Raiders vs. Rams Odds & Prediction: Make This Bet on TNF

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The Las Vegas Raiders are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams on the road in an interconference game on Thursday Night Football to open Week 14 of the 2022 NFL season.

The Raiders, who were listed as a 5-point underdog when odds were first posted in May, are now a favorite of 5.5 to 6 points at DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and PointsBet.

Let’s take a look at our Raiders vs. Rams odds on Thursday Night Football, as well as a prediction.

TNF Odds: Point Spread, Moneyline, Total

Here are Thursday Night Football odds from around the sports betting marketplace.

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Raiders Making a Late Charge Against Rams on TNF

Both teams are long shots to qualify for a postseason berth, but the Raiders are making a late charge while the Rams are amid a historic collapse.

Las Vegas (5-7 straight up/6-6 against the spread) started the season by losing seven of its first nine games but has won three straight since. The Raiders stand two games behind the New York Jets (7-5) for the final AFC wild-card berth with five games remaining.

Los Angeles (3-9 SU/3-7-2 ATS), which has been devastated by injuries to standout players, has lost six in a row and has the worst record through 12 games of any defending champion in the Super Bowl era.

The Rams, who opened the season with odds of +1200 to repeat as champs, are now at +100000 (1,000-1) and four games out of the wild-card picture.

Taking injury inventory, QB Matthew Stafford (spinal cord contusion) is out for the rest of the year, last year’s receiving triple-crown winner Cooper Kupp is on IR after having ankle surgery, and seven-time first-team All-Pro DT Aaron Donald suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 12 and could be out for a while. Then throw in the Rams’ top offseason free-agent acquisition, WR Allen Robinson, who has only 33 receptions. Two years ago in Chicago, he had 102. He’s also on IR (foot).

Raiders vs. Rams Odds & Prediction: Make This Bet on TNF
Las Vegas RB Josh Jacobs is making one final push for the NFL playoffs, so check out our Raiders vs. Rams odds & prediction. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

There’s more: The offensive line, which has had revolving doors at all positions throughout the season due to injury and/or poor play, is a big reason the team’s best output in a game this year has been only 360 yards. Last season, LA averaged more than that at 372.1.

The defense can’t be blamed for the downfall, ranking 14th overall. That’s three spots better than the Super Bowl team last season. But the unit is coming off its two worst games, yielding 437 yards to KC two weeks ago and 438 to Seattle on Sunday.

The Raiders, meanwhile, have seen their stars produce in a big way in recent weeks — especially league-rushing leader Josh Jacobs, who has had more yards in each of the past three weeks than anyone else while totaling 482. That’s 148 more yards than the Rams’ leading ball carrier has had all season.

Plus, WR Davante Adams has been sensational of late while teaming with QB Derek Carr, including his season-high 177 yards and two TD catches in last week’s 27-20 win over the LA Chargers. He’s fourth on the league receiver chart in receptions (79) and yards (1,176).

Defensively, Maxx Crosby leads the pass-rush charge with 10.5 sacks, which is also the fourth-best in the league.

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Raiders vs. Rams TNF Prediction

The Rams enter the game with added injury questions at QB, with second-teamer John Wolford dealing with a neck injury. If he can’t go, it will be second-year man Bryce Perkins making his second career start. In his only previous outing as the No. 1 guy, he averaged only 4.3 yards a pass against KC two weeks ago. Ugh!

No matter who starts behind that shaky offensive line, he’ll have to deal with a pass rush that got to the Chargers’ Justin Herbert five times last week. The LV offensive line, meanwhile, didn’t allow any sacks of Carr on 52 drop-backs.

With the Rams having a running game that ranks 31st in the league at 3.7 a carry, LA could be in big trouble yet again.

On the bright side, no matter who starts at QB for LA, he’ll be going against a Raiders pass defense that allows a league-high 70.3 completion rate.

The biggest cloud over the Raiders’ chances is the health of Jacobs, who despite his outstanding play of late, has been on the injury report each week with quad and calf issues. The gamble inside the gamble is that he’ll continue to carry the load. He’s averaged more than 27 carries a game in the past three weeks.

Prediction: Raiders 27, Rams 12

Also read: NFL Week 14 odds | Bookies Battle, Third Quarter

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Bob Christ

Bob Christ, based in New Mexico, has been a gaming writer (primarily the NFL) for almost four decades, with his work appearing in publications/websites across North America. He's a big fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Philadelphia's Eagles and Phillies, and inexplicably the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.

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