NFL Betting Preview Lions vs. Rams

The 0-6 Detroit Lions will travel to Los Angeles to take on the 5-1 Rams in an NFC week seven battle at SoFi Stadium. The Detroit Lions dropped their sixth straight game after being defeated by the Bengals at home 34-11. Conversely, the Rams come into this matchup having demolished the New York Giants on the road 38-11.

These teams seem to be headed in opposite directions as the Lions are searching for their first win, while the Rams are fighting for a championship. This will be an exciting game with a reunion between Jared Goff and the Rams. Will Sean McVay run up the score? Can the Lions squeak a win? Let’s dive into this matchup and find out

Detroit Lions Betting Preview: Revenge Game for Jared Goff

The Detroit Lions were outplayed on every level last Sunday and let the Bengals walk all over them with no fight. The Lions looked miserable on both sides of the ball but particularly on offense. 

Detroit does have some injury issues and a talent deficit, but at a certain point, the quarterback needs to step up and overcome those issues if they are the guy. Jared Goff has not been that guy recently. In the first quarter, the offense recorded one net yard and was shut out in the first half for the third time in their last four weeks. 

Goff would love to have a revenge game here, and perhaps no one knows that defense better than him. But in his last two games, Goff has recorded zero touchdowns, two interceptions, and a 66 passer rating. That’s just not going to cut it, and rumors are swirling of Dan Campbell benching the QB. 

The defense tried their best to hold off a young, dynamic offense, including just 10 points in the first half. However, the Bengals came out swinging, scoring on their first two possessions of the second half en route to totaling 420 yards of offense. 

The Detroit defense now ranks 25th in the league, allows 28.7 points per game, and has a tough matchup against a high-powered Rams offense.

Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview: Rams Continue to Light up Opposing Defenses

The Rams, on the other hand, remain one of the best teams in the NFC. In their 27 point victory over the Giants, Matthew Stanford carved the secondary for four touchdowns, while running back Darrell Henderson rushed for one more. 

With two straight victories, the offense is now ranked 8th in total yards and averages 401 yards and 30 points per game. Cooper Kupp has been a monster this season and Stafford’s top target. The receiver has reeled in 46 passes for 653 yards and seven touchdowns. They should have no problem picking apart the league’s 25th ranked defense.

Since their defeat in week five to the Cardinals, the defense has significantly responded, giving up just 28 points in their last two games and picking off five balls in the process. The Rams also recorded five sacks against the Giants and should have a field day against a weak Lion offensive line.

Betting Lines & Odds

Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Rams as the -15 home favorite, and the total is set at 50.5 points. 

Free Betting Pick

This will be a revenge game for Jared Goff, and you can bet Goff is working tirelessly to prepare himself against a nasty Rams defense, hoping to keep pace with a potent Ram offense. The problem is the Lions just aren’t that good. They couldn’t get anything going against the Bengals, and now they’ll face one of the NFL’s best on the road.

Moreover, Sean McVay and the Rams front office traded two first-round picks and a third-rounder to get rid of Goff and sign his replacement. I expect McVay and the Rams to absolutely run it up against Goff, while the defense will be licking their chops to get a run at him and put him on the ground. 

BetUSASports Free Pick: Rams -15

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