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The resurgent Las Vegas Raiders head on the road to take on the Los Angeles Rams to kick off Week 14 on Thursday Night Football.
Here, we’ll look at the best bets for this game, the point spread, and the total.
We all know that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr cried in a postgame interview a few weeks back and that they’re undefeated since then, beating the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, and Los Angeles Chargers.
They’re six-point favorites over the home team Rams, on the road here.
The Rams are a borderline total disaster with quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receivers Allen Robinson and Cooper Kupp on injured reserve.
The new starting quarterback is John Wolford, and the stats show a player who hasn’t been good, completing 61.3% of his passes across two starts with one touchdown, three interceptions, and four total turnover-worthy plays.
So why are we taking the Rams +6? Well, this is quite a bit of point, especially against a team that, yes, has had success but isn’t immune to criticism with their wins.
In their three wins since their loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Raiders have won by margins of 6, 6, and 7 points, respectively.
The Raiders allow over 258 passing and nearly 114 rushing yards per game.
Meanwhile, the Rams allow 236 passing and under 100 rushing yards per game.
The Rams still have some playmakers on defense, including cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Bobby Wagner, and a decent pass rush.
The Rams starting receivers, Van Jefferson, Brandon Powell, and Ben Skowronek, aren’t remarkable, but neither are the Raiders' corners or safety Trevon Moehrig.
There are still weapons on the Rams that can get downfield, present a few deep shot opportunities for the Rams, and a running game led by Cam Akers that’s getting plenty of use.
The Raiders don’t necessarily have the defense to allow for a six-point spread, especially on the road. Also, yes, the Raiders' offense is great, but it’s coming from two sources—running back Josh Jacobs and wide receiver Davante Adams. Just slow down one of those and that’ll help.
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In Week 13, Wolford was not good, completing just 53.8% of his passes for 178 yards and two interceptions.
However, as mentioned above, the Raiders have a susceptible defense.
We cannot discount how well the Raiders' offense is performing right now, and no matter how good Ramsey is, there will be some wins for the Raiders on offensive drives.
The Rams have a run game to rely on that may not be the most efficient, but they scored 23 last week.
Suppose Wolford can play similarly to how he did on the Arizona Cardinals (24 of 36 for 212 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT). In that case, this should be enough to help push the total over.
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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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