LOS ANGELES RAMS @ WASHINGTON

We’ve had out first QB benching of the season and somewhat unsurprisingly it’s Washington’s Dwayne Haskins who hasn’t only been replaced as the teams starter but has been demoted to 3rd stringer after Alex Smith was named as Kyle Allen’s backup, not sure how many QB’s have been benched after posting 300+ yards but there you go! In terms of how they’ve fared on offense its been a slow start but star pass catcher Terry McLaurin has been the highlight of the team and already has two 100+ yard receiving games already this season whilst rookie runner Antonio Gibson looks like he could have something but talent and potential are on thing whilst production is another entirely and the offense as a whole hasn’t done enough to win games and ranks 30th in the NFL in points scored and the same in rushing yards per game, they’ll be hoping Kyle Allen can rejuvenate  this offense and find a way to put more points on the board. The Defense started the season on fire but some injuries to that vaunted D-Line have maybe taken some shine from it but the pass defense is still a top 5 unit in the league and that’s mainly because of the pressure the front 4 are able to generate. They are susceptible to the run though and unfortunately for them that does not bode well with the Rams coming to town.

The Rams got themselves back in the win column in week 4 with a scrappy, ugly game with the New York Giants and although they were never really at risk of losing the game mainly because of how poor Daniel Jones looked, they were unimpressive In picking up the win. The Rams have been solid on Defense especially against the pass where they’re a top 10 unit but the teams real strength lay in the offense’s ability to run the ball which as I’ve said multiple times already is huge for their ability to get Jared Goff going in the passing game but seeing how Washington have struggled to stop the run this season I wouldn’t be surprised to see McVay allow the run game to be established not to open up the pass but to take advantage of a strength vs weakness matchup in the Rams’ favour.

There’s always a chance the new starting QB comes in and gives his team a boost and they get the win but I’m going to take the better football team to win a run heavy game. I don’t see how Washington can stop the Rams rush attack nor put up enough points to cause them any real trouble. The problem we have betting this game is Sean McVay’s insistence on rolling with this backfield by committee approach which means we’re never sure which Running Back he’s going to feed the rock any given week so I’ve decided to focus on another weakness of Washington’s which is keeping Tight End’s out of the End Zone and although the Rams like to talk about a shared pass catching duties for their two TE’s the big difference in offensive snaps and targets leads me backing Tyler Higbee to find pay dirt for the fourth time this season.

PREDICTION: RAMS 21 – 10 WASHINGTON

BEST BET: Tyler Higbee Anytime TD @ 2/1 with Betfred. 0.5 point bet.

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