The Los Angeles Rams (6-0) will head to Levi’s Stadium to take on the San Francisco 49ers (1-5) in Week 7 (October 21, 2018 at 4:25pm EST). The 49ers opened as 9.5-point underdogs.
Los Angeles’s offense has been able to move the ball at will this season. They average 310 yards per game through the air (6th), and 154.3 per game on the ground (1st). The Rams balanced attack has led to a lot of points, as they are scoring 32.7 points per game (3rd).
Jared Goff has been phenomenal at QB for Los Angeles this season. He’s completing 69.1% of his passes while throwing for 1,928 yards and 12 TDs, with only 5 interceptions – a 110.9 passer rating.
Meanwhile, Todd Gurley has led the way in the backfield, totaling 623 yards and nine TDs on the ground. Gurley had loads of room to run last week against the Broncos, churning out 208 yards on 28 carries, finding the end zone twice.
Los Angeles’s offense isn’t the only unit worthy of applause, though, as their defense has been solid, too.
The Rams only allow 19.7 PPG, the seventh-fewest in the league. This is a unit that prides themselves on defending the pass. Los Angeles only cedes 245 yards per game through the air (13th).
Average is the only way to portray the offense Los Angeles will meet this week. San Francisco is scoring just 24.7 points per game (15th), but Matt Breida and their third-ranked ground game cannot be faulted for their struggles to consistently put points on the board.
The back has totaled 430 yards on the ground (ninth-most in the league) with two rushing TDs. As a team, San Francisco averages a healthy 142.5 rushing yards per game.
But until CJ Beathard and the aerial attack (21st) can provide a better complement, this offense will remain in the bottom-half of the league. San Francisco needs Beathard to take advantage of the opportunities presented this week by the Rams’ 13th-ranked pass defense
The 49ers defense has not had much luck keeping teams out of the end zone this season. They’re surrendering an embarrassing 29.8 points per game (29th), largely thanks to the 279 passing yards per game they give up (25th).
Expect to see Jared Goff putting the ball in the air early and often.
San Francisco pounded the Rams, 34-13, the last time these two teams met, which was December 31st, 2017. The 49ers were 6.0-point favorites in that game.