The flourishing Las Vegas Raiders (5-7, 2-5 Away) are on the road to face the Los Angeles Rams (3-9, 2-5 Home), who will be hoping to snap their losing streak, at SoFi Stadium on Thursday. The Raiders are six-point favorites, and the total is 44.5. Las Vegas is coming off a 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, their third straight victory.
Derek Carr threw for 250 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Josh Jacobs ran 26 times for 144 yards and a touchdown. Davante Adams was targeted 12 times, catching eight passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Los Angeles dropped a sixth straight game on Sunday, falling 27-23 to the Seattle Seahawks at SoFi Stadium. John Wolford was 14 of 26 for 178 yards and two interceptions. Cam Akers carried 17 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Tutu Atwell caught two receptions for 48 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since September 2018, a 33-13 win for the Rams.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Raiders are averaging 24.3 points per game for the season, ninth in the NFL, and they are facing a Rams defense that has surrendered 23.3 PPG (22nd). Meanwhile, Los Angeles has scored 16.8 points a game this season, 29th in the league, and Las Vegas is allowing 24.7 PPG (26th).
The Raiders rank eighth in the league in passing yards per game (254.7) and 11th in rushing (125.4). They will face a tough test on the ground, as the Rams are fourth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (96.7).
Against the pass, Los Angeles is 21st (251.3).Los Angeles has been one of the league’s least productive rushing teams, averaging 87.3 yards per game (30th), while ranking 23rd in passing yards (221.3).
The Raiders are allowing 270.8 passing yards (30th) and 113.8 rushing yards per game (14th).Las Vegas is averaging 2.8 red zone trips a game this season, third lowest in the NFL, finding the end zone 49% of the time (28th).
The Raiders may struggle to improve on those numbers against one of the league’s best red zone defenses, as the Rams have allowed opponents to score on only 43% of red zone trips (2nd).
Los Angeles ranks as the one of the lowest volume red zone offenses in the league, moving inside the 20-yard-line only 2.7 times per game (31st) and scoring a touchdown on 53% of those possessions (17th). Las Vegas has had difficulty defending their own red zone, allowing opponents to find the end zone 64% of the time (28th).
Through 12 games, Derek Carr has thrown for 20 touchdowns (8 INT) and 248.3 yards per game to lead Las Vegas in passing. In seven away games this season, he has 13 TDs (7 INT) and an average of 257.3 yards passing.
Josh Jacobs leads the team in rushing with an average of 108.6 yards a game over 12 games. He has 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Davante Adams is the Raiders’ leading receiver with 98.0 yards a game and 12 TDs. He is averaging 6.6 receptions on 11.2 targets per game. Matthew Stafford has 10 passing touchdowns (8 INT) with 231.9 yards per game through nine games to lead Los Angeles.
In five home games this season, he has thrown for seven TDs (7 INT) and an average of 252.0 yards.Cam Akers has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 33.4 yards a game through 10 games. He has three touchdowns. Cooper Kupp has been a key target in the Rams’ passing game.
He has six touchdowns and a 90.2 yard per game average through nine appearances. Cooper Kupp is averaging 10.9 targets per game (8.3 receptions).
HOME AND AWAY
Los Angeles is looking to avoid a fourth consecutive home loss this season.
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