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Rams Looking to Stay in NFC Contention vs Steelers Following Bye Week

The Los Angeles Rams (5-3) are still in third place in the NFC West heading into a road matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) on Sunday. With the division-leading San Francisco 49ers (8-0) hosting the Seattle Seahawks (7-2) on Monday Night Football, the Rams will have an excellent opportunity against the Steelers to make up some ground.

Matchup Information
  • Los Angeles Rams vs Pittsburgh Steelers (Matchup Report)
  • Date/Time: November 10, 4:25 p.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: FOX
  • Opening Odds: Los Angeles -3.5 | O/U 45.5 (Line History)

Opening Odds Analysis

There has been early betting on the Rams and UNDER so far, and rightfully so. Los Angeles is undoubtedly the better team with a better defense and much more to play for coming off a bye week. That said, this is still the NFL where almost anything can happen, like the Steelers upending the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 as 6-point road underdogs four weeks ago.

Los Angeles News & Notes

Unlike the Chargers, the Rams are coming off a Super Bowl appearance and have a lot more to lose by being upset in this spot. If they lose this game, they might not even make the playoffs in what has become a very competitive conference race.

Los Angeles simply cannot afford to look past Pittsburgh here, especially with home games against the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens on deck. The Bears are arguably worse than the Steelers at this point, so that theory does not even make much sense.

Regardless, the Rams have won 10 of their last 11 games vs AFC foes, with the lone loss coming to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53. They have also gone an impressive 7-3-1 against the spread in those games.

Pittsburgh News & Notes

If anything, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin has proven himself as one of the best in his profession by leading his team to a .500 record through the first half of the season, despite losing running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown from last year and then quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back James Conner this year.

It really is amazing that the Steelers are in second place in the AFC North when the Cleveland Browns were heavily hyped and have failed miserably to live up to expectations.

Pittsburgh could have just tanked to get a better draft pick like some other teams, but Tomlin has kept the players focused and worked on developing them despite some tough circumstances. The Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against NFC opponents, so keep that in mind.

Betting Pick: Rams -3.5

Pittsburgh has been a good story, but Los Angeles does not care about a happy ending there. The Rams are focused on making the postseason and will win by more than a field goal.

Shark Bites
  • Los Angeles is 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in its last 6 road games.
  • Los Angeles is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games as a favorite.
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU and ATS in the past 5 home meetings with Los Angeles.