Sunday Night Football Betting Preview

Rams at Lions

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The Detroit Lions will host the Los Angeles Rams for the Sunday Night Football matchup of Super Wild Card Weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET on Jan. 14, with NBC on the broadcast. The Lions are 3-point favorites with an implied game total of 51.5 points. 

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Los Angeles Rams () at Detroit Lions () – 8:20 p.m. ET

The Lions (12-5) are coming off their first NFC North title and will host their first playoff game in the history of Ford Field. Detroit is relatively healthy with center Frank Ragnow (knee) back in the lineup, and it appears rookie tight end Sam LaPorta avoided a major knee injury during a Week 18 win over Minnesota. 

The Rams (10-7) won seven of their last eight games with Kyren Williams (ankle) coming off I.R. to provide a huge spark and provide balance in their offense. The Rams are 8-4 and averaging 27.2 points and 396.8 yards per game when Williams has been active this year. Puka Nacua just set the rookie record with 1,486 receiving yards this season.

The major storyline in this matchup is two quarterbacks going against their former teams. The Rams traded Jared Goff and three draft picks, including two first-rounders, to acquire Matthew Stafford ahead of the 2021-22 season, and Stafford led the team to a Super Bowl. 

Dan Campbell is a Coach of the Year candidate after turning Detroit into a contender over the past two years. Campbell has been aggressive on fourth downs and thrice went for a 2-point conversion in Dallas in Week 17 to try and steal a win instead of playing for overtime. 

Sean McVay has led the Rams to the playoffs in five of his seven years with the franchise. McVay has dealt with a lot of turnover on his staff after making two runs to the Super Bowl. 

Here are the betting trends of note for the Rams and Lions from recent seasons: 

  • The Rams are 7-2-1 against the spread with equal rest this season 
  • The Rams are 4-6-3 ATS as road underdogs since 2022
  • Rams games are 7-2 to the over following a win this season
  • The Lions are 24-10 ATS overall and 12-5 ATS at home since 2022 
  • The Lions are 9-2 ATS in non-division games this season
  • Lions home games are 6-2 to the over this season 

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Los Angeles Rams vs. Detroit Lions game matchup

The Lions average the fifth-most rushing yards per game (135.9) and are lethal in the red zone with their running game, averaging the most rushing scores per game (1.6) with the third-highest TD conversion rate (64%) in the red zone. 

Defensively, Detroit holds opponents to the second-fewest rushing yards per game (88.8) at just 3.7 yards per carry. However, their secondary has struggled all season and allows the third-most yards per attempt (7.2) and their defense coughs up the fourth-highest TD conversion rate (66%) in the red zone. The Lions got defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson back from injury in Week 18. 

The Rams have a balanced offense that ranks eighth in third-down conversion rate (42%) and fourth in TD conversion rate (63.6%) in the red zone. Matthew Stafford is averaging 295.2 passing YPG with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions over his last five starts. 

The Rams defense allows an above-average 231.1 passing YPG, but holds opposing quarterbacks to the seventh-lowest completion rate (60.8%) this season. They allow 23.6 PPG and 112.6 rushing YPG on the road this season.

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How to watch Sunday Night Football

NBC will air all Sunday Night Football games. The Week 18 TV spot on Jan. 7, 2024, will remain open until much later in the season, as potential playoff battles will factor into the league’s flexible scheduling decisions.

Games are also streamed all season on NBC’s website and the NBCSports mobile apps. Most packages on streaming services such as fuboTV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue and Sling TV include NBC.

SNF betting tips

How to bet Sunday Night Football like a sharp

The hype and hoopla circulating Sunday Night Football can distract casual bettors. Analysts, reporters and local news crews have a full week to pump out every different angle to the game and dig for stories. Players can add to the mirage on social media whether by talking up their own team or taking too many shots at the opposition.

Learn to separate the hype from fact and don’t fall victim to live-betting out of boredom if the game ends up being a dud. Look at the lines early in the week to assess the odds before the public money starts pouring in and either bet on the numbers set by the books or sit and wait to see if the line shifts in your favor. Reassess later in the week and bet against the public if the line shifts too heavily based on nothing more than favoritism.

The standalone nature of the game also draws in more bets. The entire nation is focused on one single game, which, more often than not, is no bigger than the dozen or so games that preceded it that week. Never bet just to add to the excitement (or create excitement around a lackluster matchup) if wanting long-term success. Wait to see if the favorite falls behind early and then is given a high number as a sudden in-game underdog. Carefully browse through lines on prop bets, looking at different sportsbooks and pick the best value. Shop around and pick on a book that seems out of touch with the others. Don’t scoff at an easier play on the point spread in search of a big payday with a heavy underdog winning outright.

Sunday Night Football edges

Primetime games often see home teams too heavily favored. Do the research, keep up to date with injury news and look at the matchup in a vacuum to see if the odds check out. Don’t look too much at individual players returning to their hometown, being reported as having “extra motivation” or who may be close to statistical milestones. Few wide receivers, for example, can seriously impact a game on their own, especially when facing a top corner who’s fully aware of their motivation in the one-on-one matchup.

Look for teams and especially head coaches who thrive under the spotlight and more importantly the additional preparation time. The Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys receive more primetime slots than the average team. This experience provides an edge in certain matchups against teams who may be overwhelmed from added media attention and interview requests.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Sunday Night Football start?

Sunday Night Football kicks off every week from Sept. 10 through Jan. 7 at 8:20 p.m. Eastern. The ‘Football Night in America’ pregame show begins at 7 p.m. Eastern. NBC first started airing SNF for the 2006 season, taking over from ESPN.

How to stream Sunday Night Football?

Never miss a SNF game when you’re on the go with the NBCSports mobile apps. Cord-cutters can also use streaming services such as Hulu which includes NBC in most of its packages.

Who are the SNF announcers?

Booth announcers Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (color commentary) provide the broadcast each week. Field reporter Melissa Stark and rules expert Terry McAulay join in. Maria Taylor, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Chris Simms, Jac Collinsworth, Mike Florio and Matthew Berry make up the pregame show.

Who was the original Sunday Night Football broadcast crew?

Cris Collinsworth replaced legendary former head coach John Madden as the color commentator beside Michaels in 2009.

Who sings the Sunday Night Football theme song?

Country music star Carrie Underwood has been singing the SNF theme since 2013. She replaced fellow country star Faith Hill, who took over from pop star Pink after just one season in 2007. The current song is titled “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.” Previous versions were “Game On” and “Oh, Sunday Night.”