shot at turning around the 49ers and his own failed legacy with the Philadelphia Eagles. After winning 10 games in each of first two seasons with Eagles, Kelly was fired after going 6-9 last year. However, as much as I laugh at Chip Kelly getting another shot, Jeff Fisher should have been run out of the NFL years ago. But, I am here to make football betting predictions so lets get on to my Rams vs 49ers pick.
Los Angeles vs San Francisco Odds, Totals, Time
When: 10:20 PM ET, Monday, September 12, 2016
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Betting Spread: 49ers +3
About Los Angeles Rams (6-10)
Case Keenum will be the team’s quarterback to start the season and he has not played more than eight games in a season in his three years in the league. In preseason he looked decent, completing 18 of his 24 passes with one touchdown and zero interceptions. The Rams offense will revolve around running back Todd Gurley who had a tremendous rookie season averaging 4.8 yards per carry. The Rams mortgaged their future to get Goff with No. 1 overall pick, and they made almost no personnel additions beyond draft choices. The receiving corps is below average with Tavon Austin the best of a mediocre bunch. The offensive line is a below average unit. Really not much here if they can’t get Gurley going the offense is sunk.
The strength of the team is the defensive line with Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and Will Hayes The linebackers and defensive backs are nothing to fear for the better offenses in the league. They might look decent in this game for no other reason than they have a chance to go up against one of the worst offenses in the NFL.
Last season the Rams only averaged 17.9 points per game, ranking them down at 29th in the NFL, and it’s hard to see their offense making any improvement this season. The Rams limited opponents to 20.6 points per game, last season ranking them 13th in the NFL. Against the spread last season the Rams went 7-8 overall. On the road they were 2-5, against division opponents 4-2. The over under results show how pathetic this offense was with the over covering at 4-12.
Los Angeles Rams Betting Trends
Los Angeles is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles’s last 7 games
Los Angeles is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The Rams are 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Los Angeles is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles’s last 5 games when playing San Francisco
Los Angeles is 4-11-1 SU in its last 16 games ,when playing San Francisco
Los Angeles is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing San Francisco
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles’s last 5 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
Los Angeles is 1-6-1 SU in its last 8 games ,when playing on the road against San Francisco
Los Angeles is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
About San Francisco 49ers (4-12)
The 49ers don’t have an offense. The top player is Torrey Smith who had a pathetic 663 yards and four touchdowns last season. The quarterback situation is a joke. Colin Kaepernick just has not developed or shown he has an interest in developing into a top quarterback. Blaine Gabbert is a servicable backup but by no means should he be a starter in the NFL.
The defense is the strength of the team but that is only because the offense is so bad. The front seven should be decent with first-round picks Arik Armstead and Buckner on line and linebacker NaVorro Bowman. The secondary is led by Eric Reed who had 71 tackles last season.
The San Francisco 49ers will try to improve on a pathetic offensive output from 2015, and when you only average 14.9 points per game it shouldn’t take much to improve this team. On defense they ranked 18th by giving up an average of 24 points per game. To give you an idea of how bad the offense was, here are the NFL rankings; scoring 32nd, yards per game 31st, passing yards per game 29th. What did they do to improve this? Nothing but bring in a new coach who will run three and outs at a faster pace.
San Francisco 49ers Betting Trends
San Francisco is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Francisco’s last 10 games
San Francisco is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 5 games at home
San Francisco is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco’s last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
San Francisco11-4-1 SU in its last 16 games when playing Los Angeles
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Francisco’s last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
San Francisco6-1-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
HEAD TO HEAD SUMMARY
Rams vs 49ers Prediction
Why is this crappy game on Monday Night Football to start the season? It might be a close game because both teams have such equally crappy talent that neither one will be able to score enough to pull away. I know, the Rams are back in Los Angeles and this is a division rival. But, do you really want to put two of the worst offensive teams in the NFL on prime time? If it wasn’t for some true die hard fans and gambling (I include fantasy football in gambling) there would be no one watching this game. But, I am a gambler so I will be watching. Nope, I will bet on the game but I have a lot better things to do than watch this game. So, lets get to the betting. I am just betting on the best unit on the field in this game and that will be the Rams offense. They will have the best player in Gurley and with that comes the opportunity to just keep feeding him the ball until the 49ers will be set up for the play action passing. I will make my bet then go out to dinner or a movie and check the score on my phone but there is no way I am wasting my time with this game.