The Los Angeles Rams will head into Sunday Night Football riding a four-game winning streak. The Titans vs. Rams matchup seemed destined to be a high-scoring affair, but an unfortunate injury to Derrick Henry has soured that sentiment a bit.
That injury, coupled with the Rams’ addition of Von Miller, has Los Angeles looking like clear favorites. When NFL odds came out for Week 9, the Rams opened as 7.5-point favorites.
One of the main reasons the Rams are so heavily favored is the offense. They’ve been on a roll, and they’ll face a defense that has been unsteady this season.
With that being said, let’s take an in-depth look at how much the Rams should score in this one.
Los Angeles Rams Offense
The trade for Matt Stafford in the offseason was supposed to put the team over the top. So far, it seems to be paying off.
He’s thrown for 2,477 yards and 22 touchdowns to just four interceptions. His passer rating this season is at 118 right now, well above his career mark of 91.1.
His favorite receiver is Cooper Kupp, who already has 924 yards and ten receiving touchdowns, both of which lead the league.
Not far behind him is Darrell Henderson, who has seven touchdowns of his own. Most of his work is done on the ground, where he has 507 yards and five scores.
Their excellent play is a significant reason why the Rams are averaging 30.6 points per game, which is fifth in the NFL. They’ve put up at least 20 points in all eight contests and crossed the 30 point threshold in half of them.
This is without the defense, one of the league’s best, getting a safety or touchdown yet. The Rams also haven’t had a return touchdown on special teams.
Tennessee Titans Defense
Unlike the Rams’ offense, the Titans’ defense hasn’t been dominant. Sure, they held the explosive Chiefs offense to just three points, but that’s an outlier on the year.
They’re giving up 24.4 points per game, which is tied with the Bears and slightly ahead of the Giants, who give up 25.0 a game. I bring those teams up because they profile similarly and have faced the Rams already.
In Los Angeles, as the Titans will be in Week 9, the Rams scored 34 against the Bears. When they later faced the Giants, they scored 38.
Tennessee is better than both of them against the run but worse than both against the pass. The Rams are fourth in the NFL in passing yards per game.
Tennessee is better than both of them against the run, but worse than both against the pass. The Rams are fourth in the NFL in passing yards per game.
They also probably won’t have the advantage of a shorter game that Derrick Henry often provides them. Those extra possessions may have the Titans’ defense exhausted and vulnerable.
What to Expect
Two offenses that average over 30 a game and throw the ball well, the Cardinals and Bills, put up over 30 against the Titans this year. So there’s no reason that a healthy Rams team shouldn’t do the same.
If I had to guess, I would say that the Los Angeles Rams should score 31 points this weekend. Because of that, I would also consider them an excellent candidate for BetMGM’s King of the Weekend promo. Sign up for an account today for your chance to win $50,000.
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