The Las Vegas Raiders (5-7-0) head to Los Angeles to take on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Rams (3-9-0) at SoFi stadium for "Thursday Night Football."
Raiders vs. Rams Odds:
Moneyline: Raiders (-250) | Rams (+205)
Spread: Raiders -4.5 (-110) | Rams +4.5(-118)
Total: 44..5 Over (-110) | Under (-110)
The Los Angeles Rams are a shell of the team they were when they hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in February. Los Angeles currently sits in last place in the NFC East, six games behind the division-leading 49ers. After losing Cooper Kupp in Week 10, the Rams have fallen apart with QB Matthew Stafford and WR Allen Robinson II now also out for the season. RB Darrell Henderson Jr., who had led the team in rushing, was released after Week 11.
Backup quarterback John Wolford has thrown three interceptions to his single touchdown in two starts. Running back Cam Akers is averaging a mere 3.3 yards per carry this season. Los Angeles claimed Baker Mayfield in Week 14 but it's unclear if he’ll be named the starter. The Rams' offense is averaging only 16.8 (29th) points per game this year, and their defense, now likely without Aaron Donald for another week, is allowing 23.2 (22nd).
The Raiders have struggled defensively, but they have been solid offensively, scoring an average of 24.3 points per game (9th) this year. Derek Carr has been able to regularly connect with star wideout Davante Adams, who is on pace for a 1,650-plus-yard season and Josh Jacobs has emerged as an elite bell-cow RB, currently leading the league with 1,303 rushing yards.
Las Vegas’ defense is allowing 24.7 points per game (26th). Most of those points have come through the air, as the Raiders are allowing the third-most passing yards per game, while allowing the seventh-fewest yards per carry. Wolford (or Bryce Perkins or even Mayfield) is not the QB to exploit that deficiency.
Expect Derek Carr and Davante Adams to light it up vs. a Rams defense that has allowed the third-most passing yards per game (238.8) to opponents across the past four games.
The Bet: Raiders -4.5