There will be an NFC West battle on Monday night when the Los Angeles Rams (7-2) travel north to take on the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium in week ten of the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a bad loss to the Rams on Monday Night football, where they were dominated 28-16 by the Titans. Similarly, the 49ers were pummeled by the Arizona Cardinals at home in the same fashion 31-17.
Both teams got absolutely steamrolled by their opponents last week and will look to get back in the win column Monday night. The Rams won their previous four contests before the Tennessee loss and are playing solid football. Meanwhile, the 49ers have yet to figure things out on offense and defense, proving to be very inconsistent. Be that as it may, this will be an exciting matchup, so let’s dive in and check out how these two teams match up.
San Francisco 49ers Betting Preview: Kyle Shanahan on the Hot Seat
The San Francisco 49ers are coming off one of their worst performances in coach Kyle Shanahan’s tenure, dropping a game to a backup Colt McCoy-led Arizona Cardinals team that was without numerous weapons. There has been plenty of chatter about the coach’s play-calling and inability to win games.
Be that as it may, the line for this game is a lot closer than one would think, and that is because the offense has been more consistent over the last two weeks. The Niners got back-to-back solid performances from Jimmy Garoppolo, who has averaged 324 yards passing over that span. Additionally, the offense got a major boost from George Kittle, who snagged six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
The offense ranks 13th in the league, averaging 365.6 yards per game but managing just 23.6 points per game. The offense also struggles running the ball, averaging a decent 113 yards per game, but gained just 33 against the Cardinals. They should bounce back with running back Jeff Wilson set to return.
The defense played a horrendous game against the Cardinals with costly penalties, poor tackling, while allowing 31 total points to a Cardinal team without Kylar Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, and Chase Edmonds. Although that may be true, defense comes in ranked eighth in the league. The Niners are only allowing 338.1 yards per game but an ugly 131.6 against the run.
Los Angeles Rams Betting Preview: Rams, the Road Warriors
The Rams come into this matchup on the road, having won all four of their road contests this year while averaging 32.3 points per game. The offense has been electric in 2021,
coming into week ten ranked fourth in the league while averaging 400 yards of offense and 29 points per game.
Last time out, however, the Rams were off their game. The Rams got put in the hole early on defense, and Sean McVay called a much more pass-heavy offense. For that reason, Matthew Stafford 48 times, including two interceptions, one of which was picked for a touchdown. It wasn’t all on Stafford as the offensive line was horrific, allowing five sacks on the day, while giving the running backs little room to work.
Defensively, the Rams unit has given up an average of 21.8 points per game while ranking 12th in total defense. The Titans steamrolled the defense last week, allowing 28 points to a Derek Henry-less Titan offense.
Be that as it may, the Rams only allowed 194 yards thanks to some poor positioning from Stafford and the offense. Los Angeles should be getting a nice boost from Von Miller at linebacker, and they’ll hope to get back on track against the Niners.
Betting Lines & Odds
MyBookie opened the line with the Rams as the -4.5 favorite, with the point total set at 48.5.
Moneyline: 49ers +170 | Rams -200
Free Betting Pick
The Rams have everything going for them; they are the better team on paper and have put up the numbers to back it up. Surely, Matthew Stafford and the Rams rushing attack will have no problem moving the ball after watching backups Colt McCoy and James Connor find success. And added a bonus, the All-Pro linebacker Von Miller is expected to suit up across the line of scrimmage, which should cause problems for the 49ers.
Be that as it may, I like the 49ers in this spot. There is just something about the 49ers having their backs up against the wall and the spread being so close that makes me think San Francisco will come close. With Shanahan on the hot seat, this is a must-win for the 49ers right now, and I think they have to pull out all the stops to get this win. That being said, this will be a close one, and with the 49ers playing another game at home, I don’t think they’ll disappoint.