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It’s the question both Rams fans and NFL bettors have been asking themselves since last Thursday: Can Mayfield go 2-0 as L.A.’s starting quarterback?
Just 48 hours after being claimed off waivers, the former No. 1 overall draft pick entered the Rams’ injury-riddled quarterback room and engineered a stunning last-gasp victory over the Raiders. Mayfield’s touchdown pass with nine seconds left lifted the Rams to a 17-16 win. Snapping L.A.’s six-game losing streak, Mayfield led the Rams to its second-straight cover after failing in five-straight contests.
Can he do it again at Lambeau Field? This is hardly the primetime showcase the NFL envisioned in the preseason, with the Rams at 4-9 overall and the Green Bay Packers at 5-8. Still, Mayfield’s heroics provides needed juice to an otherwise irrelevant matchup.
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Win Or Lose, Turn $1 Into $200: Consecutive Covers In Short Supply
Green Bay is coming off a 28-19 road victory over the Chicago Bears – one of the few bright spots in a dismal stretch that’s seen the Packers drop seven of their last nine. They’ve struggled against the spread, going 3-7 against the number in their previous 10. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers & Co. haven’t strung together back-to-back covers since September.
Then there are the Rams, whose cover as a 6-point home underdog against the Raiders last week followed an ATS victory against Seattle. It’s the first time the Rams have covered in consecutive games this season. Before the Seattle contest, they had covered in just two of their first 11 outings.
Injuries decimated the Rams’ roster. Superstar wideout Cooper Kupp is out with a high ankle sprain, and both of L.A.’s top two quarterbacks are sidelined. Starter Matthew Stafford has a spinal cord contusion, and backup John Wolford has a neck injury.
That led the Rams to claim Mayfield, who’ll get the start again Monday in Green Bay.
Rams’ Coldest Game In 30 years?
Is there reason to believe that Los Angeles can cover a touchdown spread in Green Bay? Or win outright as a +255 moneyline underdog? They’ll undoubtedly experience Lambeau at its most inhospitable, given that the temperature is expected to be around 11 degrees at kickoff. That would be the Rams’ coldest game in 30 years, according to USA Today. Though, Mayfield almost certainly learned to handle such conditions over his four seasons with Cleveland.
The Packers are running the ball more lately, given the inconsistency of their passing attack. Rodgers has gone two straight games without throwing for more than 200 yards, completing 18 of 31 attempts last week at Chicago, where the Packers needed their own fourth-quarter comeback to win.
If Green Bay elects to rely on the run, it’ll have its hands full with L.A.’s fifth-best rushing defense.
The offensive woes of both teams are reflected in the bet365 total of 39.5, which seems low for a game involving Rodgers. It’s the lowest total in any game this season for the Packers and ties the second-lowest for the Rams.
Is there value in the rock-bottom number? Green Bay has eclipsed totals of 40.5 or greater in four straight games, albeit against some offensively-challenged opponents in Chicago and Tennessee. This makes the over on Monday night a strong consideration—especially against Mayfield and rejuvenated L.A.
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