NFL Betting Websites Prepare for Week 3’s TNF MatchupPosted by: Mike Davis
Thursday night football betting returns this week as the San Francisco 49ers get set to host their same-state rivals, the Los Angeles Rams. The Niners and Rams have shared the NFC West for quite some time but now with the Rams recent move to Los Angeles, the fact that both teams are in California adds further fuel to this matchup. Let’s find out which team NFL betting websites will be siding with in Week 3.
Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers – Thursday, September 21st
When: 8:25 pm ET
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
TV: NFL Network
Stream: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com
NFL Betting Lines:
Los Angeles Rams -2 ½ (-110) 41 (-110)
San Francisco 49ers +2 ½ (-110) 41 (-110)
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams enter this contest with a 1-1 record that places them in a 3-way tie with the Cardinals and Seahawks for the top spot in the division. No one’s currently picking the Rams to win the division, but the way Los Angeles kicked off their 2017 season certainly had a fair share of NFL gambling fans fooled.
Los Angeles opened up their 2017 season by hosting the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts aren’t favorites to win the AFC South this season, but they still represented a respectable threat. Despite this, the Rams manhandled Indianapolis from the opening snap to the final seconds of the game. The final score read 46-9 and although that would lead many to believe that the Rams had a great day offensively, most of the grunt work was done by the defense which scored 4 defensive touchdowns.
The following week the Rams would suffer their first loss of the season in their match against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins earned a total of 385 yards on the day while the Rams earned 332 themselves. It was a close game through and through and the biggest change Los Angeles suffered was from their defense, which had zero turnovers on the day. The Rams’ offense is not strong enough to compete with the likes of Washington and lacking a superb performance from their defense, Los Angeles will fall short every time.
San Francisco 49ers
The Niners got off to the wrong start in 2017 and haven’t been able to rebound once. In their season opener, San Francisco faced the Carolina Panthers and fell short 23-3. Brian Hoyer couldn’t do much for San Francisco as he finished the day with 193 yards, 1 interception and a 70.3 passer rating.
The following week Hoyer would underperform once more. In their Week 2 9-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Niners’ quarterback struggled to throw for 99 yards, 1 interception and a 48.2 passer rating. It’s times like these that makes you wonder why a quarterback like Colin Kaepernick, who once led this very same team to a Super Bowl, is out of sight and out of mind.
San Francisco enters this contest as rightful NFL gambling underdogs. The Niners offense hasn’t been able to score much this season and there’s no reason to expect that to change this week.