New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams – Picks & Predictions

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New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams – Picks & Predictions

Author: Erik Gibbs | Publish Date: December 18, 2023 | Last Updated: December 18, 2023

Week 16 will launch with a spectacular showdown between the New Orleans Saints, now with a 7-7 record, and the Los Angeles Rams, also with a 7-7 even mark, at SoFi Stadium on Thursday night.

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Head-to-Head: New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams

After enduring a challenging stretch that saw them plummet to a 5-7 record with three consecutive losses, the Saints have orchestrated an impressive comeback. Securing convincing victories in their last two outings, they now stand at 7-7.

Two weeks ago, they dismantled the Carolina Panthers with a resounding 28-6 triumph, and just this past Sunday, they effortlessly sailed to a 24-6 win against the New York Giants.

Currently positioned as the 8th seed in the NFC, the Saints eye an opportunity to ascend to the 6th or 7th spot with a win over the Rams and a favorable twist of fate involving the Minnesota Vikings.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams have been formidable, notching victories in four of their last five contests. Their lone setback during this stretch came in a hard-fought overtime clash against the Baltimore Ravens.

In their most recent outing on Sunday, they claimed a 28-20 victory over the Washington Commanders, a game that had the potential for a more lopsided outcome in favor of Los Angeles. Holding a 7-7 record, the Rams currently occupy the 7th seed in the NFC playoff race.

How to Bet on the New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams

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New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams Odds

With two struggling teams still trying to secure a spot in the playoffs, the Saints are not marching strong to Inglewood.

New Orleans is now the underdog at +165 while most sportsbooks have the Rams listed at -200 as clear favorites.

In terms of the spread, the Saints are at +4 (-110), and the Rams are at -4 (-110). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game is set at 45 points, with the Over and Under both set at  -110. 

Betting Tips for New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams  

As the Saints prepare to visit the Rams, bettors can now start looking at trends that could prevail throughout TNF’s showdown. In 14 matchups this season, Los Angeles has emerged victorious against the spread on eight occasions, showcasing their resilience and ability to exceed expectations.

Notably, the Rams have consistently covered the spread whenever they were favored by 4 points or more, establishing a trend of reliability in those situations. The Rams’ prowess extends to their home turf, where they boast a perfect 2-0 record against the spread when carrying a 4-point favorite status or higher.

Throughout the 14 contests in the current season, New Orleans has secured victories against the spread in four instances, showcasing a mixed performance in navigating betting expectations.

The Saints have faced challenges when labeled as underdogs of 4 points or more, failing to secure an against-the-spread win in such scenarios this season.

When examining the Saints' away games, a distinctive trend emerges, with an average total of 41.1 points, which is 3.4 points lower than the over/under for the upcoming matchup, which is set at 45.

New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams Predictions

Given that both teams have not yet found a solid path to climb to the top of the division standings, it's clear the Rams have a lead.

Although both teams stand with an even record, LA is still second, just behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. While there is a four-win gap between them and the 49ers, Thursday night might just be the Rams’ last chance to fight for a quick climb before it's all over.

Back the Rams to cover with an eye toward the under.

Prediction: Los Angeles Rams -4

Erik Gibbs

Erik is a dynamic and seasoned journalist with a passion for all things sports and sports betting. With a career spanning over two decades, he has become a prominent figure in the world of sports journalism, admired for his insightful analysis and engaging storytelling.