49ers are Slight NFL Betting Favorites Against Rams in Week 17

Written by Eric Williams on Friday,December 29, 2017 2:50, EDT

The San Francisco 49ers will look to close out their 2017 regular season on a positive note when they take on a Los Angeles Rams team that doesn’t have much to play for in Week 17 with their ticket to the postseason already punched. Will the Niners remain unbeaten under Jimmy G or will the Rams put up a fight to hit the playoffs with a good feeling? Let’s find out right now which one of these NFC West rivals is offering the best value against their Week 17 NFL betting odds.

San Francisco 49ers (5-10) at L.A. Rams (11-4) NFL Betting Analysis

  • When: Sunday, December 31, 2017, 4:25 PM ET
  • Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
  • TV: FOX
  • Radio: 680 AM (San Francisco) / 710 AM (Los Angeles)
  • Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
  • NFL Betting Odds: San Francisco 49ers -3.5 (Over/Under at 43.5 points)

Weather Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy: 19°C/67°F
  • Humidity: 46%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 53%
  • Wind: 4 mph SW
  • Stadium Type: Open

Saints vs. Buccaneers Week 17 Game Info, NFL Lines & Prediction

Series History

  • Total Meetings: 136
  • First Meeting: October 1, 1950 / Los Angeles Rams 35 – San Francisco 49ers 14
  • Last Meeting: September 21, 2017 / Los Angeles Rams 41 – San Francisco 49ers 39
  • All-Time Series: San Francisco 49ers lead 68–65–3
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Los Angeles Rams by 49 points
  • Longest Win Streak: San Francisco 49ers winning 17
  • Current Win Streak: Los Angeles Rams winning 1

Why Bet on the San Francisco 49ers?

Why bet on the Niners in this contest? Well, because they haven’t lost with Jimmy Garoppolo under center and they want to finish their 2017 campaign on a positive note!

San Francisco has won four straight and five of their last six games and has yet to lose a contest that Garoppolo has started. The Niners pounded the playoff-bound Jacksonville Jaguars 44-33 last weekend as Garoppolo tossed a pair of TD passes and Frisco got three rushing scores.

“I am really happy for Jimmy and he’s worked really hard,” New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said about his former backup. “It shows up when he goes out there and plays really well.”

The Niners have clearly been energized by the play of their new quarterback, who they’ll look to sign to a long-term deal in the offseason.

“Since Jimmy G. got here, things have been a lot different,” 49ers running back Carlos Hyde said. “Things have been feeling really good around here. It’s been a good vibe. That energy in the locker room right now is really good. Guys are teeing off that and ready to play.”

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Average Score For: 19.80
  • Total Yards: 341.73
  • Rush Yards: 99.53
  • Passing Yards: 242.20

Defense

  • Average Score Against: 24.67
  • Total Yards: 358.27
  • Rush Yards: 117.27
  • Passing Yards: 241.00

Why Bet on the Los Angeles Rams?

Why bet on the Rams in their regular-season finale? Because they’re the better team on both sides of the ball!

The Rams have won two straight and four of five and come into this regular season finale off a hard-fought 27-23 win over desperate Tennessee last weekend. After going 4-12 a year ago, the revamped Rams are guaranteed to be either the NFC’s No. 3 or 4 seed in the playoffs and will host a wild-card game either Jan. 6 or 7. Now, the big question for head coach Sean McVay is how long he’ll play his starters in this contest.

The Rams are already qualified for the postseason, which is why they come in as the underdogs at the NFL Betting Odds for Week 17.

McVay is reportedly leaning toward giving left tackle Andrew Whitworth and/or center John Sullivan the day off, but that could spell trouble for quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley.

“If you do go with a Whitworth and a Sullivan (sitting out),” McVay said Tuesday, “then how does that affect a Jared and a Todd, but those things are all definitely connected and those will be things that we are going to continue to discuss as the week progresses.”

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Average Score For: 31.00
  • Total Yards: 368.87
  • Rush Yards: 123.07
  • Passing Yards: 245.80

Defense

  • Average Score Against: 19.67
  • Total Yards: 331.67
  • Rush Yards: 119.20
  • Passing Yards: 212.47

Latest NFL Betting Trends for Week 17

  • San Francisco is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • San Francisco is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco’s last 7 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Rams’ last 5 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

The Rams have had an absolutely incredible 2017 season in clinching their first division title in 14 years! However, L.A. really has nothing left to play for as they can get no higher than the third seed. On the flip side of the coin, the Niners have been completely rejuvenated by the eye-opening play of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and have won four straight since he took over as the starter including their stunning 44-33 win over Jacksonville this past weekend.

While the Rams mostly rest their starters, the Niners go all out for the win and they get it to improve on their perfect 4-0 ATS mark in their last four meetings against the Rams.

Week 17 NFL Betting Pick: San Francisco 49ers -3.5