Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams Pick - Odds and NFL Betting Predictions

December 16, 8:20 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Los Angeles -9

This Sunday’s betting action wraps things up with the 6-7 Philadelphia Eagles on the road as heavy underdogs against the 11-2 Rams. Game time from Memorial Coliseum is set for 8:20 on NBC.

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Overview

The Eagles were in perfect shape to make a run at a second-straight NFC East Division title heading into Dallas last Sunday, but they left with a bitter 29-23 loss in overtime as 3.5-point road underdogs to fall to 6-7 straight-up with a 4-9 record against the spread. Their playoff chances are officially on life support with the Rams in perfect position to pull the plug.

Philadelphia has lost four of its previous six road games this season both SU and ATS. Slow starts, sloppy mistakes, and late defensive letdowns have plagued this team all season long. The Eagles' offense under the guidance of Carson Wentz at quarterback has shown glimpses of its Super Bowl form from the season before, but a lack of consistency across every phase of the game has them on the brink of elimination from this season's playoff race.

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The Rams took a rare step backward in their pursuit of the top seed in the NFC playoffs with Sunday night's 15-6 loss to Chicago as three-point road favorites. They are tied with New Orleans atop the conference at 11-2 SU, but the Saints own the tiebreaker in head-to-head play. Los Angeles has been a major drain on the bankroll since late September with a 2-6-2 record ATS over its last 10 contests. It is an even 2-2-2 ATS in six previous home games.

With Jared Goff’s grand total of 162 yards passing and Todd Gurley gaining just 28 yards rushing on 11 carries, the Rams’ high-flying offense was completely grounded in Sunday night’s loss to the Bears. On the year, Goff has thrown for an average 289.8 yards per game with Gurley leading a Los Angeles ground game that is averaging another 132.7 yards running the ball. Los Angeles is still averaging 32.7 points per game even with last week’s six-point effort dragging that number down.

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Betting Trends

  • The Eagles have failed to cover in five of their last six games against a team with a straight up winning record and they are also 1-5 ATS in their last six conference games. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their previous seven games following a straight up loss.
  • The Rams are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a straight up losing record on the road, and they are 1-4 ATS in their previous five NFC games. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five games at home.
  • Philadelphia has covered in 10 if its last 11 games against the Rams with total staying UNDER or ended as a PUSH in six of the previous 10 matchups.

Philadelphia at Los Angeles Prediction 12/16/2018

When these two teams met last season in Los Angeles, there were significant playoff implications for both sides. Coming into this matchup, the Eagles are one more loss away from sealing an early trip to the offseason. The Rams know just how important that No. 1 seed in the NFC would be to their Super Bowl chances, so I am expecting a quick return to form.

While I am not all that thrilled to lay the nine points in this NFC clash, I just cannot see Philly keeping things closer than 10 points against the Rams playing at home.

Free Pick: 
Take the Rams -9
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