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Thursday Night Football betting: 49ers at Rams

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams (+3, 41.5)

Less than eight months removed from a Super Bowl appearance, the San Francisco 49ers are immersed in controversy on and off the field heading into Thursday night's matchup at the St. Louis Rams. San Francisco has dropped two straight, including a stunning 27-7 defeat at home to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. No team played the 49ers tougher last season than the AFC West rival Rams, who battled to a 24-24 tie in San Francisco and beat them in overtime in St. Louis.

The 49ers' issues go beyond back-to-back inept performances - the team is under siege for allowing sack specialist Aldon Smith to play in Sunday's game only two days after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Smith, who has a history of off-field issues, will enter a rehab facility to receive treatment and will miss Thursday's game. St. Louis is seeking a bounce-back effort after it was demolished by the Dallas Cowboys 31-7.

TV: 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network.

LINE: The 49ers opened as a 3.5-point road favorites and have been bet down to -3. The total opened as high as 43.5 and has been moved down to 41.5.

WEATHER: N/A

COVERS POWER RANKINGS:
49ers (-2.5) + Rams (+5.0) + home field (-3.0) = St. Louis +4.5

ABOUT THE 49ERS (1-2, 1-2 ATS): Losing in Seattle in Week 2 wasn't a surprise for San Francisco, but getting bulldozed by the Colts on both sides of the ball sent shock waves through the league. Colin Kaepernick turned in a breathtaking performance by throwing for 412 yards in the season opener but has tossed four interceptions and been limited to a combined 277 yards while leading the 49ers to only 10 points in the past two weeks. The absence of tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring) hurt versus the Colts, while the normally stout defense saw All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis exit Sunday's game with a groin injury.

ABOUT THE RAMS (1-2, 0-3 ATS):
St. Louis posted a gritty comeback victory over Arizona in its season opener but has fallen behind by at least 21 points in back-to-back road losses to Atlanta and Dallas. Quarterback Sam Bradford threw for a season-low 240 yards and was sacked six times against the Cowboys while receiving little help from a ground game that saw starting running back Daryl Richardson play only one snap due to a foot injury. Rookie wideout Tavon Austin, the team's first-round draft pick, has six receptions in each of the first three games but is averaging only 6.6 yards per catch.

TRENDS:


* Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in St. Louis..
* 49ers are 1-5 ATS in their last six meetings.
* Rams are 7-1 ATS in their last eight vs. NFC West.

EXTRA POINTS:


1. Kaepernick made his third career start at St. Louis last season and had a safety and lost a fumble that was returned for a TD.

2. The Rams tied for the lead league with 52 sacks last season, but have only seven through the first three games.

3. LB Smith was second in the league with 19.5 sacks in 2012 and has registered 37 in 35 games.

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Posted by ironman4
1 year ago

Rams 21 49ers 19
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Posted by william82
1 year ago

49ers .. why take the lambs? No freaking defense, , worse than a college football team... i bet u bama can crush them
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Posted by tomnolan
1 year ago

rams rams and more rams. why put my money on a crappy 49er team. I will take the rams quit large thank you!!
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Posted by tomnolan
1 year ago

rams rams and more rams. why put my money on a crappy 49er team. I will take the rams quit large thank you!!
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Posted by william82
1 year ago

And sf it is
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Posted by william82
1 year ago

Sf is the pick
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Posted by william82
1 year ago

Sf
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Posted by hoosline
1 year ago

I'm taking STL +3 and maybe betting the farm if it can hit +4. SF is not good right now and I don't see them fixing their issues on a short week and on the road for that matter. SF has been exposed in the last 2 games, they lost their best Def player and STL basically owned them last year....and that was last year when SF was good! Maybe the true SF will show up Thursday and get back on track. Rams can't run the ball and Bradford looks awful, but I just think the -3 is a sucker bet..or maybe I'm the sucker? guess we will find out Thursday night. Good luck!
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Posted by william82
1 year ago

Sf 38 lambs 0........ 49erss low..
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Posted by tomnolan
1 year ago

"rams rams and more rams. why put my money on a crappy 49er team. I will take the rams quit large thank you!!"