NFL: Rams seeking a return to form against 49ers

15 November 2021 23:25:40 GMTPlus11
The Rams aim to win in San Francisco

There is a big NFC West match-up in this week's Monday Night Football as both the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers look to bounce back from Week 10 losses.

Here we break down the game at Levi's Stadium, look at where it can be won or lost and give punters some pointers for their late-night bets and you can follow all the action on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

The Rams are 3.5-point favourites and the total-points line is 50.5 - San Francisco are 8/5 to win the match, while Los Angeles are 5/9 and the 49ers won their last meeting 23-20 in November 2020.

Rams looking to make headway

The Rams have won seven of their nine games this season and are second in the NFC West and they can draw level with Arizona at the top of the division with a win after the Cardinals, were sunk 34-10 by the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

However, to do that, Sean McVay's team will have to bounce back from a 28-16 home defeat to the Tennessee Titans last week.

The Rams dug themselves into a hole as Matthew Stafford's two interceptions allowed the Titans to establish a 14-3 lead.

That loss ended a run of four straight victories, although they failed to cover double-figure spread prices as favourites against the Houston Texans and the Detroit Lions, who have claimed just one victory between them this season.

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Niners need to stage a recovery

The 49ers have won three of their eight games to date, but they have triumphed in just one of their last six so they need to win on Monday to have realistic play-off ambitions.

The problem is that they missed a great opportunity to make up ground last week when they fell to a defeat against Arizona, even though the Cardinals were missing quarterback Kyler Murray and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

They may gain confidence, however, from the fact they have won their last four games against the Rams and eight of their last 11, but it is a year since they claimed a victory at Levi's Stadium.

Allowing more than 26 points per game has been one of the main problems and they have covered the handicap in just one of their last six matches.

The Rams are 1/1 to score more than 27 points in the game.

Another chance for Kupp to shine

One player to definitely keep an eye out for is Rams receiver Cooper Kupp, who is on the verge of eclipsing his best season's figures, even though he has played just nine games this season.

No player in the league has more than his 1,019 receiving yards and he is the top touchdown scorer with ten.

His fellow receiver Robert Woods has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury, but the Rams have traded for former New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jnr, who joins the franchise from the Cleveland Browns.

Beckham is regarded as a probable inclusion and while he has little time to get up to date with the Rams playbook, he will want to make an immediate impact, especially against a Niners secondary that has been struggling in recent weeks.

Garoppolo in for a difficult night

The 49ers have their one receiving dangerman in Deebo Samuel who is the second most productive receiver in the league this season, but the running game looks set to be the home side's most potent weapon with Elijah Mitchell and Jeff Wilson leading a two-pronged attack.

The availability of tight end George Kittle will also be a post for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but he could still be in for a difficult evening.

Garoppolo will surely have one eye on Rams sack machine Aaron Donald and he won't know where to look if another new signing, former Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, features despite being questionable with an ankle injury.

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