The Los Angeles Rams (3-9) play the Las Vegas Raiders (5-7) on Thursday, 8 at SoFi Stadium. Exactly one win lies between the teams ahead of this Week 14 matchup. The Las Vegas Raiders boast the better record out of the two, winning five out of a possible 12 to go third in the AFC West. The Los Angeles Rams follow up in fourth place in the NFC West, with three wins to their account. It has been a miserable month for the Los Angeles Rams and reaching the playoffs seem but a distant dream for the reigning Super Bowl champions. Can they bounce back against the Las Vegas Raiders or does more heartbreak lie in waiting? Let’s find out in this preview!
Los Angeles Rams VS Las Vegas Raiders Betting lines
Los Angeles Rams VS Las Vegas Raiders Betting expert picks
Los Angeles Rams VS Las Vegas Raiders Moneyline
Taking the Las Vegas Raiders (-230) to win on the moneyline looks too good to pass up. They’re chasing a fourth straight win going into this matchup against the Los Angeles Rams, who have lost their last six matches. The visitors are also on a two-match winning streak in this series and we’re backing them to continue this trend on Thursday.
Los Angeles Rams VS Las Vegas Raiders Spread
Oddsmakers favor the Las Vegas Raiders (-110) to win Thursday’s game, but not by much. The visitors open up as the 5.5-point favorites over the Los Angeles Rams. This suggests they won’t win by more than a touchdown going into this Week 14 matchup.
With the average margin of victory in the last five matchups of this series being 7.8 points, it seems as though the smart money lies in a one-score game on Thursday.
Backing the Los Angeles Rams to cover the spread looks like a red flag here, even on home soil. They’ve failed to cover the spread in their last three outings ahead of Thursday’s matchup. The hosts are also 1-6 ATS in the past seven games at home and 2-7 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
The past three visits to the SoFi Stadium, meanwhile, have seen the Las Vegas Raiders end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard two times, with an average losing margin of 2.0 points. In their past 10 matches, the Las Vegas Raiders went 5-5 ATS and also ended up 3-5 ATS from their eight most recent road trips.
Los Angeles Rams VS Las Vegas Raiders Total
The points total in matches between the Los Angeles Rams and Las Vegas Raiders tends to sway to the lower side, as they have averaged 32.8 points in their last ten meetings. This implies that siding with the Under (-110) might be worth a tilt, with the total currently set at 43.0 points.
The total has averaged 39.0 points in the Los Angeles Rams’ ten most recent games, as well as 42.6 points in their last five at home. Against the total, the Los Angeles Rams have gone over in three of their past three home games and are 4-6 in the last ten overall.
As for the Las Vegas Raiders, the average total has been 49.8 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 48.4 points in the last five on the road. They’ve gone under in four of their last six outings and in four of the past six games played in December.
Los Angeles Rams VS Las Vegas Raiders Betting trends
- Los Angeles Rams have failed to cover the spread in four of their last five games.
NFL Power Rankings Week 14 2022, Los Angeles Rams VS Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Rams Form
Things went from bad to even worse for the Los Angeles Rams last week. The hosts crashed to a 27-23 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, meaning they have now lost their past six matches, including the last three at home.
Scoring clearly isn’t where the Los Angeles Rams’ A-game lies. The offense has only put 16.8 points on board, which is one of the league’s worst points averages. The art of defending isn’t something the Los Angeles Rams excel in though. By allowing 23.3 points per game, their defense has been below average compared to the rest of the league this year.
As the reigning Super Bowl champions, only a successful title defense will do for the Los Angeles Rams . A spot in the playoffs come the end of the regular season will be the bare minimum expected for a team which finished first in the NFC West, won the NFC Championship, and lifted the famous Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Las Vegas Raiders Form
The Las Vegas Raiders bagged a third straight win last week by beating the Los Angeles Chargers 27-20. They’ve also won their last two matches on the road, leaving them 5-5 in their past 10 matches.
The Las Vegas Raiders will bring a middle-of-the-park offense for their latest game on the road, having scored 24.3 points per game this season. On the other side of the ball, the hosts have struggled in defense. In 12 games, they’ve surrendered 25.8 points, leaving them with one of the league’s worst records in terms of points allowed going into their latest matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
In 2021, the Las Vegas Raiders came home in second place in the AFC West standings after going 10-8 across all games. The visitors naturally hope to go even better this season. However, like every other team in the NFL, sealing a spot in the playoffs during this regular season is the first and foremost priority for now.
Los Angeles Rams VS Las Vegas Raiders H2H history
The Las Vegas Raiders downed the Los Angeles Rams 16-17 in the previous matchup between these two franchises. The encounter took place at the SoFi Stadium in August 2021. Both teams have failed to claim the upper hand in this series in recent years, having claimed five wins apiece from their previous ten matchups
While the Los Angeles Rams averaged 19.4 points, the Las Vegas Raiders performed an average of 13.4 points in their ten most recent head-to-head games.