San Francisco (1-2) vs. St. Louis Rams (1-2), at St. Louis
Kickoff: Thursday, September 26th at 8:25PM Eastern
Line: San Francisco -3 Total: 42
When the St. Louis Rams host the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, both teams will be trying to rebound from losses. The Rams have had a difficult time moving the ball forward on the ground, or sharing it in the air with their young wide receivers. Quarterback Sam Bradford has struggled to be consistent since his first days in the NFL. His first target in this contest may be tight end Jared Cook. NFL analysts at leading online sportsbooks are saying if the same St. Louis defense that has given the 49ers trouble shows up, the Rams could win this one. But the 49ers still get the edge from online oddsmakers. At YouWager, the Rams are currently 3 point underdogs.
There is a revenge factor: San Francisco wants payback. In the 2012 NFL football wagering season, the 49ers were defeated, and tied by the Rams. If the 49ers don’t want head coach Jim Harbaugh to blow a gasket, with a 1-3 start for this season, quarterback Colin Kaepernick will need to show improvement in both his passing and running. San Francisco’s defense couldn’t halt ground games in their last two matchups. Internet experts expect to see running back Frank Gore get a lot of action. St. Louis allowed the Dallas Cowboys to gain 175 yards on the ground in that loss.
But San Francisco has problems. Big problems. After two losses in a row, the team is looking weak with Patrick Willis injured and Aldon Smith still recovering. And their defense is allowing opponents to claim as much as 138 yards per game on the ground. This puts them at 29th in the NFL. The 49ers allowed the Colts to carry the ball 39 times for 179 yards.
St. Louis has not been performing well so far, but they have reasons for to hope for a better season. Quarterback Sam Bradford may be getting a handle on that inconsistency issue. Bradford leads the National Football League with 88 completions right now. The Rams have done quite well in this series of late, too. St. Louis won and tied with San Francisco last year, and wagering trends seem to point out San Francisco’s issues.
San Francisco is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last 8 road games versus a team with a losing home record, and they are 1-5 against the spread in their last 6 games after a loss of more than 14 points. St. Louis is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game. The San Francisco 49ers are 3 point favorites at YouWager. The Total is 42. Game time on Thursday night is 8:25PM Eastern.