Detroit Lions vs Los Angeles Rams Prediction for January 14

This Sunday evening, the NFC Wildcard Playoffs will feature a thrilling battle as the Los Angeles Rams take on the Detroit Lions. This game is set to add an extra layer of thrill to the postseason. Stay tuned to see which team advances in the playoffs.

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The upcoming match is particularly noteworthy as it brings together Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff, quarterbacks for the Rams and Lions respectively, against their previous teams. This fascinating face-off originates from a significant 2021 trade, where Stafford joined the Rams in exchange for Goff. The Rams, currently the 6th seed in the NFC and second in the NFC West, stand out as the only NFC team with a 10-7 record. On the other hand, the Lions secured the 3rd seed by leading the NFC North. They share the same record as the 49ers and Cowboys, but stand behind due to the 49ers’ higher win percentage in NFC games and a pivotal Week 17 loss to the Cowboys.

The game is set for 20:00 ET on Sunday, January 14, 2024, which is 01:00 a.m. GMT on Monday, January 15, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

This article offers sports betting tips and predictions for the Los Angeles Rams vs Detroit Lions game on January 14. It includes the latest odds, key statistics, team updates, and expected starting lineups.

Detroit Lions vs Los Angeles Rams latest odds on betting sites 

The moneyline odds for the Detroit Lions are set at 1.62 (-162 American), and for the Los Angeles Rams, the odds are at 2.40 (+140).

Over/Under:

  • Over 52.0 points: 1.92 (-109)
  • Under 52.0 points: 1.91 (-110)

Spread:

  • Detroit Lions -3.0: 1.89 (-112)
  • Los Angeles Rams +3.0: 1.95 (-105)

Detroit Lions vs Los Angeles Rams match preview and statistics

Detroit Lions: During the season, the Lions ranked 5th in scoring, averaging 27.1 points per game, but defensively, they were 23rd, allowing 23.2 points per game. Linebacker Alex Anzalone was key, leading in tackles with 129 and adding three sacks.

Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson led the team with 11.5 sacks, highlighting his ability to disrupt offenses. Safety Kerby Joseph topped the secondary with four interceptions, strengthening the defense.

The Lions were effective in creating turnovers, forcing 23, but their offense also turned over the ball 23 times.

Detroit Lions team news: Tight ends Sam LaPorta, James Mitchell, wide receiver Kalif Raymond, and cornerback Jerry Jacobs are questionable for the game.

Los Angeles Rams: The Rams ranked 8th in NFL scoring, averaging 23.8 points per game. Their defense, at 19th, allowed an average of 22.2 points per game. Linebacker Ernest Jones was a standout with 145 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Defensive end Kobie Turner led the Rams in sacks with nine, followed closely by Aaron Donald with eight. In the secondary, Jordan Fuller and Ahkello Witherspoon each had three interceptions, leading the team in this area.

The Rams’ defense was adept at forcing turnovers with 15 for the season, but their offense struggled, turning over the ball 18 times.

Los Angeles Rams team news: Tight end Tyler Higbee, offensive tackle Joe Noteboom, offensive guard Kevin Dotson, linebacker Troy Reeder, and safety Jordan Fuller are questionable for the game.

Rams vs Lions H2H

The Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills have met 87 times in the NFL, with just one of those games being a playoff encounter. The Los Angeles Rams lead with 45 victories, while the Detroit Lions have 41 wins. There has been one tie in their matchups. The Rams emerged victorious in the only playoff game between the two teams.

Detroit Lions vs Los Angeles Rams key players

Matthew Stafford finished the NFL season ranked 11th in passing yards, averaging 264.3 yards per game. He also had a solid 24 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Facing his former team, Stafford enters this game with something to prove.

Jared Goff has had a strong season as the Lions’ quarterback. He completed 67.3% of his passes, totaling 4,575 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, along with two rushing touchdowns. Goff, like Stafford, faces his former team with a point to prove.

Los Angeles Rams vs Detroit Lions predictions

The seasoned experience of the Rams’ players is pivotal for their road victory chances. With Matthew Stafford being a superior quarterback compared to Jared Goff and the Lions’ defense showing inconsistency, the Rams have an advantage. Their offense is notably stronger, especially with Kyren Williams back in the lineup.

Since week 11, the Rams’ only defeat was an overtime loss on the road to the AFC’s top team. They have won three of their last four games against the Lions. Matching the Lions’ offensive capabilities, the Rams have scored 25 or more points in six of their last seven games. They are favored to cover the spread in this matchup.

The prediction for the game is that the Los Angeles Rams will cover the spread and the total score will be under 52.0 points.

  • Betting prediction: Los Angeles Rams +3.0
  • Odds: 1.95 (-105 American)
  • Betting prediction: Under 52.0 points
  • Odds: 1.91 (-110 American)
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