An NFC West battle will conclude the Saturday NFL tripleheader when the Los Angeles Rams visit the San Francisco 49ers.
With a golden opportunity to advance in their quest for a playoff return against the Cowboys last week, everything went wrong for the Rams. They were dominated right from the outset, with their defense absolutely letting them down while Jared Goff never really got things going. The Rams were playing from behind the whole time, so nothing Todd Gurley did would truly make a difference. They have a slim chance at making the postseason, but things are looking bleak.
San Francisco may end up as a rare case of a team being undefeated the longest, and yet still not winning its division. Seattle is currently atop the NFC West, and San Fran’s 11-3 record is only good enough to get them into a road game during Wild Card weekend. So, we’ll have to see what they have in store for this contest, as they are seriously in need of a win. It is rare for a team as good as them to have such a tight divisional battle.
The 49ers are 6.5-point favorites, with the over/under set at 45.
Rams Try To Stay Alive
This season has been a major letdown for Goff, whose big contract extension is still yet to kick in. The 2016 No. 1 pick had such success under Sean McVay from the start and has already reached a Super Bowl, so they decided to give him a long-term deal.
It is a worse version of what Jacksonville did after Blake Bortles shockingly got them to the AFC Championship. Bortles got a three-year extension, with a team option for year three, and he failed to reach the postseason again after that super season, actually getting benched the following year.
Do not expect Goff to be benched amidst a run and an 8-6 record, but he has to be better.
Jalen Ramsey and Dante Fowler are known for being tremendous playmakers, along with the real star Aaron Donald. They have no excuses that can be made for their play, but boy, do they have to be better.
49ers Look For Home Win
In a rare version of football under the lights on a Saturday, San Francisco will be looking to pick up a win. The 49ers have a deep team, and the running back room is as crowded as any other team’s backfield. Raheem Mostert has taken the reins and is gaining big yardage on each and every carry.
The 49ers are second in points for and fifth in points against, really tearing it up in both categories. Their loss to Atlanta was a complete surprise and a game that may ultimately cost them playoff seeding. If the 49ers can win here, they face Seattle in Week 17 for the division.
San Francisco’s defense will need to make sure to keep Cooper Kupp struggling and unable to perform well. That’s the big key.
49ers Win A Close One
A win is coming to the 49ers Saturday night. Watch out for Jimmy Garoppolo, who is ready to go off.
Free Play: SF -6.5
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