New England Patriots (6-6, 6-6 ATS) at Los Angeles Rams (8-4, 7-5 ATS) COMPLIMENTARY PICK
You can bet that the mad master scientist Bill Belichick will be cooking something up for Rams QB Jared Goff. The issue for the Rams is that Goff is 6th in interceptions with 10 and 4th in fumbles lost with 4.
Thursday nights video game is vital for the Rams too. L.A. now sits atop the NFC West and owns the No. 3 seed in the conference. They can ill manage to lose ground and permit Seattle (8-4) to surpass them for the division lead. The Rams face the Patriots and Jets the next two weeks prior to closing the season with department competitors Seattle and Arizona.
In case you werent paying attention, New England has won four of its last five games. Last weeks success came via a defense and an unique groups system that each produced a touchdown. The Patriots ended up being simply the seventh team in NFL history to have a punt return and an obstructed field objective return for touchdowns in the very same game.
After an unexpected 45-0 win over the L.A. Chargers last week, New England continues its quest for a playoff spot with another journey to the West Coast. This time, its their Super Bowl 53 opponent– the Los Angeles Rams.
New Englands defense has actually been on point recently. They offered up just 170 passing lawns to Kyler Murray in a win over the Cardinals. Recently, they held the Chargers to 70 backyards rushing and 258 total. They likewise sacked novice QB Justin Herbert three times and selected him off two times.
CAMERA THEY OVERCOME?
Newton and the rest of the Patriots offense are going to have to continue their hurrying success versus a really great Rams defense. New England is now third in the NFL in hurrying offense averaging 150.9 yards per game.
Newton threw for less than 85 lawns for the 2nd week in a row. He finished 12-of-19 passes but just for 69 yards. Newton did not toss an interception and was only sacked once. What he did do, nevertheless, was rush 14 times for 48 backyards and score two goals on the ground.
Its clear that Patriots QB Cam Newton has actually underwhelmed for the past 2 weeks. Hes had the ability to get away with it as the defense has increased up, however will the Patriots have the ability to conquer another poor passing performance by their beginning quarterback?
WEST COAST BLUES
Working on a brief week and just having had dipped into SoFi Stadium last week, the Patriots chose to remain in Los Angeles and prevent any travel issues. Usually, teams playing on a Thursday night lose a day of preparation due to take a trip. That wont happen in New Englands case. That offers Belichick three full days to get ready for the Rams.
Belichick is the master of short-rest scenarios too. In their last 11 Thursday night prime-time video games, the Patriots are 10-1 straight up. That might be problem for the Rams, who enter this weeks game as a six-point favorite.
THE CASE FOR THE RAMS
Surprisingly though, L.A. has actually quit 25 points per game in each of its last three. The Rams did, nevertheless, limitation Cardinals QB Kyler Murray to just 173 passing backyards and 15 lawns hurrying on five brings. L.A. likewise held Arizona, the NFLs fourth-ranked rush offense, to just 92 lawns on the ground last week.
The Rams have actually won 3 of their last 4 and when you discuss terrific NFL defenses, the Rams have one. They rank first versus the pass– New Englands weakness– 3rd against the run and second in overall defense. They are also 5th in scoring defense quiting simply 20.3 points per game.
THE CASE AGAINST THE RAMS
Miami is ranked 2nd behind Pittsburgh in scoring defense offering up just 17.7 points per video game. The 49ers rank in top-10 versus both the pass and the run and are sixth in the NFL in total defense (326.3 yards per game).
Of the Rams 4 losses, 3 are to teams with one thing in common– strong defenses. The Rams lost two times to San Francisco and lost to the Dolphins in Miami. When playing teams that have quality defenses, its no trick that Los Angeles has had a hard time.
POINT SPREAD AND TOTAL
The Rams are favored by -6 at leading sportsbooks. The overall is resting at 44.
Thursday nights video game is critical for the Rams. The Rams deal with the Patriots and Jets the next two weeks prior to closing the season with department rivals Seattle and Arizona.
The Rams have actually won three of their last 4 and when you talk about terrific NFL defenses, the Rams have one.
Newton and the rest of the Patriots offense are going to have to continue their rushing success versus a very great Rams defense. That could be bad news for the Rams, who enter this weeks video game as a six-point favorite.