The reigning Super Bowl champions are an underdog at home against an opponent with a losing record? That’s what it’s come to for the battered and humbled Los Angeles Rams, who would like a second chance with their fortunes this season. You can get yours with BetRivers’ second-chance $500 offer.
The visiting Las Vegas Raiders are 6-point favorites in Los Angeles on Thursday Night Football, against a Rams squad that has been decimated by injuries. Wide receivers Cooper Kupp (ankle) and Allen Robinson (foot) are both on the shelf. They were joined this week on injured reserve by quarterback Matthew Stafford (spinal contusion). And to top it off, backup QB John Wolford (neck) and defensive tackle Aaron Donald (ankle) are iffy for Thursday night as well.
No wonder, then, BetRivers has installed the Raiders as a -245 moneyline favorite with the Rams as a +215 underdog. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was claimed Tuesday by the Rams after being waived by the Carolina Panthers. It’s unclear if the former No. 1 draft pick will be prepared enough to see action for L.A. on Thursday.
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BetRivers’ Second-Chance $500: Will Rams Be Worst Super Bowl Champ?
The injury issues suffered by the Rams, who dropped to 3-9 overall after last weekend’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, leaves L.A. in the unenviable position of potentially finishing with the worst record ever by a defending Super Bowl champion. That is owned by the Broncos, who went 6-10 in 1999 after John Elway’s retirement. Uncertainly over the team’s roster situation has led BetRivers to take Rams futures markets off the board.
Las Vegas, meanwhile, has recovered from a rough start to win three straight. The most recent 27-20 last weekend over the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders (5-7) have +585 odds of making the playoffs, according to BetRivers. They are nearly even money (-106) to go over a regular season victory total of 7.5.
The Rams enter the Thursday night game on a six-game losing streak. Their struggles are not limited to the win-loss column. Los Angeles has beaten the point spread in just two of its past 11 contests, although one of those was last week when they loss by three to Seattle as 6.5-point underdogs. The Rams’ 3-7-2 mark against the spread so far this season is the second-worst in the NFL. Only the 3-8-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are worse.
Raiders Have Won 6 Of Past 9 ATS
The Raiders have improved to 6-6 against the spread. They beat the number in six of their past nine outings, including three straight. Las Vegas won outright as underdogs against Denver and Seattle. Then it won by seven against the Chargers to cover as a 2.5-point favorite. Las Vegas is 0-3 against the spread as a road favorite, though all of those results came in the first half of the season.
The Rams are riddled with injuries. Although they average 16.8 points per game. Los Angeles has gone over the total in four of last six games. That is thanks to low over/under numbers ranging from 38 to 42.5 over that span. The total for the Thursday night contest is 44.5, according to BetRivers. That is higher than anything the Rams have exceeded since passing 46 in Game 2 against Atlanta.
Las Vegas, meanwhile, has gone under the total in four of its past six, although the majority of the over/under numbers they’ve faced during that span have been 48 or above. The Raiders have been vastly improved of late on offense, now averaging 24.3 points per game, good enough for ninth in the league. They’ve exceeded a combined total of 44.5 points in four of their past five outings.