Week 13 just ended a couple days ago in the NFL and we are already at the start of Week 14, with the New England Patriots taking on the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. The game will be simulcasted on FOX and NFL Network, live stream on Amazon Prime, and is scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. ET.
The Patriots (6-6) are currently riding a two-game winning streak, after dismantling the Los Angeles Chargers 45-0 last week. New England got a huge performance from their defense and special teams, which provided three touchdowns. The Pats will need this same type of effort against the Rams as they try to keep pace in the AFC playoff race.
As for the Rams (8-5), they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 38-28 last week, winning their third game in the last four weeks. Against the Cardinals, fifth-year quarterback Jared Goff completed 37-of-47 passes for 351 yards and a touchdown. Goff also got help from the running game, which produced 119 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie running back Cam Akers led the way with 72 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown.
With that being said, where are the bettors placing their money to begin Week 14? Let’s discuss it below! All the odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Rams are favored by 4.5 points heading into this Thursday night football matchup, where they can take sole possession of first place in the NFC West with a win. It seems as if the public is siding with Los Angeles too as they are receiving 52% of the bets and 59% of the handle.
Is the public right? Yes, it is hard to not like the Rams, who have been playing good football this season and particularly as of late. After their blip on the road against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8, they turned around and beat the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Cardinals last week. Los Angeles’ only lost between those wins happened in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Patriots’ will not be a pushover and should take this game down to the last few minutes in the fourth quarter. But I expect the Rams defense to be the main factor in covering this spread.
The point total for this Thursday night contest is set at 44. As of now, 55% of the bets are siding with the over, along with 50% of the handle.
Is the public right? It is very telling that handle is split 50/50 between the over and under for this game. The Rams’ offense is coming into this game, averaging 25.1 points per game, while the New England Patriots’ offense is right behind them with 22.8 points a game.
Then, when you take a look at both teams’ defenses, their numbers are identical with LA only giving up 20.3 points and the Pats allowing 21.3 points a game. To answer the question, nope they aren’t right. These are two fundamentally defenses that make you work to move up the field and has stellar defensive players.
The Rams have moneyline odds of -245, with the Ravens’ odds coming in at +195. Of the moneyline bets placed for this game, Pittsburgh is seeing 53% of the bets and 56% of the handle.
Is the public right? Both teams have a solid record straight as the Rams are 9-4 in their last 13 games, while the Patriots are 4-1 in their last five games. Last week, the Pats were 2.5-1.5-point underdogs to the Chargers and covered that spread with ease. That being said, I can’t see them winning tonight because I think the Rams have the better receivers and defensive line, led by Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Aaron Donald.
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