Lions Rise To Occasion At Home Again, Push Rams To Limit

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Matthew Jordan

Monday, November 26, 2018 2:07 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 2:07 PM UTC

It’s potentially a trap game on Sunday for the Los Angeles Rams, who can clinch the NFC West with a victory at the struggling Detroit Lions. Bet confidently with tips from SBRpicks.com. 

Matt’s 2018 Individual Game Record: 8-6 (ATS & O/U)

Los Angeles Rams (10-1 SU, 4-6-1 ATS) at Detroit (4-7 SU, 6-5 ATS)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)Free NFL Pick: Lions (at +10.5)Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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We could have our first playoff berth clinched on Sunday as the Los Angeles Rams would repeat as NFC West champions with a victory in Detroit. The Rams still would with a loss if Seattle were to lose at home to San Francisco, which is quite unlikely.

There’s no question that the Rams are significantly better than the Lions, but this feels like a potential letdown game. Yes, I’m aware the Rams are off their bye, but how aren’t they just a bit flat from that epic 54-51 victory on Monday night in Week 11 against the Chiefs? It was the first time in league history that both teams scored at least 50 points in a game. Teams scoring at least half a hundred had been 216-0 all-time. Sorry, Chiefs fans!

That the Rams hung 54 on Kansas City was even more remarkable when one considers that Todd Gurley had a very quiet night with no TDs, 55 yards on 12 carries and three catches for 39 yards. Jared Goff was masterful in throwing for 413 yards and four scores and rushing for a touchdown. Entering that game, Goff had never thrown a go-ahead touchdown pass in the final 11 minutes of regulation. He had two vs. Kansas City.

Believe it or not, there was some defense played. Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam became the first player with a sack, interception and multiple touchdowns in a single game since sacks became official in 1982. The Rams scored 21 points off turnovers, while the Chiefs scored seven.

L.A. is expected to get back top corner Aqib Talib this week. He hasn’t played since Week 3 vs. the Chargers.

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Not one, but TWO touchdowns for @samysosa_3!

All-22: Breaking down Ebukam’s pick-6. pic.twitter.com/BWiUlKkn3E

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 24, 2018
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Detroit Simply Playing Out String

The Lions have won three of the past four vs. the Rams, with the teams last playing Week 6 at Ford Field. Detroit won that 31-28 on a Matt Prater 34-yard field goal with 1:29 left. Matthew Stafford threw four TD passes, while Case Keenum was the L.A. starter then and threw three scores.

Detroit is simply playing for pride at this point. It was a 23-16 home loser to Chicago on Thanksgiving. Stafford had a game to forget, throwing two fourth-quarter picks. One was returned 41-yards by Eddie Jackson for the game-winning TD, and the second was in the Chicago end zone with just over a minute to go that clinched it for the Bears. The Lions now have matched their loss total from each of the past two seasons.

The Lions were without starting receiver Marvin Jones and excellent rookie running back Kerryon Johnson vs. Chicago due to injury. Jones, who sat a second straight game, has 35 catches for 508 yards and five touchdowns this year and landed on IR Monday so his year is done. Johnson has rushed 118 times for 641 yards and three touchdowns to go with 32 catches for 213 yards.

Detroit has yet to top 32 points in any game and has been held to 20 or fewer in five of 11 contests. The Rams have scored at least 30 in all but two games.

  • Rams are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
  • Home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

Detroit has played well at times at home this year, beating New England, Green Bay and Carolina there. We think the Lions rise to the occasion again. Not saying there will be an upset, but we’re taking the points for an NFL pick.

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