A showdown of epic proportion hits the Week 9 schedule when the top teams in the NFC square off. The Los Angeles Rams didn’t play their best last week, yet they maintained their perfect record with a narrow victory over the Packers. The New Orleans Saints have been just as hot riding a six-game winning streak since dropping their opener. And if you like offense this is the game for you. Both teams are averaging at least 33 points per game and the total hit the board at a season-high 60. The Rams also opened as a dog for the first time this season, getting 1-point on the early NFL betting line.
Watch this Week 9 regular season matchup live on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 4:25 p.m. ET at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Opening NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu
Los Angeles Rams +1
New Orleans Saints -1
We didn’t know if the Rams could overcome a deficit since they’ve rarely trailed in a game this season. And overcoming a double-digit disadvantage would be the ultimate test since they’ve never been behind by at least 10 points in any game this year. Well, they passed with a comeback win over the Packers to improve to 8-0 on the season. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread and dropped to 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
It was a game that featured several swings, proving that the Rams can not only overcome a deficit, but that they can give it up, too. Trailing 10-0 early in the second quarter and failing to produce points on their first five possessions, the offense came alive behind Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. Goff’s scoring pass late in the first half was the Rams first touchdown of the game. Goff connected with Gurley and Josh Reynolds in the third to stake LA to a 10-point advantage.
As quickly as the Rams scored, they gave it back with the Packers scoring twice in just over a six-minute span to reclaim the lead in the fourth quarter. And given how these teams have played over the past few games, no lead is safe, which makes hitting the adjusted odds on the live betting platform at BookMaker.eu a smart play to even things out.
With all the offensive firepower the Saints have, they actually employed a unique strategy in Minnesota on Sunday night. They stayed away from the big plays on purpose, instead using a methodical approach to sustain drives in order to keep the Vikings potent offense off the field. Drew Brees had his lowest passing yardage output as a Saint, throwing for only 120 yards, yet New Orleans still managed to produce 30 points and escape with a 10-point victory.
I doubt the Saints will incorporate the same game plan on Sunday, especially playing at home where things just fall into place for them. Playing a good team on the road always calls for changes and the Saints did that in handling the Vikings. They also got some help with a pair of key turnovers. P.J. Williams had a pick-six and Alvin Kamara scored on a short run after a fumble recovery, and they may not be as fortunate against the Rams, who haven’t committed a turnover in their last two games and have just six giveaways on the season, the second-fewest in the NFL.
So there’s a good chance we get an aerial circus inside the Superdome, and that means plenty of yards and points. The teams can score quickly and in bunches, so if there is a lull in the action, you will get a lower total on the live betting odds at BookMaker.eu, and when it comes down jump on it. I think a game total of 60 is too high, but the teams have shown cracks on defense this season and points will be scored.
Rams at Saints Live Betting
It might be surprising to know that the Saints have the NFL’s best run defense. That tends to happen when opponents have to rely on the pass in order to attempt a comeback. But the game is tied at the start, so New Orleans must be doing something right. The Rams will counter that with the league’s top runner in Gurley, who amassed 114 yards last week and has 385 in his past three games to reach 800 rushing yards on the nose. The Rams don’t stray from their game plan and Gurley will get his touches, making him a candidate to top his total and score a touchdown at some point in the game on a prop bet at BookMaker.eu.
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