Last Updated Dec 09, 2022, 12:31 PM
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams Picks, Predictions, Odds
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Week 14 of the NFL season will kick things off on Thursday night with a non-conference battle between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Rams. Coverage begins from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood at 8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS vs. LOS ANGELES RAMS BETTING PREDICTION
The Raiders entered the season with sky high expectations after adding All-Pro wideout Davante Adams to a squad that made the playoffs with a record of 10-7 the year prior.
However, things didn’t exactly go as planned out of the gate, as the Raiders stumbled out to a miserable 2-7 start to the season, while averaging a modest 22.6 PPG on the offensive side of the script during that timeframe. But it wasn’t quite enough to overcome their defense surrendering 25.1 PPG on the other side of the ball.
They’ve bounced back in admirable fashion over the last few weeks, though, as the Raiders enter Thursday following consecutive victories over the Broncos, Seahawks, and Chargers, highlighted by their defense allowing 20 PTS or less in two of those affairs.
The Raiders clearly can’t be counted on for such a high level of defensive play on a consistent basis, as unfortunately, they can’t play against Denver and L. A. every week. But the Raiders could become very dangerous if their defense starts to pull its weight alongside an offensive attack that ranks Top 10 in the league in both scoring and total yardage (24.3 PPG, 367 YPG).
On the other hand, the Rams are down for the count at a surprisingly early part of the season, as the defending Super Bowl champs enter Thursday riding an ugly six-game losing streak, bringing their record down to 3-9 on the year. And at this point, Sean McVay seems content waving the white flag with Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Aaron Donald all sidelined, with no concrete timetable for return.
The Rams have now scored 20 PTS or less in five of their last six games, resulting in an average of 16.2 PPG across their latest stretch. However, it’s tough to blame their offense when they’ve completely fallen apart on the defensive side of the ball as well, highlighted by L. A.’s defense allowing a lofty average of 25.7 PPG across those six affairs.
The clock is winding down for Josh McDaniels’ squad, and the Raiders still need to make up two games’ worth of ground in the Wild Card standings in order to contend for a postseason berth. So, I’ll back Vegas to handle business in what’s become a must-win situation for the Raiders on Thursday night, especially staring down the barrel of tough matchups against Kansas City, San Francisco, and New England in weeks to come.
Score Prediction: Raiders 27, Rams 17
Best Bet: Raiders -6 (-110)
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS vs. LOS ANGELES RAMS BETTING ODDS
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS vs. LOS ANGELES RAMS BETTING RESOURCES
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022
Matchup: AFC West vs. NFC West
Venue: SoFi Stadium
Location: Inglewood, California
Time-TV: Amazon Prime, 8:15 p.m. ET
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS BETTING ANALYSIS
The Raiders posted an incredibly frustrating start to Josh McDaniels’ first campaign at the helm, as Vegas lost seven-of-nine games to open the season, with four of those losses coming by slim margins of five points or less, primarily stemming from their defense allowing a lofty average of 25.1 PPG during that timeframe.
Early in the season, the Raiders thought they could sling the ball around the yard with their newly acquired weaponry like Kansas City or Buffalo. But clearly, this squad isn’t built for that, as the Raiders rushed for 80 YPG and turned the ball over five times across an 0-3 skid to kick off the season, with Derek Carr attempting roughly 40 passes per game in those contests.
However, the Raiders’ rushing attack has been full steam ahead the last few weeks, and it looks like Vegas is finally back in business, highlighted by Josh Jacobs and co. rushing for 182 YPG across their latest three-game win streak, with all three of those victories coming by margins of 6+ points.
LOS ANGELES RAMS BETTING ANALYSIS
The Raiders are at their best when their ground game is churning. So, at least that notion plays to L. A.’s favor, as the Rams currently rank fourth in the league in yards allowed per rush attempt at 3.9 YPA, likely forcing Vegas to lean on its passing attack more like they did earlier in the season.
However, leaning on the pass shouldn’t be an issue against an L. A. secondary that ranks 22nd in the league in passing yards allowed per game and 23rd in yards per attempt. And even if they struggle a little bit, it shouldn’t take much to outlast this Rams’ squad that’s scored 17 PTS or less in six of their last nine games (15.6 PPG).
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS vs. LOS ANGELES RAMS BETTING TRENDS
- The Raiders are 6-3 ATS in their last nine games.
- The total has gone UNDER in four of Las Vegas' last six games.
- The Rams are 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games.
- The total has gone OVER in four of the Rams' last six games.
- The Rams are 0-6 SU in their last six games.
- The total has gone UNDER in four of the Rams' last five games against Las Vegas.
- The Rams are 1-4 SU in their last five home games.
- The Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against the Rams.
- The Raiders are 1-4 SU in their last five games against the Rams.
- The Raiders are 2-6 SU in their last eight road games.