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NFL Thursday Night Football predictions & betting tips: Best bets for Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

Leigh Copson 19 Sep 2017
  • Get free predictions & betting tips for Week 3 of the NFL season
  • The 1-1 Los Angeles Rams visit the 0-2 San Francisco 49ers on Thursday
  • San Francisco won both meetings with Los Angeles last season

NFL Thursday Night Football predictions for Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season. Will the Los Angeles Rams avenge the season sweep they suffered in 2016 or can the San Francisco 49ers finally register their first win of the 2017 season? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers Predictions

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers Betting Tips Explained

Last week’s Thursday Night Football matchup proved to be a profitable one of the team as we went 2/2 on the Houston Texans at the Cincinnati Bengals. New England’s shock defeat to Kansas City in Week 1 did not give us the best of starts, but Week 2 was a whole different story as the Texans won a low-scoring encounter with the Bengals, landing us 2/1 (Houston to win) and Even money (Under 38 Total Points) winners in the process. So what are we predicting for Week 3?

It is the turn of the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers to kick off the week’s NFL action, with the visiting Rams aiming to climb above .500 while the 49ers aim to finally put a ‘1’ in the win column.

Despite a season of struggle the Niners did the double over Los Angeles last season, whitewashing the Rams 28-0 at Levi’s Stadium before edging a 22-21 victory at the Coliseum thanks to a run of 15 unanswered points in the final five minutes of the game. But if they are going to get the better of the Rams once again on Thursday night they are going to have to show some serious improvement on offense after a miserable start to the season.

There were major concerns about the 49ers offense heading into the new season and those fears have played out during defeats to Carolina and Seattle. The Panthers and Seahawks both boast strong defensive units, but they were barely challenged by a dreadful Niners offense that has managed just 465 total yards and no touchdowns through their first two games, with all nine points coming via the boot of reliable kicker Robbie Gould. And it is not like they have even been getting close to the endzone – in two games they have entered the opposition’s redzone just three times while they have got inside their opponent’s 10 yard line on only one occasion.

No San Francisco team has ever been this poor on offense through the first two games and it is no surprise. Quarterback Brian Hoyer has shown exactly why he has had four teams in four years, but at the same time he has not had much help from an offensive line that resembles a bunch of human turnstiles, offering little protection. They lack a real threat at wide receiver and the only offensive player that deserves some credit at this time is running back Carlos Hyde, who averaged 8.3 yards per carry in a 124-yard showing against Seattle. But he cannot do it all on his own.

Defensively there were more encouraging signs as they restricted Seattle to two field goals and a fourth-quarter touchdown on Sunday, and San Francisco will need their defense to match those efforts on Thursday night if they are to beat the Rams.

Los Angeles were unable to follow up their 46-9 opening-day demolition of the Indianapolis Colts, falling to a 27-20 defeat at home to the Washington Redskins, but it has been a promising start to the season for the Rams. Second year quarterback Jared Goff has shown signs of development through the first two games, while running back Todd Gurley is looking like the player he was in 2015 after a disappointing 2016 season. They appear to be in better shape than they were when they visited Levi’s Stadium a year ago and I am backing them to leave with the ‘W’ this time around.

I also suggest backing the 49ers to struggle to put points on the board. Three trips to the redzone and one visit inside the opposition’s 10 yard line say all you need to know about this offense. If they are struggling to move the ball deep into opposition territory they are going to need big plays to find the endzone, but this offense is not capable of that. San Francisco are going to find points hard to come by and I am somewhat surprised you can get 9/5 about Under 17 Points. Take it!

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Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers Predictions

Previous NFL Thursday Night Football Tips

Previous NFL Thursday Night Football Tips (winners in bold)

(10pt STAKE)
Week 1Patriots by 1-13 pts @ EVSBrandin Cooks Anytime TD @ 5/4-20
Week 2Houston Texans to win @ 2/1Under 38 Total Points @ EVS+5
Week 3LA Rams win @ 3/4SF -17 Points @ 9/5-3

2017 NFL Thursday Night Football Schedule

NFL Thursday Night Football Schedule (all times UK)

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
29 Sep 2017 01:25Chicago Bears at Green Bay PackersLambeau Field
06 Oct 2017 01:25New England Patriots at Tampa Bay BuccaneersRaymond James Stadium
13 Oct 2017 01:25Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina PanthersBank Of America Stadium
20 Oct 2017 01:25Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland RaidersOakland Alameda Coliseum
27 Oct 2017 01:25Miami Dolphins at Baltimore RavensM&T Bank Stadium
03 Nov 2017 01:25Buffalo Bills at New York JetsMetLife Stadium
10 Nov 2017 01:25Seattle Seahawks at Arizona CardinalsUniversity Of Phoenix Stadium
17 Nov 2017 01:25Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh SteelersHeinz Field
23 Nov 2017 17:30Minnesota Vikings at Detroit LionsFord Field
23 Nov 2017 21:30Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium
24 Nov 2017 01:30New York Giants at Washington RedskinsFedExField
01 Dec 2017 01:25Washington Redskins at Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium
08 Dec 2017 01:25New Orleans Saints at Atlanta FalconsGeorgia Dome
15 Dec 2017 01:25Denver Broncos at Indianapolis ColtsLucas Oil Stadium

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