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Rams must beat Saints to keep current playoff position

Los Angeles is slated in the 7th seed as it sits, but the Saints and Seahawks continue to keep pace

Washington Commanders v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams are welcoming the New Orleans Saints to SoFi Stadium on Thursday night primetime with major implications for the NFC wildcard playoff picture. LA is coming off a win over the Washington Commanders that saw them move into the seventh seed of the playoff bracket. Meanwhile, the Saints beat the New York Giants to also get back to .500 last week.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Rams are currently favored over the Saints in this one. We have been using Tallysight to get our picks in each week, so sign up at Tallysight for submitting your own bets.

The Rams have been on a roll as of late, going 4-1 in their last five games. The Rams have scored 28+ points in four straight games, which is tied with the Niners for the longest active streak. QB Matthew Stafford has also been on fire with multiple passing touchdowns in four straight games - the longest active streak in the NFL. Stafford currently has 12 touchdowns and only one interception since returning from his hand injury four weeks ago.

This is as must-win as a game can get for LA, as the Saints are tied with a 7-7 record, as well as Seattle. Due to divisional records, the Rams sit on top of both, but all can change on Thursday. The Rams will need to keep their high-powered offense rolling against New Orleans to help gain some distance and wiggle room in the NFC playoff picture. To their credit, currently the Saints rank 11th in pass defense according to foxsports.com.

I am taking the Rams to cover the spread and win the game. I trust what Stafford and running back Kyren Williams have been doing on the field lately. I am also taking the over in this one since the Rams have scored at least 28-points in the last four weeks.