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Rams vs Commanders opening odds: LA comfortable favorites against Washington

LA desperately needs a win to recover from their heartbreaking loss in Baltimore

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The Los Angeles Rams return from their East Coast “vacation” to take on the Washington Commanders, with the Rams opening up as 5.5-point underdogs at DraftKings Sportsbook. LA’s offense has a very favorable matchup against a Washington team that has given up 45 points in back-to-back games.

The Rams lost a crucial overtime game to the Baltimore Ravens 37-31, putting a sizable dent into their NFC playoff hopes. Good news for LA, the offense has scored over 30 points in three straight while Matthew Stafford and Kyren Williams have tore it up. In Baltimore, Stafford had his third game in a row where he’s thrown at least three touchdowns. The veteran QB was 23-of-41 passing for 294 yards with scoring passes to Cooper Kupp, rookie Davis Allen and Demarcus Robinson. Perhaps Kupp read my article this week as he had his best game in weeks, leading LA with eight catches for 115 yards. Williams had another stellar outing on the ground as he rushed for 114 yards on 25 carries. Unfortunately, the Rams special teams let the team down as the Ravens had a walk-off punt return.

The Commanders were on their bye in Week 14. Good thing too as they were smoked 45-15 by the Miami Dolphins before their off week. Washington’s porous defense (putting it mildly) gave up 406 yards of offense to the Dolphins. Miami All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill kept getting past the secondary with ease as he had a game-high 157 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. Both of Hill’s scores went for over 60 yards. Yikes. Commanders QB Sam Howell had a rough day, throwing for just 127 yards and an interception on 12-of-23 passing. Howell rushed for two touchdowns, including one that got Washington within 10 points early into the second quarter. That was the closest the Commies got on that fateful Sunday afternoon.

Who do you trust more this week? Can the Rams’ offense take care of business against one of the NFL’s worst defenses? Or will the Commanders and Sam Howell leave SoFi with a stunning upset? Despite Washington coming off their bye, I have full confidence in LA to handily beat a struggling Commanders team. Howell has been sacked a league-high 58 times and that’s not a recipe for any team to succeed in keeping Aaron Donald away. I expect the second-year signal caller to take a massive beating in Hollywood.

My pick is for the Rams to go over the spread with ease and pick up a much-needed win over the Commanders. Who are you betting on in Week 15? Let’s discuss in the comments!