The Los Angeles Rams (3-6, 1-2 Away) will be looking to end their losing run when they are on the road to take on the New Orleans Saints (3-7, 2-4 Home) at Caesars Superdome on Sunday. The Saints are 3.5-point favorites, and the total is 39.
Los Angeles is coming off a 27-17 loss against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium last Sunday, their third straight defeat. John Wolford threw for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Cam Akers ran six times for 22 yards.
Tyler Higbee caught all eight passes targeting him for 73 yards.New Orleans lost 20-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium last Sunday. Andy Dalton was 17 of 27 for 174 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Alvin Kamara carried eight times for 26 yards. Juwan Johnson scored once. He caught five receptions for 44 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since September 2019, a 27-9 win for the Rams.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Rams are averaging 16.4 points per game for the season, 29th in the NFL, and they are facing a Saints defense that has surrendered 24.7 PPG (25th). Meanwhile, New Orleans has scored 22.2 points a game this season, 17th in the league, and Los Angeles is allowing 22.2 PPG (18th).
The Rams rank as the league’s worst team in rushing yards per game (68.1, 32nd), while they are 18th in passing yards (238.8). The Saints are seventh in passing yards allowed per game (213.8) and 22nd against the run (130.5).
New Orleans is 10th in the league in passing yards per game (251.8) and 15th in rushing (120.7). Los Angeles’ defense has proven stout on the ground, as the Rams are 4th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (96.1). Against the pass, the Rams are 15th (228.2).
Los Angeles is averaging 2.9 trips to the red zone a game this season, fourth lowest in the NFL, finding the end zone 50% of the time (25th). The Rams may struggle to improve on those numbers against one of the league’s best red zone defenses, as the Saints have allowed opponents to score on only 48% of red zone trips (5th).
Through eight games, Matthew Stafford has thrown for eight touchdowns (8 INT) and 241.0 yards per game to lead Los Angeles in passing. In three away games this season, he has one TD (1 INT) and an average of 222.7 yards passing.
Darrell Henderson Jr. leads the team in rushing with an average of 30.4 yards a game over nine games. He has three touchdowns on the ground. Cooper Kupp is the Rams’ leading receiver with 90.2 yards a game and six TDs.
He is averaging 8.3 receptions on 10.9 targets per game. Andy Dalton has 11 passing touchdowns (7 INT) with 222.7 yards per game through seven games to lead New Orleans. In five home games this season, he has thrown for six TDs (2 INT) and an average of 204.8 yards.
Alvin Kamara has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 58.6 yards a game through eight games. He also has been valuable as a receiver, racking up 42.3 yards a game through the air. He has three total touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving.
Chris Olave has been the primary target in the Saints’ aerial attack. He has two touchdowns and a 73.1 yard per game average through nine appearances. Chris Olave is averaging 8.6 targets per game (5.1 receptions).
SportsTips’ NFL Pick:
NO Saints (-150)
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*Odds correct at time of publication, courtesy of BetMGM.