VIP Pigskin Picks | In what has become an offense oriented league in recent seasons the woes being endured by teams such as Carolina and Cincinnati are both troubling and surprising. Both teams have what are considered balanced if not potent offenses directed by veteran quarterbacks who have had prior success.
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LA Rams -2.5 at San Francisco (41): Neither team is expected to challenge for even a .500 record. Both teams have new head coaches and a core of young talent, especially on defense, which should be the strength of each while their respective offenses develop. The 49ers have faced much better early competition, losing to Carolina and at Seattle while the Rams routed Indianapolis and lost a competitive game to Washington. Both of those games were at home, which suggests a decline in performance in their first road test. In what handicaps as a low scoring contest the preference is to take the points with the home dog. SAN FRANCISCO