The Los Angeles Rams take on the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium in San Francisco, California, Sunday at 4:25 pm EST. The 49ers seek to get back on track after dropping two straight home contests to thePhiladelphia Eaglesas well as to theMiami Dolphinslast weekend, while the Rams are seeking their third-straight victory after falling to the Buffalo Bills (by 3 points) on the road three weeks ago. The Rams are currently 3-2 ATS in five games, while the 49ers are 2-3 against the number in 2020. Nonetheless, despite San Francisco covering the points in six of the last matchups amongst these two teams, the Rams have won against the number in three of their previous four matchups versus their NFC foe, including going 2-0 ATS at Levi's Stadium.
While the 49ers were decimated earlier in the season on both sides of the ball due to injury, they were able to get a critical piece back in the lineup last weekend in QBJimmy Garopollo. The veteran was then benched after going just 7-17 for 77 yards along with two picks in the defeat.
Rams shut out Redskins in second half for victoryThe Rams certainly showed why they are ranked in the top ten in the NFL in most major defensive categories as they held the Redskins scoreless in the second half en route to their second-straight win. The unit gave up 108 total yards to Washington while forcing eight sacks with defensive tackle Aaron Donald leading the way with four on the day while linebackers Troy Reeder and Jachai Polite also had a sack each.
Important to note that Reeder also led the team in tackles with seven total (3 assisted). And while the defense will attempt to limit offensive opportunities versus a San Francisco offense that has averaged less than 20 points per game in their last two outings, they will undoubtedly go to battle without linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (5 tackles, sack), who is out indefinitely with an elbow injury whileMicah Kiser(21 tackles, ff) is questionable with a groin injury. Also, safety Jordan Fuller (13 tackles) is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
Offensively, Los Angeles will face-off versus a 49ers defense that has played very well throughout five games in 2020. However, one should expectJared Goff, who is coming off a 300+ yard day with two touchdown tosses versus the Redskins, testing the secondary for San Francisco that gave up 300+ yards passing to the Miami Dolphins last weekend. Goff is completing 72% of his passes on the year while accumulating over 1300 yards with eight touchdowns alongside three picks.
Five receivers from San Francisco's receiving corps caught three or more passes versus Washington, with tight endGerald Everettleading the way with four receptions for 90 yards. Simultaneously, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp caught a combined nine passes for 137 yards, with Woods catching a touchdown pass.
The rushing attack is ranked 7th in the league and is led by Cam Akers (26 rush, 117 yds) along withDarrell Henderson, Jr.(58 rush, 352 yds, 4 TD's). Akers had 90 yards on seven carries versus Washington while Henderson, Jr. got the bulk of the carries with 15 on the day for only 38 yards. The Rams will undoubtedly need to get their rushing attack going early and often versus the 49ers. However, it is important to note that the 49ers are ranked 10th in stopping the run in allowing just 107 yards on the ground in 2020. Also, tackleBobby Evansis questionable for this contest with a shoulder injury.
49ers desperate for a winSan Francisco certainly needs to get back on track after dropping its second-straight game at Levi Stadium to the Miami Dolphins last week. This defeat came on the heels of the 49ers falling at home to the Philadelphia Eagles by a 25-20 score as 8.5-point favorites. The team must show and prove at home to get their season back on a winning note. The problem has been their offense, or lack thereof, throughout five weeks of play. As stated, San Francisco has had to deal with numerous key injuries on both sides of the ball, including the loss of QB Jimmy Gar0ppolo in a week-two road win over the New York Jets.
Fortunately, the signal-caller was able to rejoin the offense versus the Dolphins. However, he threw two picks while going just 7-17 for the contest. Head coach Kyle Shanahan decided to pull the QB in favor of C.J. Beathard, who finished the game going 9-18 for 94 yards along with a touchdown pass after the game was all but decided. And while it is unclear who will draw the start this weekend, Shanahan seemed concerned about the health of Garoppolo after their loss to the Dolphins and did not rule out pulling the signal-caller again if he is not 100%.
The head coach told theNBCSports.com, “If he has a good week of practice and looks like he gives us the best chance to win, then I won't hesitate,” Shanahan said. “If it looks like it hurts in the game and it's prohibited him, then we'll do what we did again.” Regardless, Beathard seems to be the man if Garoppolo cannot go as he has been serviceable for the 49ers in completing 73% of his passes versus the Eagles for 138 yards. Regardless of who starts, the 49ers have a full complement of receivers withGeorge Kittle, Brandon Aiyuk, and Deebo Samuel manning the outside.
Running backRaheem Mostert(34 att, 377 yds, 2 TD's), despite missing two straight weeks due to injury, is coming off an effective performance versus the Dolphins with 11 rushes for 90 yards and a score. Important to note that Dante Pettis is questionable with a knee injury.
Defensively, the 49ers will also have their hands full in trying to stop the Goff and the Rams. It will be particularly rough without the services of linebackerKwon Alexander(22 tackles, sack), who is questionable with an ankle injury. Defensive lineman D.J. Jones (6 tackles, two sacks) has been dealing with an eye injury yet is probable to start in this contest. However, the 49ers may also be thin in the secondary with Dontae Johnson, Emmanuel Mosely (11 tackles), and K'Waun Williams (8 tackles) all being questionable with groin concussion and knee injuries. Important to note that defensive tackle Nick Bosa continues to heal from a knee injury and is currently on IR.
Stats & Trends
- Rams are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games on grass.
- Rams are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. NFC West.
- Rams are 4-2-1 ATS in last 7 games
- 49ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass
- 49ers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
After the line opened up favoring San Francisco by three points, the public has since jumped on the Rams as the road team is now favored by 3.5 points. This could very well be to Shanahan's comments concerning Garoppolo. Nonetheless, the fact is that I trust the Rams much more than I do the home 49ers in this instance. Goff and company are not only dangerous in their passing and rushing attacks, they will undoubtedly test the resolve of a 49ers defense that has played inconsistently for the past two weeks. Furthermore, expect the Rams defense to get after whoever may be under center for San Francisco, with Donald leading the way after a huge performance versus the Redskins. In all, take the road team and the points in this contest as they happen to be the more consistent squad at this point in addition to covering two of their last three on the road.