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Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers Prediction,
and Odds - 10-18-2020

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#273 Los Angeles
Rams -3
#274 San Francisco
49ers 3

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:20pm

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We have an NFC West matchup to consider for Sunday night when the Los Angeles Rams (4-1) meet the San Francisco 49ers (2-3). The Rams enter this contest second in the division and coming off a 30-10 road win over the Washington Football Team. San Francisco is last in the NFC West and lost a home game last week to the Miami Dolphins by a score of 43-17.

(Injury updates and line movements are updated as of Sunday Morning.)

Line Movements:

The line has shifted rather sharply in this contest. San Francisco opened as a three-point favorite but as of Monday morning, the line has moved to the Rams being favored by a field goal. 55 percent of the picks ATS are backing the Rams giving the points.

With the total, the number originally opened up at 49 points and it has climbed somewhat all week. It has moved to 51.5 points, though a couple of sportsbooks have it at 52 points. The bets on the total have been at 70% on the Over.

Game-time Weather: The temperature at kickoff is expected to be right around 80 degrees and will drop into the high-60s during the contest. At kickoff, mostly sunny skies are expected with no rain in the forecast for this contest. That changes quickly as by 2 pm ET, there is nearly a 70 percent chance of rain as the remnants of Hurricane Delta are expected to blow through the area. Winds are projected to come from the northwest at five to seven miles an hour with the wind gusts remaining under 10 miles an hour.

Rams Two Game Winning Streak

The Rams moved to 4-1 with a solid victory over Washington. QuarterbackJared Goffthrew for 309 yards with a pair of touchdowns, and running backCam Akersrushed for 90 yards to lead Los Angeles. They now face an injury-riddled 49ers football team in San Francisco.

Los Angeles averages 274.4 passing yards per game, and Goff has been good, completing 109-of-152 passes for 1372 yards with eight touchdowns alongside three interceptions. Goff has been sacked seven times and has rushed for an additional 29 yards with two touchdowns.

Five Rams have at least 100 receiving yards this season. Cooper Kupp leads the way with 28 receptions for 363 yards with two touchdowns. Robert Woods has 23 catches for 300 yards with two touchdowns and Tyler Higbee 15 receptions with a team-high three touchdowns this season.

Los Angeles averages 139.6 rushing yards per game, and running back Darrell Henderson Jr leads the way with 260 yards with three touchdowns on 58 attempts. Malcolm Brown has 213 yards on 53 attempts, and Akers has rushed for 113 yards with a touchdown on 26 attempts.

The Rams allow an average of 18 points with 330 total yards of offense per contest. The defense allows an average of 224 passing and 106 rushing yards alongside 20 sacks with three interceptions this season.

Injury Report:

OUT: G Chandler Brewer, S Jordan Fuller, LB Travin Howard, LB Justin Lawler, OL Joe Noteboom, LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DT A'Shawn Robinson

49ers Two Game Losing Streak

The 49ers were down 30-10 at halftime and never could get anything going on offense in a 43-17 home loss to Miami. 49ers quarterbackJimmy Garopolaleft the game after the first half and is listed as questionable for this tilt.C.J. Beathardcame in for Garoppolo and threw for 94 yards with a touchdown to lead San Francisco.

Garoppolo is likely starting this game and has completed 40-66 passes for 614 yards with a pair of touchdowns and three interceptions. The 49ers signal-caller has been sacked eight times this season and has scampered for an additional nine yards this season.

Five 49ers have at least 100 receiving yards this season. Leading the way is tight end George Kittle with 23 receptions for 271 yards with a touchdown. Kendrick Bourne has 15 catches for 227 yards with a touchdown, and Brandon Aiyuk has a dozen catches for 153 yards this season.

San Francisco rushes for an average of 129 yards per contest, and running back Raheem Mostert leads the way with 238 yards with a touchdown on 34 attempts. Jerrick McKinnon has rushed for 193 yards with three touchdowns on 35 carries this season.

The 49ers defense allows an average of 22.8 points and 333 yards of total offense per contest. The defense allows an average of 226 passing and 107 rushing yards per game alongside ten sacks and three interceptions this season.

Injury Report:

OUT: LB Kwon Alexander, DE Ziggy Ansah, WR Tavon Austin, WR Travis Benjamin, DL Ronald Blair III, DL Nick Bosa, OL Jake Brendel, T Shon Coleman, RB Tevin Coleman, DL Dee Ford, WR Jalen Hurd, CB Dontae Johnson, LB Mark Nzeocha, TE Jordan Reed, C Weston Richburg, CB Richard Sherman, DL Jullian Taylor, DL Solomon Thomas, WR Chris Thompson, CB K'Waun Williams

Questionable: S Marcell Harris, WR Richie James, WR Dante Pettis, CB Ken Webster, RB Jeff Wilson Jr.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

San Francisco opened as a three-point favorite, and that line has now moved to the Rams -3 points. These are two teams trending in the opposite direction, and the 49ers are an injury-riddled team looking for their first home win of the season. The Rams offense has been good, but the defense has been better, and I expect them to chase Garopolo all over the field on Sunday night. I will lay the points and take the Rams in this contest.

Prediction: Rams -3

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Full-Game Total Pick

Vegas posted a 49.5 point total, and that number has now moved to 50.5 points in most Vegas shops. The Dolphins nearly scored 50 points against the 49ers, and I expect the Rams to do close to the same thing. The 49ers are banged up on defense, and the Rams will exploit them throughout the contest. The 49ers offense has struggled this season, but they will find a way to score a couple of touchdowns. I will play the OVER in this contest.

Prediction: Over 51.5

Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

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