Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers Picks, Odds, Week 16 Predictions 12/21/2019
Game: Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Location: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
Odds/Point Spread: San Francisco -6.5
Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium on Saturday. The spread on this contest has San Francisco as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 46.5. The Rams are 8-6-0 ATS and 5-9-0 when betting on the total. The 49ers are 7-7-0 when wagering on the over/under and 11-3-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Los Angeles Rams played the Dallas Cowboys and took the defeat by a score of 44-21. Todd Gurley II led the team on the ground for that game. He had a long run of 8 yards and he added 1 TD for the game. He racked up a total of 20 yards via 11 carries which had him averaging 1.8 yards per run. Tyler Higbee was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 111 yards on 12 catches. He earned an average of 9.3 yards per catch for that game. Leading the way at QB for the Rams was Jared Goff who went 33/51 with 284 yards through the air and completed 2 TD's. He gave away 1 interception during the game. The Los Angeles Rams ended up running the ball 14 times and added 22 yards giving them an average of 1.6 yards per rushing attempt. For the contest, the Rams earned a total of 23 first downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 29 yards. In the game, they ran 68 plays which gave them a total of 289 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Los Angeles allowed 15 completions on 23 tries totaling 212 yards, and a completion percentage of 65.0%. In the game, they allowed a total of 475 yards but didn't force any takeaways. In the running game, the Rams allowed 263 yards on 45 attempts which is an average of 5.8 yards per attempt allowed. Guy Bruhn has a free pick for the game between the Texans and Buccaneers.
The Rams come into this matchup with a record of 8-6 in 2019. This team is one of the more average teams in terms of scoring among NFC West teams and I wouldn't expect things to change too much in this game. For total yards, they currently sit at 8th in the NFC and 12th in the league with 5,179 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Rams currently have a total of 17 passing touchdowns and 17 rushing TDs. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the league with an average of 24 points per game, which has them at 13th in the league. As a unit, they are averaging 94 yards on the ground per game which is 13th in the conference.
The Rams have one of the best defenses in the league, giving up 21.9 points per game ranking them 7th among NFC teams. When it comes to yards through the air, the Rams have conceded 3,088 yards. Teams are completing 62.0% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.8 yards per attempt. They have allowed 20 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing TDs. When it comes to rushing yards, Los Angeles is allowing 115.6 yards per game putting them 3rd in the division and 23rd in the NFL. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.0 yards per carry ranking them 6th in the conference and 9th in the league overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,314 yards rushing through 14 games.
In their last game, the San Francisco 49ers faced the Atlanta Falcons and were beaten 29-22. Taking the lead at quarterback for the 49ers was Jimmy Garoppolo who went 22/34 with 200 yards passing and added 1 touchdown. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Raheem Mostert led the team in rushing for that contest. He tore off a long run of 8 yards and he added 1 TD during the game. He scurried for 54 yards via 14 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.9 yards per carry. George Kittle was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 134 yards on 13 receptions. He notched an average of 10.3 yards per reception for that contest. The San Francisco 49ers ended up running the ball 27 times and earned 120 yards which had them averaging 4.4 yards per rush. In the game, the 49ers totaled 20 1st downs and they had 7 infractions for 67 yards. On the day, they totaled 62 plays which added up to 313 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, San Francisco allowed 25 completions on 39 tries totaling 201 yards, and a completion percentage of 64.0%. On the ground, the 49ers allowed 89 yards on 20 tries which is an average of 4.5 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For the game, they gave up 290 yards and forced 1 takeaway. Another prediction you may want to look into is the free pick against the spread from Josh Schonwald on the Giants vs Redskins contest.
The 49ers head into this matchup 11-3. San Francisco has made teams respect their running game by averaging 147 yards on the ground per contest, putting them 2nd in the NFL. As a team, they have a total of 2,058 rushing yards through 14 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The 49ers average 383 yards per game overall which has them at 6th in the NFL and 4th in the NFC. In discussing their scoring prowess, the 49ers currently sit at 1st in the NFC West and 2nd out of all the teams in the league with an average of 29.9 points per contest.
The 49ers are allowing 18.4 points per game ranking them 1st in the division and 5th in the NFL. Their passing defense is one of the best groups in the league. They are giving up 154 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the 49ers are currently ranked 1st in the NFC. They have conceded 19 passing TDs for this season. In terms of points given up, they have allowed 258 total points. In regard to yards on the ground, they are allowing 115 yards per game ranking them 21st in the NFL and 2nd in the NFC West. This year, they have given up a total of 1,605 yards on the ground and 8 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Rams/49ers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the 49ers -6.5
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