Los Angeles Rams vs Houston Texans Prediction, 10/31/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 8
Game: Los Angeles Rams vs Houston Texans
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Texans (+14.5)
The Houston Texans (1-6) will play the Los Angeles Rams (6-1) at NRG Stadium on Sunday. Los Angeles opens this matchup as 14.5-point favorites. The total is 48.
The Los Angeles Rams come into this matchup with a record of 6-1 for this season. In their last game, the Rams took the field against the Lions and went home with a win by a final score of 28-19. Matthew Stafford finished 28/41 with 334 yards through the air and 3 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 117.3 and finished the contest with no interceptions. Darrell Henderson was the leader on the ground for the Rams with 15 attempts for 45 yds (3.0 yards per attempt). Cooper Kupp averaged 15.6 yds per catch by accumulating 156 yards on 10 catches. The Los Angeles Rams ended up rushing 19 times and amassed 47 yards, which is an average of 2.5 yards per tote. In the game, they ran 61 plays for 374 yards. Los Angeles surrendered 23 completions on 37 attempts for 278 yards, and a completion percentage of 62.2%. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Rams conceded 137 yds on 28 tries, which is 4.9 yards per rush surrendered.
Regarding putting the ball in the endzone, the Los Angeles Rams have an average of 29.6 points per game. As a team they maintain an average of 95.4 yards on the ground ranking them 22nd in the NFL. The Rams currently have 2,780 total yards over the course of this year. Los Angeles has 105 1st downs as a team, and they have been called for 28 infractions for 261 yards. They have turned the football over 7 different times (5 interceptions and 2 fumbles). When it comes to getting in the endzone, Los Angeles has compiled 19 touchdowns via the pass and 5 touchdowns via the ground.
The Rams rank 7th in the NFL in relation to team defense, conceding 20.9 points per contest. The opposition is running for an average of 4.4 yards per rush and 111.9 rushing yards per game this season. For the season, they have given up 783 yards on the ground through 7 games. In terms of yards via the pass, the Rams have conceded 1,834 yards which has them sitting in 24th in the NFL. They have conceded 262.0 yards per game through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 66.5%. Overall, they have relinquished 373.9 yards per game which puts them 21st in the National Football League. They have surrendered 7 touchdowns through the air and 7 touchdowns running the ball.
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The Texans step onto the field holding a record of 1-6 this season. For their last game, the Texans went home defeated by a final of 31-5 when they faced the Cardinals. Davis Mills ended the game with 135 yards on 23/32 through the air while his quarterback rating was 79.6. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his average yds per pass attempt was 4.22 yards. Brandin Cooks was the best receiver for the Texans, catching 5 passes for 21 yds (4.2 yards per reception). David Johnson ran the football 7 times for 25 yards, ending the contest with 3.6 yards per attempt for Houston. The Texans finished with a total of 160 yards on 49 plays (3.3 yards per play). Houston ran the football for 2.8 yards per tote, finishing with 42 yds on 15 attempts. Houston surrendered 37 run attempts for 172 yds (4.6 yards per carry). The Texans secondary gave up a completion percentage of 71.4%, surrendering 225 yds on 20 out of 28 passing.
The Houston Texans average 275.1 yards per outing which is good for 29th out of all teams in the NFL. They maintain an average of 80.7 yards per game via the ground game and have toted the ball for 565 yards overall. The Houston offense has 454 penalty yds on 51 violations, which is 3rd in the NFL in terms of helping out the opposition. They have tossed 7 interceptions while losing 5 fumbles and they have earned 65 first downs. Over the course of the season so far, the Texans have a total of 1,361 yards through the air not to mention an average of 194.4 passing yards per outing, putting them at 29th in the NFL. When looking at putting points on the board, the Texans are ranked 31st in the league holding an average of 13.9 points per game.
Houston has surrendered a total of 1,020 yards via the ground game (145.7 yards per contest) in addition to 12 touchdowns by way of the ground game this season. They have given up 12 touchdowns from the passing game and 246.3 yards/outing, which has them in 19th in the NFL. They have tallied 9 takeaways (2 fumbles recovered and 7 picks) on the campaign. In total, they have surrendered 203 points in total. The Texans defense has been on the field for 445 plays, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. The Texans are conceding 29.0 points per game, ranking them 28th in football.
Who will win tonight's Rams/Texans NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rams -14.5
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