NFL Preview – San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams

NFL Preview – San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams

NFL Preview – San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams

It’s the mid-way point of the NFL regular season. It’s unreal how quickly the season has passed already but we have four months left of Football. With locker room stability and teams well and truly tooling up their charge to the playoffs, the games will be fantastic for the second half of the season. Following on from our first match-up where we had an NFC North tilt, we’ll be carrying on the trend in this game as these two NFC West teams should engage in a great battle. The St. Louis Rams seek to get back-to-back home wins as they play host to the travelling San Francisco 49ers.

Whilst the -8 spread for the St. Louis Rams is high, their pass rush should cause considerable problems for Colin Kaepernick in the pocket and we think the Rams offence will pick up the pieces. We’re taking the St. Louis Rams -8 at odds of 23/25 with 888 Sport. You can get ‘Treble the Odds’ with your first bet if you click this link or the banner below!

Last week posed an opportunity for the St. Louis Rams to get a much needed win over a Cleveland Browns team who have been playing strong offensively this season. With how mediocre the Rams offence has been thus far, taking the points with the Browns as the underdogs looked good, however the Rams put on a great show, winning by an eventual 18 point margin. This was a win that the Rams needed to stay in contention of this forever tough NFC West division, sitting only two wins behind the leading Arizona Cardinals who have looked pretty sloppy the last two weeks after a fantastic start.

Nick Foles is still trying to win over the St. Louis faithful following a really bad start to his career as a Ram. His performance last week will surely help that. He is completing only 58.5% of his passes 1,119 yards. He has thrown six touchdowns and five interceptions. Todd Gurley continues reaffirming himself as a rookie phenomenom, rushing for 442 yards and 2 touchdowns in his four games this season. The Rams are averaging 121.2 yards on the ground. Kenny Britt, Jared Cook and Tavon Austin have been Foles’ receiving weapons this season, combining for 599 yards and four touchdowns. The defence have allowed an average of 19.8 yards per game and 351.3 yards per game.

The San Francisco 49ers offseason had the potential of being one of the worst in history of NFL offseasons. The defence was pillaged with retirements, free agency being tested and arrests. This team is a shell of the team that Colin Kaepernick led to the Super Bowl two years ago. This has been evident in their play so far this season as they’ve only won two games against the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings. Other games they’ve just been absolutely manhandled. They sit 2-5, bottom of the NFC West and there season is as good as dead. What is interesting is seeing what the result of this team will be next season if they keep putting in bad performances.

Colin Kaepernick hasn’t looked good by any stretch of imagination, but his stats look better than what his play and results suggest. He’s completing 61.4% of his passes for 1,453 yards. He’s thrown six touchdowns and five interceptions. Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis and Torrey Smith are carrying the offensive load for this team, combining for 865 yards and five touchdowns. Carlos Hyde has been leading the committee back ground offence with 470 yards and three touchdowns. The 49ers are averaging 110 running yards a game. San Francisco are allowing on average 25.7 points per game and 406 yards per game.

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The St. Louis Rams rightfully go into this game as the favourites, however they are going to be a massive touchdown, PAT and one more points favourites, which is a big spread to cover. The Rams are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight November games and 3-8 against the spread following an against the spread win. The 49ers are 3-9-1 against the spread in their last 13 games overall and 2-5-1 against their spread in their last eight games following a loss.

It goes without saying that there’s a reason the Rams are the big favourites in this tilt. What is to question is whether eight points is a big deficit for the Rams to cover when you consider how out of sync that offence is. However, what they do have going for them is that they have potentially the best pass rush in the league. I truly believe Kaepernick is good when he isn’t feeling pressure from a pass rush which is exactly what happened against the Raven last week and in week one against the Vikings, they got wins both of those weeks. Whilst I don’t particularly have much faith in Nick Foles to pass his way past this spread, I do have faith in Todd Gurley, the Rams defence and the Rams special teams to get the points on the board. I like the St. Louis Rams to cover the -8 spread in this spot.

Dan Glozier.

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