Following a difficult three-game road stretch, the undefeated Los Angeles Rams face another test Sunday at 4:25 p.m. when they host the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are looking for a signature win for an erratic club trying to stay alive in the wide-open NFC North. The Rams all but have the NFC West already wrapped up, but hope to avoid a letdown while again proving their mettle against a fellow NFC contender. The Rams are nine-point sportsbook favorites in the latest Rams vs. Packers odds, up from an open of -8. The over-under for total points scored has dropped from 57 to 56.5, still the highest of any Week 8 game. Before you lock in your Rams vs. Packers picks, you need to hear what SportsLine expert R.J. White has to say.
White was SportsLine's most profitable NFL analyst last season and returned $100 bettors a profit of nearly $2,000. The renowned prognosticator has cashed big in two of the last three prestigious Las Vegas SuperContests and now turns his eye toward Sunday's game.
White has a strong history of success in handicapping these teams as well, which includes an unheard-of 34-7 mark in against the spread picks involving the Packers or Rams.
Three weeks ago, White advised SportsLine members that the Rams were in for a fight from the rebuilding Seahawks, so he recommended backing Seattle as a 7.5-point home underdog. The result: the Rams pulled out a tight 33-31 victory, and anyone who followed White's advice booked another easy winner.
Now, he has scrutinized Packers vs. Rams from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he's only sharing at SportsLine.
White knows that those who believe Aaron Rodgers is the top signal-caller in the game have his two dynamic comebacks this season to point toward as proof. What's more, a Rodgers-led club has never been this big of a point-spread underdog. And Green Bay should have Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison in the lineup after both sat last game with hamstring injuries.
Green Bay has the fourth-rated overall offense, but its scoring average of 24.7 points per game is just No. 16 in the NFL, suggesting the Packers have trouble finishing off drives. They have also failed to make significant strides in the run game, as their No. 20-ranked attack (103.7 ypg) shows. Jamaal Williams leads the team with 224 rushing yards, and Rodgers is third with 111.
Green Bay (3-2-1) has covered the last five meetings in this series, but that doesn't mean it is destined to make it six straight against a Los Angeles club that is the odds-on 2019 Super Bowl favorite.
The Rams (7-0) already have withstood several serious tests, beating the Vikings and Chargers by 19 combined points. They also showed poise in difficult road environments to overcome inspired performances by Seattle and Denver for narrow victories.
The Rams rank fourth in scoring defense (18.3 ppg) and have the NFL's second-ranked offense with 446.4 yards per game. Their scoring offense (33.6 ppg) is third in the league.
We can tell you White is leaning toward the Over, but his much stronger play is on the side. White has scrutinized this matchup from every angle, crunched the stats, and found a crucial X-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. It's only available at SportsLine.
Who covers in Packers vs. Rams? And what crucial X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side you need to jump on Sunday, all from the top NFL analyst who's hitting an astounding 83 percent of his picks involving these teams, and find out.