The NFL is firmly in the playoff home stretch, and Week 12 closes out with a big inter-conference matchup on Monday Night Football. The Los Angeles Rams host the Baltimore Ravens with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. ET and airs on ESPN. The game will also stream on WatchESPN.
The Ravens are 8-2, and need a win to maintain pace with the Patriots for the top seed in the AFC. They’d also like to boost their divisional lead to three games with five weeks remaining. On the other side, the 6-4 Rams need a win to climb to a game back of the Vikings in the wild card race.
We’re here to give you a hand in preparation for the final game of Week 12, considering how to watch the game and what to watch throughout..
Game Time/TV channel/Streaming
It’s an 8:15 p.m. ET start, which means inactives will arrive at 6:45 p.m. The game will air on ESPN. If you prefer streaming, WatchESPN will have a live stream.
Fantasy football start/sit advice
This is a game that should provide a chance for some big fantasy performances. Both defenses are improved with some key acquisitions, but both offenses are sufficiently dynamic that I think we have a fun one. And that means rolling out a host of fantasy football options. Not all of them are must starts, but there’s some good ones to be had.
Decent start: QB Jared Goff, WR Marquise Brown, Ravens D/ST, WR Brandin Cooks, WR Robert Woods, TE Gerald Everett, Rams D/ST
Sit: WR Willie Snead, RB Gus Edwards
Pick against the spread
The Ravens are a field goal favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. The betting public is backing the Ravens in a big way, and does that really surprise anybody? The Rams have won three of their last four, but wins over Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Chicago don’t exactly wow folks. And Lamar is going to continue generating buzz with the betting public.
With that in mind, this is a chance to fade the public. Jared Goff is shaky enough to be concerned, but with Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods both expected to play, he’s got a sizable contingent of weapons at his disposal. More importantly, that Rams defense is stout. I don’t know that they can contain Lamar Jackson, but they’re sufficiently talented that they could make a game of this with him. I’ll take the points.
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