Rams vs Saints Betting Prediction (11/20/22)

The 3-6 Los Angeles Rams travel to Caesars’ Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana to take on the 3-7 New Orleans Saints on Sunday. With both teams coming off of demoralizing losses, this game is a must-win for both head coaches as another addition to the loss column could lose the respective locker-rooms. Let’s look at the odds, preview, prediction, injuries, key matchup, and depth charts to see who has the edge in this one.

Los Angeles Rams vs New Orleans Saints Odds

Moneyline (ML): Rams +145 (bet $100 to win $145) | Saints -170 (bet $170 to win $100)

The Spread: Rams +3 (-115) | Saints -3 (-115)

Over/Under (O/U): 39 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Los Angeles Rams vs New Orleans Saints Preview & Prediction

Returning starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Rams’ offense will get a necessary restart after a tumultuous loss last week. With Stafford out, the Rams fell 27-17 against the Arizona Cardinals, putting them dead-last in the NFC West standings. Who could’ve seen that one coming after last year’s Super Bowl win? This team is a total mess and with no meaningful draft capital for the foreseeable future, don’t confuse Rams’ losses with intention. 

The Saints were on the receiving end of another defensive beat-down thanks to the return of TJ Watt to the Steelers defensive front. It was LB Alex Highsmith though that had the defensive MVP performance with 2 sacks on returning Saints starter Andy Dalton. At this point, head coach Dennis Allen may be playing for his job, so why Dalton still starts is a wonder to all with Jameis Winston on the bench. With Dalton struggling against good pass-rushes, he’s in for another long day with Aaron Donald coming to town.

Rams vs Saints Prediction:

While I think -3 for the Saints is a big number given their recent struggles, the Rams haven’t mustered anything notable over the last few weeks. While they had a must-win in hand in Tampa Bay several weeks back, the Rams offense couldn’t garner a single first down to ice the clock. That has been the theme of this offense this year and with Cooper Kupp out for the foreseeable future, it’s hard to be confident in a team that can’t effectively pass or effectively run. Allowing opposing offenses 326.4 yards per game, the Saints defense will be a good litmus test to whether Sean McVay can get some sort of fight out of this stagnant offense. 

It is also very hard to be confident in the New Orleans Saints offense. While Alvin Kamara wasn’t supposed to go missing this season, head coach Dennis Allen has done little to alleviate concerns that he doesn’t know how to call plays on the offensive side of the ball. We saw it in his stint with the Raiders back in 2012, and we are seeing it again with the 2022 New Orleans Saints. Chris Olave is one bright spot to this unit however, and it’ll be exciting to see him matched-up with CB Jalen Ramsey this week. 

Looking at both teams’ defenses, the Rams are ranked 14th while the Saints are ranked 28th in Lineups.com’s rankings of total defense this season. Because the Rams have a sufficiently better defense, I lean taking the +3 points in this one but my confidence level is extremely low with this bet. It simply is not smart to bet on bad football and these teams are exactly that. Betting on either teams offense will take years off of your life given the stress it’ll cause. With the most likely scenario being a low-scoring affair, the under is the safest bet on the menu.

Take the UNDER in this one.

Betting Trends

  • Rams are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
  • Rams are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
  • Saints are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Key Injuries

LA Rams Injuries:

-WR C. Kupp (O)

New Orleans Saints Injuries:

-DE M. Davenport (Q)

-WR J. Landry (D)

-CB M. Lattimore (D)

-S M. Maye (Q)

-RT RT R. Ramczyk (Q)

Rams vs Saints Key Matchups

Chris Olave vs Jalen Ramsey

First round wide out Chris Olave has been a bright spot for the Saints this season. Now, facing one of the toughest corners in the NFL, Olave will be put up to the spotlight with fellow wide-outs Jarvis Landry and Michael Thomas expected to be out.This match-up will define if the Saints offense can move the ball down the field against this Rams defense. 

Saints Depth Chart

QB: Tua Tagovailoa
RB1: Duke Johnson
RB2: Myles Gaskin
LWR: Jaylen Waddle
RWR: DeVante Parker
SWR: Albert Wilson
TE1: Mike Gesicki

Rams Depth Chart

QB: Matthew Stafford
RB1: Darrell Henderson
RB2: Kyren Williams
LWR: Allen Robinson
RWR: brandon powell
SWR: Van Jefferson
TE1: Tyler Higbee

Carson Marsh graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication with special focus on Sports Media from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, Carson has worked in journalism as a field reporter for WeAreSC.com, the longest-running publication exclusively dedicated to USC football and also worked in the social media department with the Las Vegas Raiders.

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