The Los Angeles Rams are marching confidently towards the playoffs with an 11-4 record; riding a four-game winning streak. Week 17 sees the NFC West leaders hit the road to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the slumping Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore, in contrast, is riding a four-game losing streak and barely clinging to life in the AFC Wild Card hunt.
The Rams come off a 30-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16 thanks to a lot of help from their special teams unit. Matthew Stafford didn’t have his best day, throwing for just 197 yards with one touchdown while throwing three interceptions. Luckily a third-quarter punt returned TD for the Rams gave them a lead they wouldn’t surrender.
The Ravens fell to 8-7 after getting blow up by the Cincinnati Bengals 41-21. The Ravens are still second in the division but are dangerously close to being eliminated from the playoffs altogether. A loss this week would pretty much seal their fate.
Here are the odds for this Week 17 showdown, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Rams vs. Ravens, Spread, and Total Odds
- Rams: -3.5 (-110)
- Ravens: +3.5 (-110)
- Rams: -175
- Ravens: +145
- 46.5 (Over -110/Under -110)
Rams vs. Ravens Betting Trends
- The Rams are 4-1 against the spread ATS in their last 5 road games.
- The Rams are 4-1 straight up (SU) in their last five games.
- The Rams are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.
- The UNDER is 10-1 in the Rams’ last 11 games against the AFC North.
- The Ravens are 4-2 ATS in their last six games.
- The Ravens are 4-2 ATS in their last six games against the NFC.
- The UNDER is 6-1 in the Ravens’ last six games against the NFC.
Rams vs. Ravens Prediction and Pick
Despite winning in Week 16, the Rams did all they could to throw the game away. The fact that Matthew Stafford had four turnovers cannot be ignored. Had they been playing a healthier Vikings offense, it would have likely led to a loss. They were eventually bailed out by a 61-yards punt return by Brandon Powell, but the Rams could have very easily lost this game.
On the flip side, the Ravens lost pretty badly to the Bengals, but they were again without their starting QB Lamar Jackson and were victimized by Joe Burrow in his best game as a pro. It would be easy to blame the Ravens defense but Burrow was so locked in that he may have beaten any defense last week. And Josh Johnson, who was signed just 10 days prior, played very well considering the circumstances.
For me, the only issue keeping me from jumping all over the Ravens is whether or not Jackson is forced to sit out another week. If he is good to go, the Ravens become a far more dangerous team. If not, they will lack the firepower with Josh Johnson or Tyler Huntley under center.
Until Jackson practices, I think it is too optimistic he will return to play this weekend. This is a must-win game for Baltimore but a hobbled dual-threat QB is not the path to victory. They will wait until he is ready and that is not shaping up to happen in Week 17.
Pick: Los Angeles Rams -3.5 (-110)