New Orleans Saints (7-7) at Los Angeles Rams (7-7)
Game Info: Thursday, December 21st, 2023 at 8:20 p.m. EST (SoFi Stadium)
Betting Odds: Rams -3.5 (-112) - Over/Under (46)
Pick: Rams -3.5 (-112)
Thursday night takes us to Los Angeles where the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams will kick off the 16th week of the NFL season. Both of these teams come into this game with identical records and this is a massive game when it comes to playoff positioning. As they come into this game both needing a victory to stay alive in the NFC wildcard race heading into the final two weeks of the season. As for the New Orleans Saints, the NFC South is still well within striking distance, and a victory would put them at top of the division heading into the last two weeks of the year.
It’s been a roller coaster of a season for the New Orleans Saints, as their injuries and inconsistency has led to them being seven and seven, heading into the last three weeks of the NFL regular season. It will look to pick up a crucial victory here on Thursday night out west in Los Angeles, and a win in this game would likely put them back on the top spot to win the NFC South division heading into the last two weeks of the year. A victory in this game on Thursday night would also keep them firmly in the NFC wildcard race. As they have two different avenues to make the postseason heading into the last two weeks of the season if they pick up the win here in this one.
Quarterback Derek Carr will need to play mistake free football and that is something he has struggled with at times throughout the season. New Orleans does come into this game with a little bit of a met as they are currently on a two game winning streak, and they will look for their third consecutive victory of the season here on Thursday night in Los Angeles. However, it’ll be interesting to see how they respond to being on the road as they’ve been defeated in their last two road games and that is something they need to fix if they make it into the postseason. As they would exclusively be away from home unless they win the division.
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The Los Angeles Rams come into this game finding themselves in a must win situation here in week 16 at home. They come into this game sitting at the .500 mark through their first 14 games of the regular season and they will look for their eighth victory of the year here on Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. A win in this game would keep them in contention for a wildcard spot in the NFC heading into the last two weeks of the regular season. Meanwhile, a loss would put them on the outside looking in and all but officially eliminate them. I will look to pick up a crucial victory at home here on Thursday night against a New Orleans Saints team that comes into this game with a little bit of momentum.
Los Angeles has a little bit of momentum as well coming into this game as they picked up a victory in their previous game and they have won four out of their last five on the season as well. They will like to make it five out of their last six for another quality performance here in this one on Thursday night as they search for their second consecutive victory of the season. They have dealt with injuries of their own and inconsistency throughout the regular season, which has led to them fighting for a playoff spot and having to go to the last two weeks of the year to figure out if they will make the postseason and leaving their playoff future in doubt with each and every slip up. They will avoid losing this one on Thursday night against New Orleans and put together another quality performance as they look to keep their hot run of play intact.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Los Angeles is 6-1 as a favorite
- Los Angeles is 4-3 at home
- New Orleans is 3-4 on the road
I expect this to be a close and competitive game between these two quality football teams. In the end I look for this to be a high scoring affair that ends with the Los Angeles Rams picking up the victory at home over the New Orleans Saints. I expect these two NFC teams to go back-and-forth throughout the entire entirety of this game on Thursday night, but in the end I do look for the Los Angeles Rams to pick up the victory in front of their home crowd to secure their eighth victory of the regular season.As always, get our VIP Pick Free Tonight by Clicking Here!