Rams vs. 49ers: NFL Betting Preview – October 18, 2020

Posted By Staff on October 13, 2020 - Last Updated on October 16, 2020

The 4-1 Los Angeles Rams visit the 2-3 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, October 18 in a matchup between NFC West rivals at Levi’s Stadium. San Francisco is a 3.5-point underdog. The over/under is set at 52.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of October 16. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings.com.

Betting Information

Total Facts

  • The Rams are the 12th-highest scoring team in the league this year. The 49ers have scored the 18th-most points.
  • These teams surrender a combined 40.8 points per game.
  • San Francisco has allowed the 10th-fewest points in NFL play this season, while Los Angeles has given up the third-fewest.
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Rams Betting Insights

  • Two of Los Angeles’ five games this year have gone over the point total.
  • Los Angeles is 3-2 against the spread.
  • The Rams have a split ATS record of 1-1 when favored by at least 3.5 points.

49ers Betting Insights

  • San Francisco has compiled a losing 2-3 record against the spread this season.
  • The 49ers have a losing ATS record of 1-3 when playing as at least 3.5-point underdogs.
  • San Francisco’s games have hit the over in three out of five opportunities this season.

When the Rams Have the Ball

  • The Rams score 4.4 more points per game this season (27.2) than the 49ers allow (22.8).
  • When they meet or exceed their scoring average this season, Los Angeles is 2-1 and 2-1 against the spread.
  • When the San Francisco defense allows 22.8 points or fewer this year, they have a 2-0 overall record and a 2-0 record against the spread.
  • The Rams hold an 80.6-yard advantage in total yards gained versus total yards allowed compared to the 49ers defense this season (403.6 to 323). The Rams average 6.2 yards per play while the 49ers give up 5.2 per play.
  • In contests where the Los Angeles offense totals at least their average yard output this season, they are 3-1 against the spread and 3-1 overall.
  • When the San Francisco defense allows less than their season average for total yards this season they are 2-1 against the spread and 2-1 overall.
  • The Rams average 139.6 yards per game on the ground this season– 32.2 rushing yards more than the 49ers have allowed (107.4).
  • In games where L.A. rushes for at least season average, they are 2-1 overall and 2-1 against the spread.
  • When San Francisco limits opposing teams to 107.4 rushing yards or fewer this year, they are 2-2 against the spread and 2-2 overall.
  • The Rams have turned the ball over 1.2 times per game this season, while the 49ers have averaged one takeaway per contest.
  • In games where they turn the football over 1.2 times or fewer this season, Los Angeles is 4-0 overall and 3-1 against the spread.
  • San Francisco’s record this season when they force more than one turnover: 1-2 ATS, 1-2 overall

When the 49ers Have the Ball

  • The 49ers score 6.8 more points per game (24.8) than the Rams allow (18).
  • When San Francisco puts up at least 24.8 points, it is 2-0 against the spread and 2-0 overall.
  • This season, Los Angeles has a 2-1 record against the spread and a 2-1 record overall in games when it holds opponents to 27.2 or fewer points.
  • The 49ers collect 60 more yards per game (364.2), than the Rams allow per contest (304.2). The 49ers average 5.7 yards per play, while the Rams give up 4.8 per play.
  • In games where Los Angeles limits its opponents to 304.2 or fewer yards, it has a 1-1 record ATS and a 2-0 record overall.
  • This season, the 49ers pile up 129 yards per game on the ground– 22.6 more per game than the Rams allow per contest (106.4).
  • When San Francisco runs for at least 129 yards, it had a 1-1 ATS record and a 1-1 overall record.
  • Los Angeles is 1-1 against the spread and 1-1 overall when holding opponents to 106.4 rushing yards or less.
  • This year, the 49ers turn the ball over 1.4 times per game– 0.2 more turnovers per game than the 1.2 the Rams force on average.
  • San Francisco has a 2-1 record against the spread and a 2-1 record overall when it turns the ball over 1.4 times or less.
  • This season, Los Angeles has a 1-1 record against the spread and a 1-1 record overall when it forces at least 1.2 turnovers.

Rams Players to Watch

  • Jared Goff has thrown for 1,372 yards while completing 71.7% of his passes (109-of-152), with eight touchdowns and three interceptions in five games this year (274.4 yards per game).
  • Darrell Henderson leads the Rams with 261 rushing yards on 58 carries (52.2 yards per game) and scoring three touchdowns in five games. He’s also added seven catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.
  • Malcolm Brown has 212 yards on 53 carries (42.4 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns over the course of five games.
  • This season, Cooper Kupp has 28 catches (36 targets) for a team-high 363 yards (72.6 per game) while scoring two touchdowns in five games.
  • Robert Woods has added 299 yards on 23 grabs and two touchdowns. He’s been targeted 31 times and averages 59.8 receiving yards per game over five matchups this year.
  • Josh Reynolds has 12 receptions on 16 targets for 181 yards, averaging 36.2 yards per game.
  • Aaron Donald leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks, while adding six TFL and 17 tackles over five games.
  • In five games, John Johnson has collected 30 tackles, two TFL, and one interception.
  • Darious Williams has intercepted two passes and adding 14 tackles, one TFL, and four passes defended five over games.

49ers Players to Watch

  • This year, Jimmy Garoppolo has 467 passing yards (155.7 yards per game) while going 40-for-66 (60.6%) and throwing four touchdowns and two interceptions in three games.
  • Raheem Mostert has taken 34 attempts for 238 rushing yards (79.3 yards per game) and one touchdown in three games. He’s also caught nine passes for 139 yards (46.3 receiving yards per game) with one touchdown through the air.
  • Jerick McKinnon has 193 yards on 35 carries (38.6 ypg), with three rushing touchdowns. He also has 15 catches for 107 yards (21.4 ypg) and one touchdown.
  • George Kittle has been targeted 28 times and has 23 catches to lead the team with 271 yards (90.3 ypg) and one touchdown in three games this season.
  • Kendrick Bourne has tacked on 15 catches for 227 yards and one touchdown over five games this year. He has been targeted 26 times and puts up 45.4 receiving yards per game.
  • Brandon Aiyuk has caught 12 passes on 22 targets for 153 yards, averaging 38.3 yards per game in his rookie season.
  • Kerry Hyder has 3.5 sacks to lead the team, and has also racked up three TFL and 19 tackles over five games.
  • Fred Warner has totaled 45 tackles and one interception so far this season.
  • This season, Azeez Al-Shaair has one interception and has added six tackles and one pass defended five in games.

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