The Los Angeles Rams (10-1) travel to Michigan this weekend to battle the struggling Detroit Lions (4-7). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 2nd at Ford Field and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Rams listed as 10-point road favorites. That line hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Los Angeles is currently available at -10. The total for this matchup is 54.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 13 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Lions vs Rams Vegas Odds & Game Preview
Los Angeles had a much needed bye week in Week 12 following a thrilling 54-51 victory over Kansas City on November 19th. The Rams are currently tied for first overall in the entire NFL with New Orleans, as both teams have identical 10-1 records. QB Jared Goff really put on a show on Monday Night Football his last time out, passing for 413 yards and four touchdowns. He also found the end zone on the ground, which was his first rushing touchdown of the season. RB Todd Gurley had his worst game of the year by far, gaining just 55 yards. However, he was likely limited due to an ankle injury suffered in the first half against the Chiefs. Gurley should be pretty close to 100% on Sunday just in time for a matchup with a porous Detroit defense. Los Angeles will be without WR Cooper Kupp the remainder of the season, although Josh Reynolds certainly had a solid game in Week 11 in his place. As a whole, the offense is currently averaging 35.4 points per game (3rd overall) 448.6 total yards.
The Rams haven’t been all that great defensively through their first eleven games, allowing opponents to 25.6 points per gamed (20th overall) on 372.5 yards of total offense. They have been exposed a couple of times through the air, giving up an average of 252.6 passing yards per game (19th overall).
Detroit has now lost four out of their last five games to fall to just 4-7 overall on the season. The Lions had another rough home game on Thanksgiving Day, falling 23-16 to Chicago despite starting QB Mitch Trubisky being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Matthew Stafford had a game to forget, throwing for 236 yards and no touchdowns while also getting picked off twice. Stafford also had a quarterback rating of just 67.4, his lowest since a brutal Week 1 performance against the Jets. There is no doubt he is missing both Marvin Jones Jr. and Golden Tate, as the only familiar face in the receiving corps is Kenny Golladay. Rookie RB Kerryon Johnson is having an impressive season on the ground, rushing for 641 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 118 attempts. Overall, Detroit is averaging just 21.6 points per game (21st overall) on 342.7 yards of total offense.
The Lions have been well below average on the other side of the ball so far this season, surrendering 26.0 points per game to opponents (24th overall) on 355.5 yards of total offense. They have been especially poor against the run, giving up an average of 117.1 yards per game on the ground (19th overall).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Los Angeles -10
I’m actually pretty shocked that this spread is currently just ten points, as Detroit has been dreadful lately. They have just one win since mid-October and lost by 12 points at home by a team starting Chase Daniel at quarterback on Thanksgiving. I know I’m repeating myself, but I can’t help it – Los Angeles, featuring on offense with Goff, Gurley, Woods, and Cooks – are currently favored by only ten points. I would be shocked if the Lions can stay within two touchdowns of the Rams in this matchup.
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Los Angeles is a rock-solid 8-2-1 ATS in their last eleven games following a bye week. They are also 4-2 ATS over their last six games against the Lions. Detroit is just 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against opponents with a winning record. They are also only 3-7 ATS over their last ten games as an underdog between 3.5 and 10 points.
Nothing is going the Lions ways right now, as they are only 1-4 ATS over their last five games overall after starting the season 5-1 against the spread. Stafford is throwing way too many interceptions and while the Rams have been vulnerable through the air, he simply doesn’t have enough playmakers on offense to get the ball to. Golladay is basically the only threat in the receiving game, and Kerryon Johnson hasn’t been getting enough reps due to the presence of Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount. Gurley should bounce back nicely in this particular spot, while Goff will likely put up another 300+ yard, three touchdown performance. I’m laying the ten points all day in this matchup – give me the road favorite.