Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams Thursday Night Football Betting Preview

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Rams Thursday Night Football Betting Preview

Ayden Fahlstrom
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On Thursday Night Football this week, the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Rams will clash at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Both teams are under the .500 mark coming into Week 14 and have failed to live up to the lofty expectations set for them coming into the year.

But, a win in primetime could be a nice boost heading into the final month of the season as both sides look to right the ship in this West coast clash.

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Las Vegas Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders come into this contest as seven point favorites, having won three straight games, as they have gone from 2-7 to 5-7 on the season. Their latest triumph came last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, as Davante Adams had 177 receiving yards against a Chargers secondary that was ill-equipped to cover him. This week, the Raiders will look for similar outputs from Adams along with running back Josh Jacobs.

Jacobs has rushed for 482 yards over his last three games for the Raiders, as the Las Vegas offense is starting to resemble what they were expected to look like early in the season.

If the Raiders can continue to be a threat both on the ground and through the air in this contest, they could very easily come away with a fourth straight win. That would move them to within a game of the .500 mark on the year, and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams have had a disastrous 2022 season, losing six straight games and sitting at 3-9 on the year. Making matters worse, their quarterback-wide receiver tandem of Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford are both on injured reserve.

That has forced the Rams to pick up Baker Mayfield off of waivers, after Mayfield was recently let go by the Carolina Panthers after less than a season in Charlotte.

The big question coming into this game for the Rams is who will start at quarterback with Stafford out. John Wolford and Bryce Perkins have both taken shots at starting for Los Angeles, with both failing to get the team back into the win column.

Sean McVay has not confirmed or denied whether Mayfield could see the field tonight, but he could not possibly be worse than anything the Rams have put out there lately.

Keys To The Game

For the Raiders, defense is going to be the number one key to this Thursday night matchup. Their offense has been much improved as of late, but that does not mean much if they fail to get stops against a Rams team that is deficient at the quarterback position at the moment.

Maxx Crosby and the pass rush of the Raiders will be especially valuable as they have the ability to keep a quarterback who is inexperienced with the first team offense under duress.

On the Rams side, running the football has not been a strong suit this season, but it is the key to this game. No matter who is at quarterback on Thursday night for Los Angeles, it will be someone who is not used to playing quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams on this stage. Running the football and creating manageable situations for whoever the quarterback is will be vital.

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