49ers vs. Rams: Week 2 Betting Preview & Predictions

by | 15 September 2023

The 1-0-0 Los Angeles Rams host the 1-0-0 San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The Los Angeles Rams have a point spread of +7 with a money line of -103. The over/under total on the game is currently set at 45½ points.

&The Los Angeles Rams are coached by Sean McVay who has been with the team since 2017. They have a current season record of 1-0-0 after going 5-12 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andSean McVay is no different.

The Los Angeles Rams are coached by Sean McVay who has been with the team since 2017. They have a current season record of 1-0-0 after going 5-12 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andSean McVay is no different.

Matthew Stafford is the quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams. The 35-year-old Georgia alum entered the league in 2009 and is looking for a win in front of the home crowd here. Thus far this season he has started 1 games and throw for 334 yards with a completion percentage of 63.2 percent. Matthew Stafford has thrown 0 touchdowns against 0 interceptions and has a QB Rating of 91.3.

His main target will be Puka Nacua. The home crowd would love to see some fireworks from the 22-year-old target. He has made 10 receptions to date on 15 targets, a catch percentage of 0.667, for a total of 119 yards. Puka Nacua is averaging 11.9 yards per catch with 0 touchdowns thus far. Matthew Stafford will be looking to connect with him for more here.

The Los Angeles Rams running game is lead by the 24-year-old Cam Akers. A big game from him could be the key to controlling the clock here. He’s taken 22 carries and rushed for 29 yards thus far this season. His yards per game currently sits at 29 yards per game, a number that you know Sean McVay would love to see him exceed in this game. Cam Akers has 1 touchdowns this season and 0 fumbles.

Their kicker is Brett Maher who has made 3 of 5 field goals this season, a 0.6 field goal percentage, with a long of 54 yards. The Los Angeles Rams fans don’t want to see him too much, but it’s good to know he can hit one if needed.

Overall, the Los Angeles Rams offense ranks 3 out of 32 teams in Offense DVOA at 0.346440430641759, per FootballOutsiders. This season they have a Red Zone success rate of 1 with 3 Red Zone touchdowns in 3 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Los Angeles Rams have a Defense DVOA of 0.0814527889135936, ranking 22 in the league.

The San Francisco 49ers are on the road for this one. Kyle Shanahan’s squad is 1-0-0 this season after going 13-4 last year. He has been at the helm since 2017 and is looking to grab a road win here. The San Francisco 49ers have a betting line of +7 or you could bet them straight up at -103.

24-year-old Brock Purdy will be under center for this one. He entered the league in 2022 after playing his college days at Iowa State. Brock Purdy has a quarterback rating of 111.3 on 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He’s started 1 games and thrown for 220, a completion percentage of 65.5.

The San Francisco 49ers will look to get the running game going in this match-up and to do that they’ll need a big game from Christian McCaffrey. The 27-year-old back has rushed for 1 touchdowns thus far this season and he’ll look to take it to the house again against the Los Angeles Rams. He’s taken the hand-off 22 times and added 152 yards for the offense. Christian McCaffrey is averaging 152 yards per game for the season and has lost the ball 1 times. A turnover on the road could be seen as unacceptable for Kyle Shanahan so he’ll need to protect the ball here.

On the passing front, Brock Purdy will look to target Deebo Samuel against the Kyle Shanahan defense. Deebo Samuel has 0 touchdowns thus far this season and his team will be looking for more here. On the year, he’s been targeted 7 times and made 5 catches for 55 yards. Deebo Samuel has a catch percentage of 0.714 and his yards per reception is 11.

The team will be looking for touchdowns, but they have Jake Moody to knock down field goals if needed. His season long is a 41 yarder which is always helpful on the road. Jake Moody has made 3 field goals on 41 attempts, a field goal percentage of 1.

According to FootballOutsiders, the San Francisco 49ers offense has a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of 0.108139115349266 which ranks at number 11 out of thirty two teams. If they hope to win on the road, they’ll need to do well in the Red Zone. For the year, they have scored 2 Red Zone touchdowns on 3 attempts, a Red Zone percentage of 0.667.

Key Match-ups:

  • Matthew Stafford QB Rating of 91.3 vs. San Francisco 49ers Defensive Passing YPG of 198
    San Francisco 49ers have 20 interceptions this year and 5 sacks. They are allowing 16.2941176470588 points per game.
  • Cam Akers vs. San Francisco 49ers number 30 ranked DVOA Defense
    Opponents are averaging 3.4 yards per carry against San Francisco 49ers and 77.7058823529412 per game.
  • Brock Purdy QB Rating of 111.3 vs. Los Angeles Rams Pass Defense
  • The Los Angeles Rams defense has allowed 22.5882352941177 points per game thus far this season. They have sacked the quarterback 2 times and picked him off 16 times.
  • Christian McCaffrey vs. Los Angeles Rams Defense
    Los Angeles Rams is giving up 115.058823529412 yards per game on 4.3 per carry thus far this season.