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NFL Betting Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs. LA Rams

January 7, 2024



The Los Angeles Rams will travel to Santa Clara, California to face the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium with the game kicking off at 4:25 PM ET on Sunday afternoon and will air on Fox in week 18 of the NFL season.



Los Angeles has had a nice bounce-back season following last year’s 5-12 season, the Rams have clinched a spot in the NFC playoffs as they enter this game with a record of 9-7 while having won six of their last seven games and are on a three-game winning streak following last week’s 26-25 win on the road against the New York Giants. 



The Rams have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the league this season as they enter this game averaging 23.94 points per game which ranks 8th in the NFL while also having one of the best rushing offenses as they are averaging 121 rushing yards per game which is the 10th most rushing yards per game in the league. Kyren Williams has had one of the biggest breakout seasons in the league this season and leads the team in rushing with 1,144 yards and 12 touchdowns while adding 32 receptions for 206 yards and three touchdowns. However, Los Angeles has been a slightly below-average team defensively as they are allowing an average of 22.31 points per game. The Los Angeles Rams will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they travel to face the San Francisco 49ers.



The San Francisco 49ers have clinched the 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs as they enter this game with a record of 12-4  and have won seven of their last eight games including last week’s 27-10 win on the road against the Washington Commanders. The 49ers have been an above-average team offensively and defensively as they enter this game averaging the 4th most points per game while allowing the 2nd fewest with an average of 29.44 points while allowing an average of 17.31 points per game. Brock Purdy has also had a phenomenal season in his 2nd season in the NFL as he enters this game having completed 308 of 444 attempts for 4,280 yards with 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while rushing for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The San Francisco 49ers will look to win their eight games in their last nine matchups when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon.



BookMaker has the San Francisco 49ers listed as 4-point favorites at home against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon in week 18 of the NFL season. San Francisco has won nine of the last ten including the previous three meetings while going 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Los Angeles Rams are 9-6-1 ATS overall, 4-3-1 ATS on the road, 3-3-1 ATS as an underdog, and 4-1 ATS in division games this season while the San Francisco 49ers are 9-7 ATS overall, 3-4 ATS at home, 9-7 ATS as a favorite, and 3-2 ATS in division games on the year.



San Francisco enters this game with the better record and has been the dominant team in the series, winning nine of the last ten including the previous three meetings. The 49ers have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. Lay the points with the San Francisco 49ers when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon in week 18 of the NFL season.



Spooky Express Pick: San Francisco 49ers -4