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Rams Heavily Favored On Road Against Reeling Texans

Cooper Kupp & Los Angeles heavily favored over Houston in Week 8 odds.

The Los Angeles Rams (6-1 SU, 4-3 ATS) are 9-2 SU and 7-4 ATS in their last 11 games as a double-digit favorite. The Rams will try to cover the spread as a big favorite on Sunday afternoon on the road against the Houston Texans (1-6, 3-4).

Los Angeles Rams vs Houston Texans
  • Date/Time: October 31, 1 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: NRG Stadium
  • TV Coverage: Fox
  • Opening Odds: Rams -14 | O/U 46.5 (Line History)
  • Rams vs Texans Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Rams opened as a 14-point favorite and have been bet up slightly to Los Angeles -14.5. The total has settled in at 47.5 points since opening at 46.5 points. The Texans are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against NFC West opponents.

Los Angeles News & Notes

Los Angeles failed to cover the 16.5-point spread but still picked up the win in a 28-19 victory over the Detroit Lions last Sunday. Matthew Stafford threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions against his former team and Cooper Kupp had another fantastic day with 10 catches for 156 yards and two scores.

Kupp is off to one of the hottest starts for a wide receiver in NFL history with 56 catches, 809 yards and nine touchdown receptions through Los Angeles’s first seven games. He is on pace for an NFL-record 1,965 receiving yards.

Stafford and Kupp face a Texans defense Sunday that ranks 26th in the NFL in total yards allowed with 392 per game and 27th in points allowed with 29 per game.

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Houston News & Notes

The Houston Texans opened as 17.5-point underdogs against the Arizona Cardinals last week and closed as 20-point underdogs. They didn’t even manage to cover the spread getting that many points as they suffered a 31-5 loss in Arizona. The Texans are 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS over their last five games and have been outscored 151-39 over that stretch.

Davis Mills has averaged only 174.5 passing yards per game across his six starts and has thrown seven interceptions to go along with five touchdown passes.

Tyrod Taylor returned to practice this week after missing every game since Week 1 with a hamstring injury. He is currently listed as questionable to make the start against the Rams and would certainly make Houston more competitive if he is able to start.

How Los Angeles Will Cover

The Rams have been one of the NFL’s best teams this season with six wins and their only loss coming against the undefeated Cardinals. If they play to their potential, they shouldn’t have much trouble blowing out one of the league’s bottom-dwelling teams.

How Houston Will Cover

Tyrod Taylor’s return would give the Texans a clear upgrade over Davis Mills under center. It could also spark the team to put forth a better effort than it has in recent weeks. With 14.5 points to work with, Houston just needs to show some life on offense to have a shot at a cover.

Computer Pick: Los Angeles -14.5

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Shark Bites
  • Los Angeles is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 vs AFC teams.
  • Houston is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in Houston’s last 5 games.