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LA Rams at San Francisco NFL Week 1 Odds & Prediction

Written by on September 10, 2016

Yes, the Rams are playing football in Southern California for the first time since 1996. Yes, the Rams-49ers rivalry once again forms an axis in California that once rocked the state each time the teams met. The only reason they’re not playing this game in Los Angeles is that the Rams are playing at the L.A. Coliseum while their new stadium goes up, and there was a conflict with USC. But the most important information for you, the sports bettor, has nothing to do with history and everything to do with the teams on the field. Check all your NFL odds before placing your bets this week.

LA Rams at San Francisco NFL Week 1

When: Monday, September 12, 2016, 10:20pm ET Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA TV: ESPN Radio: Los Angeles Rams Radio Network / San Francisco 49ers Radio Network Live Stream: WatchESPN NCAAF Odds: Los Angeles (-2.5), O/U Total 43

Why should you bet on the Rams?

When the Rams chose Jared goff with the overall #1 pick in the draft, he appeared to be the intended Week 1 starter, but Los Angeles is putting Case Keenum out there to start the opener. The Rams sacrificed six draft picks to take Goff, who won’t even dress for the opener as he is the third quarterback on the roster. The Ram offense will rely on careful game management from Keenum and strong running from tailback Todd Gurley. He shredded opposing defenses in 2015 and has a pair of strong tackles in Greg Robinson and Rob Havenstein to open up holes for him. Given the weaknesses in the San Francisco front four, which lost nose tackle Ian Williams for the season with an ankle injury, the Rams should be able to make plenty of hay on the ground.

Why should you put your money on San Francisco?

With the arrival of Chip Kelly in the Bay Area to coach the 49ers, a lot of people thought that Colin Kaepernick would resume his role at the starter, as his mobility and strong arm seem like the perfect attributes for a quarterback in Kelly’s high-octane offense. However, Kaepernick opens the season on the bench once again, behind Blaine Gabbert. He played well when he saw the Rams last, in the season finale of 2015, throwing for 354 yards in a 19-16 49er win. The 49ers also have an offensive line that has worked well in the past against the Rams, as left tackle Joe Staley has held his own against talented defensive end Robert Quinn.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Rams to impose their offensive will on the Niners in this game, grinding out a drive at a time. I’m predicting a 20-16 Los Angeles win.