Not including Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Rams have played two playoff road games since returning to their original home from St. Louis in 2016, winning both. After posting a controversial overtime victory at New Orleans in the 2018 NFC Championship Game, they upset Seattle 30-20 in this year's Wild Card round. The Rams will hope to continue their postseason success away from home when they visit the top-seeded Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round on Saturday. Kickoff from Lambeau Field is scheduled for 4:35 p.m. ET as part of the 2021 NFL Playoffs.
Los Angeles (11-6) qualified for the NFL playoff bracket for the third time during coach Sean McVay's four-year tenure despite dealing with injuries to key offensive players. The Packers (13-3) have won the NFC North in Matt LaFleur's first two seasons at the helm after failing to reach the postseason in back-to-back seasons. Green Bay is a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Packers vs. Rams odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 45.5. Before finalizing any Rams vs. Packers picks or NFL predictions, see what SportsLine's resident Green Bay expert, R.J. White, has to say.
CBS Sports' Fantasy and gambling editor, White entered the playoffs on a sizzling 76-52-5 run. It's no surprise, as White twice has cashed huge in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
In addition, White is on an astounding 42-11 run on his NFL picks involving Green Bay. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
- Packers vs. Rams spread: Green Bay -6.5
- Packers vs. Rams over-under: 45.5 points
- Packers vs. Rams money line: Green Bay -310, Los Angeles +255
- GB: Packers are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight playoff games
- LA: Rams have failed to cover six straight meetings with Green Bay
Why the Packers can cover
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the NFL with a franchise-record 48 touchdown passes, throwing at least two in 14 games and tossing four in half of those contests. Of those 48 scoring throws, wide receiver Davante Adams hauled in a league-high 18, good for third-most in a season in NFL history. With a career-high 115 receptions, the 28-year-old wideout from Fresno State joined Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Randy Moss as the only wide receivers ever to record at least 110 catches and 15 TDs in a season.
Fellow wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling also set career-highs in 2020 with 690 receiving yards and six scores, including a 72-yarder against Chicago in the regular-season finale. The 26-year-old is the first member of the Packers since Jordy Nelson (2014) with two touchdowns of at least 70 yards in a season.
Tight end Robert Tonyan, who found the end zone in six of his last seven games, had 52 catches for 586 yards and 11 TDs after registering 14-177-2 over his first two NFL seasons.
Why the Rams can cover
Cam Akers recorded just one 100-yard performance and ran for only two touchdowns during the regular season but recorded 131 yards and a score in Los Angeles' Wild Card victory. The 21-year-old from Florida State finished the contest with 176 scrimmage yards, the third-highest total by a rookie in NFL postseason history behind Timmy Smith (213) and Billy Cannon (178).
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald recorded two of Los Angeles' five sacks against Seattle after finishing second in the NFL during the regular season with 13.5. The 29-year-old, who is likely to play on Saturday after suffering a rib injury last weekend, has registered the most sacks by a player in his first seven seasons (85.5) since the statistic became official in 1982 and is the fourth defender to notch at least eight every year in that span.
The Rams were second in the league in 2020 with 53 sacks and allowed fewest touchdown passes (17) and points per game (18.5) while ranking first against the pass (190.7 yards) and in total defense (281.9).
How to make Packers vs. Rams picks
White has analyzed this matchup, and while he's leaning under on the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He's only sharing it here.
So who wins Rams vs. Packers in the NFL Playoffs 2021? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Rams vs. Packers spread you need to jump on Saturday, all from the expert who is an incredible 42-11 on Packers picks, and find out.