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Sunday afternoon on the NFL gridiron and a pair of teams from the NFC West will mix it up as the San Francisco 49ers pay a visit to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to grapple with the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams won the first meeting by a score of 39-10.
The 49ers enter this contest off a 14-9 home loss to Chicago, while the Rams are off a 31-9 road win over the Cardinals.
Niner Look To Finish On A High Note
The San Francisco 49ers have not had a good season at all and they do come in off a 14-9 home loss to the Chicago Bears, but still, a win in this game will give them their 3rd win in their last four games. That will give the Niners some momentum as they head to the offseason. A win in this one would also help them avoid going 0-8 on the road this year, plus it could keep the Rams from clinching the number two seed in the NFC. That is a lot to play for a Niners team that is just 4-11 on the year.
The offense had been playing well, but last week it ran into that tough Bears defense and all they could muster was the nine points on 279 yards of total offense. Chicago’s defense has done that to many teams this year, just ask the Rams. Nick Mullens threw for 241 yards in the game, but with no TDs and an INT. Mullens has played well since taking over as he has thrown for 1995 yards with 10 TDs and seven INTs in seven games. Matt Brieda is the team’s leading rusher with 814 yards, but he has been hampered by an ankle injury and has rushed for just 76 yards in his last three games played. They could use him in this one, especially against a weak run defense. The Niners held the Bears to just 315 yards of total offense last week, but it will be harder for them this week as the Rams have one of the best offenses in the league.
The 49ers enter this game ranked 16th in the league in total offense (258.5 ypg), 16th in passing (240.2 ypg), 13th in rushing (118.3 ypg) and 23rd in scoring, putting up 20.7 ppg. On defense, they come in ranked 10th in yards allowed (344.6 ypg), 12th against the pass (234.0 ypg), 12th against the run (110.6 ypg) and 24th in points allowed at 25.8 ppg.
Rams Are Still Looking For A 2nd Seed
The Los Angeles Rams have had a strong season so far, but they still have some work to do, and that is grabbing the 2nd seed in the NFC. All the Rams have to do is beat the Niners, and that slot is theirs. They could lose and still grab it, and that is if the Bears lose in Minnesota. Having a first-round bye in the playoffs is huge, so this is a big game for the Rams. They enter this game off a 31-9 road win over the Cardinals but have still lost two of their last three games, so heading to the postseason with some momentum is another motivation for this team.
The Rams put up 54 points on the Chiefs a few weeks ago, but since then the offense has struggled some as they have averaged just 22.5 ppg over their last four games. Los Angeles put up 31 points on the Cards last week and on 461 yards of total offense. CJ Anderson had a monster game against the worst rush defense in the league as he ran for 167 yards and one TD in place of the Injured Todd Gurley, who is questionable for this one. Gurley leads the team in rushing with 1251 yards. The Rams put up 269 yards on the ground against the Cards, but the Niners have a much tougher run defense than the one they faced last week. Jared Goff hit 19/24 passes for 216 yards and a TD against the Cards and has now thrown for 4489 yards with 28 TDs and 12 INTs on the year. His QBR of 99.5 is 10th in the league. The defense played well against the Cards last week as they held them to just 263 yards of total offense and they will hope for similar results this week.
The Rams check in at 2nd in the league in total offense (424.1 ypg), 4th in passing (285.7 ypg), 3rd in rushing (138.4 ypg) and 3rd in scoring, putting up 31.9 ppg. On defense, they come in ranked 16th in yards allowed (356.6 ypg), 13th against the pass (234.4 ypg), 22nd against the run (122.0 ypg) and 17th in points allowed at 23.5 ppg.
Los Angeles is:
- The Over is 5-1 in their last 6 home games
- The Over is 7-3 in their last 10 games in December
San Francisco is:
- 7-18-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the NFC Wes