Rams vs. Lions Prediction
Can the Detroit Lions find a way to hold off the Los Angeles Rams when they meet up in Detroit today at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Lions are the slight favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Rams. The over/under total for the game is listed at 43.5 points. The home team has won six straight in this series, but the Rams are 4-1 against the spread in their last five against the Lions.
The Lions are coming off a 24-23 win over the previously unbeaten Eagles last week. Detroit is now 2-3 on the season 2-3 against the spread, covering in both wins. The Lions are usually known for strong offense, but the group is averaging only 23.8 points and 365.4 yards per game this season. The defense is giving up 25 points and 388.4 yards per game. Injuries have been piling up for Detroit this year as defensive end Ezekiel Ansah is questionable with an ankle injury while DT Haloti Ngata is out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury. On offense, tight end Eric Ebron is out with a knee injury while running back Theo Riddick is listed as questionable, but hasn’t practiced all week. The team will be relying heavily on Matthew Stafford, who has thrown for 1,378 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He has went to Marvin Jones often, who has caught 27 passes for 519 yards and three scores. When it comes to a run game, Detroit may find itself turning to newly acquired Justin Forsett, who was let go by the Ravens last week.
The Rams had their three-game win streak snapped last Sunday in a 30-19 loss to the Bills in Los Angeles. The Rams are now 3-2 overall and 3-2 against the spread this season. The offense continues to be the issue for the Rams, as the unit is only averaging 16.4 points per game. Case Keenum has thrown for 1,096 yards and four TDs this season, but also has five interceptions. Todd Gurley continues to struggle somewhat, as he has run for 288 yards and three touchdowns. The Rams have a respectable defense, though the unit is giving up 21.2 points and 377.8 yards per game. The group has a couple of injuries along the line as Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers are both questionable for Sunday’s contest. One lineman that is healthy is Aaron Donald, who had three sacks against the Lions last season.
This is another classic spot for the Lions. Last week the team picked up a win over a team nobody expected them to beat. Now, with expectations raised against a Rams team that doesn’t seem to be as good as their record indicates, the Lions tend to have a letdown. The L.A. defensive front should pose problems for the Detroit O-line, which has struggled to keep Stafford clean this season. Also, without much of a run game to turn to, the Rams can focus on rushing Stafford and creating turnovers. Look for Detroit to disappoint at home today.
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