The Detroit Lions will host the Los Angeles Rams in an NFC battle during week 13 of the NFL season. The Lions have one eye on the future as their 2018 season has been rough, while the Los Angeles Rams have their sights on a Super Bowl. Detroit comes into this game with a 4-7 record and suffered a close loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day. Los Angeles is coming off of a bye week and enter this contest with a 10-1 overall record. The Rams got a huge 54-51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in their last time out. Detroit is looking to play spoiler while the Rams are trying to lock up the top seed in the NFC.
Lions vs. Rams Odds
The Detroit Lions are seven-point underdogs at home in this matchup with the Rams. The over/under for total points scored is set at 54.5 for this game.
Spread: Rams -7
Lions vs. Rams Head to Head
This is the first meeting between these NFC teams since the 2016 season. Matthew Stafford and the Lions were able to beat the Rams, 31-28, in that game. The Rams hold a 43-40-1 regular season record over the Detroit Lions in the all-time series standings.
Lions vs. Rams Stats
The Los Angeles Rams have scored an average of 35.4 points per game this season, which is the third-highest scoring average in the NFL. Running back Todd Gurley has gained over 1,000 yards this season and has scored 13 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Jared Goff has thrown for 3,547 yards this season and 26 touchdowns this season. Defensive end Aaron Donald has racked up 14.5 sacks this season.
The Lions have averaged just 21.6 points per game this season, and have given up 26.0 points per game. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for 2,841 yards this season but has thrown 10 interceptions this season. Kenny Golladay has emerged as the top wide receiver for the Lions, racking up 804 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Lions vs. Rams News
The Los Angeles Rams are dealing with several key injuries at the moment. Wide receiver Cooper Kupp is lost for the season with a torn ACL, but cornerback Aqib Talib is expected to return to the team in the coming weeks. Linebacker Samson Ebukam was recently named NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
The Detroit Lions are also dealing with injuries to two key playmakers. Running back Kerryon Johnson and wide receiver Marvin Jones both missed the Lions game against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day, and their status for this game is unclear.
Lions vs. Rams Predictions
The Lions have the advantage of playing at home in this game, but that is the only advantage that they have over the Rams. Los Angeles has been explosive on offense all season long, and their defense has the ability to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Look for the Rams to continue their great season with a big win over the Lions in this game. Bet the Los Angeles Rams -7.0 over the Detroit Lions.