Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Rams, 12/2/18 Predictions & Odds
Game day for the Los Angeles Rams has returned after the team had Week 12 off for the bye, beginning the final stretch of the season. With five games remaining, the Rams will begin the last month of the season with a 1 p.m. ET game against the 4-7 Detroit Lions.
Los Angeles is favored by 10 points in this one and should come away with its 11th win of the season, taking back the No. 1 seed from the Saints, who lost on Thursday night. As we all know, though, there’s no such thing as a guaranteed win in the NFL. Just look at the Bills stunning the Vikings earlier this season.
Even still, the Rams are a near-lock to come away victorious on Sunday against the Lions for several reasons. They’re coming off a bye week, there are no injury concerns to speak of and Aqib Talib is coming back. Those three factors alone give the Rams a major advantage over the injury-riddled Lions.
It’s also why we’re predicting a big win by the Rams on the road.
The Rams haven’t covered a spread since Week 7, but this is a game they should definitely win by double digits. Sure, they beat the Panthers, Patriots and Packers this season, but they were also blown out by the Jets, lost to the 49ers and Chase Daniel topped them by seven points on Thanksgiving.
The biggest concerns for this game are the early kickoff and Detroit’s top-ranked run defense in the past three weeks, but the Lions simply don’t have the firepower to keep up with the Rams. Golden Tate is gone, Marvin Jones is out for the year and Kerryon Johnson has already been ruled out.
This is a depleted offense that now goes through Kenny Golladay and rides the back of Matthew Stafford, who’s having a down year by his measures. A loss in this one would be really crushing for the Rams, especially after the Saints opened the door for them to take the No. 1 seed.
Expect Sean McVay to have his guys ready to play and firing on all cylinders. This could easily turn into Rams-Giants from 2017, which resulted in a 51-17 road win by L.A.