The San Francisco 49ers play the second consecutive road game in St Louis December 26th against the St Louis Rams. This NFC West game between the preseason favorite San Francisco 49ers and the surprisingly good St Louis Rams holds the NFC West title in the balance for the St Louis Rams.
The St Louis Rams suffered a major setback in their NFL Playoff quest with a loss on their home field to the Kansas City Chiefs 27-13. Sam Bradford and the St Louis Rams offense could not generate any sustained drives in this game and Steven Jackson was a non factor against a surprising Chiefs defense.
San Francisco 49ers Defense vs St Louis Rams Offense
Patrick Willis and the San Francisco 49ers defense were embarrassed on the scoreboard by the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football but they did play a decent game. The young San Francisco 49ers are an aggressive bunch and they love to hit. They are holding opposing running games to 100 yards and through the air opposing quarterbacks are being held to 227 yards per game.
Sam Bradford leads a St Louis Rams offense that has played well enough to win games and play with many of the best teams in the NFL. Steven Jackson is still the focal point of this offense but the running game is averaging just 107 yards per game on the ground. Sam Bradford has little to work with in the wide receiver department and has done much with very little. The St Louis Rams offense and the San Francisco 49ers defense are equal and neither has the edge.
San Francisco 49ers Offense vs St Louis Rams Defense
Alex Smith is back for the San Francisco 49ers and when he returned he had a great game and then he ran smack into the San Diego Chargers. Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers will face a tougher St Louis Rams defense that has improved over the last half of the NFL season. Vernon Davis is now the offensive star on this team with the loss of Frank Gore occurring a few games ago. Davis is the one key that could make Alex Smith productive.
The St Louis Rams defense has played well over the course of the season but they have been ignored by many when this team is discussed. They are holding teams to 106 yards per game on the ground and their pass defense is allowing just 227 yards per game through the air.
James Laurainitis has been the de facto leader on this team since his rookie season. Laurainitis is one of the best linebackers in the NFL and he has made this defense one of the most surprisingly strong defenses in the NFL. The St Louis Rams defense has the edge over the San Francisco 49ers offense.
San Francisco 49ers vs St Louis Rams -2.5: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has set the line on this game with the St Louis Rams a 2.5 point favorite over the San Francisco 49ers. The St Louis Rams have been solid against the spread this season. They are 9-5 against the spread overall and on their home field they are 4-3 against the spread. The San Francisco 49ers are 5-9 against the spread overall and they are 2-5 against the spread on the road. Take the St Louis Rams -2.5 points over the San Francisco 49ers.
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