Los Angeles Looking to Play Spoiler
Thursday Night Football will be a matchup of what could have been. The Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Rams entered the season as potential playoff contenders with Super Bowl hopes. Through 13 weeks of play, both teams hold losing records.
The Raiders (5-7) have made progress after winning three consecutive games while going 3-0 against the spread (ATS). The Rams (3-9) cannot say the same as they have lost six straight. Las Vegas must win out to have a chance at the playoffs. Will Los Angeles officially slam the door shut on the Raiders’ postseason hopes?
Raiders vs Rams Betting Lines
Las Vegas Alive in Playoff Race?
The Las Vegas Raiders have quietly amassed a three-game win streak, including wins over the Seattle Seahawks (40-34) and Los Angeles Chargers (27-20). Making the playoffs remains an outside shot. Las Vegas can only lose one more game, at the most. But the Raiders are mathematically still alive and will be fighting for the postseason on Thursday Night Football.
Las Vegas is averaging 29.7 points during the winning streak thanks to the play of running back Josh Jacobs and wide receiver Davante Adams. Jacobs has reached 100 rushing yards in three straight and has recorded at least 140 rushing in back-to-back games. Adams has totaled at least 120 receiving yards in four of the last five. He had his best game yet against the Chargers in Week 13 with 177 yards and two touchdowns. Jacobs and Adams are intriguing prop bets against the Rams’ 21st-ranked defense.
The clicking offense could get wideout Hunter Renfrow (ribs) and tight end Darren Waller (hamstring) back rather soon, as both are eligible to come back from the injured reserve list this week.
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Los Angeles has Lost its Luster
At 3-9, the Los Angeles Rams are having one of the worst Super Bowl hangovers we have ever seen. This is up there with the then-named Oakland Raiders going 4-12 after appearing in Super Bowl XXXVII. Except Los Angeles’ hangover is even worse since it won the championship last season, unlike the 2002-03 Raiders.
The Rams played close with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday but lost 27-23. Los Angeles’ quarterback play is too bad right now with Matt Stafford sidelined. John Walford recorded a 43.4 passer rating with two interceptions. The Rams need to start Bryce Perkins, who has more to offer with his dual-threat ability.
Injuries have been a big reason for the horrendous season. Stafford is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a spine injury. Plus, top wideouts Cooper Kupp (ankle) and Allen Robinson II (foot) could miss the remaining five games. To make matters worse, star defensive tackle Aaron Donald (ankle) will likely miss the next two games.
Raiders vs Rams Game Injuries
Raiders vs Rams Head-to-Head
Since the Raiders moved to Las Vegas, the two have yet to play. Also, the Rams are 1-0 against the Raiders since relocating to Los Angeles. The Rams are 4-1 in the last five matchups and 4-0 ATS in the last four.
Raiders vs Rams Game Information
- Game: Raiders vs Rams
- Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 8, 8:15 p.m. ET
- Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
- Raiders vs Rams Live stream: NFL Game Pass
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Raiders vs Rams Game Weather Conditions
While SoFi stadium has a roof, the sides are open, meaning high winds can be a factor. However, that will not be a worry on Thursday night as winds are expected to stay around 6 mph.
Raiders vs Rams Game Picks & Prediction
Predicted Score: Raiders 27, Rams 20
- Worth Betting on the Moneyline?
Any game with the Rams involved right now is not worth betting on the moneyline. Los Angeles has lost six straight and eight of the last nine. Plus, the injuries keep coming, making the Rams a big underdog. The Raiders will likely win outright with -240 odds, but higher profits can be won elsewhere.
- Worth Betting on ATS?
Look for Las Vegas to cover its fourth consecutive game and third straight on the road. The Rams’ offense, which ranks 29th in points per game, does not have enough to keep up. While Los Angeles is fourth in run defense, it is 22nd in pass defense and the Raiders are ninth in passing yards per game. Adams is poised for another big game.
- Worth Betting on the Totals?
Go for the over. Despite the Rams’ struggling offense, they have reached at least 20 points in two of the last three games. Plus, the Raiders rank 26th in allowed points per game. Los Angeles will score enough, and Las Vegas’ offense has a favorable matchup.