Sunday Night Football Week 6 Picks: Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers

The spate of injuries endured by San Francisco finally caught up with them last week as they were taken apart by the Miami Dolphins and an inspired Ryan Fitzpatrick. They host the 4-1 Rams, who will surely fancy their chances of chalking up another win. Which way does our Betting Analyst, Michael Norbury, see Week 6 Sunday Night Football going in his picks?

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Trouble Up Front

The front seven of the San Francisco defense has been dealt a double hammer blow with the losses of Nick Bosa and Dee Ford to injury. Throw in the offseason departure of DeForest Buckner and the line looks a far cry from the group that took San Francisco all the way to the Super Bowl. Statistically, the 49ers defense doesn’t look too bad, but when you consider their schedule to this point has included the dreadful duo of New York teams and an injury ravaged Eagles offense it’s hard to take it at face value. Sean McVay will be licking his lips in anticipation of unleashing his run heavy offense on this depleted 49ers line up.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes the ball during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)

Quarterback Issues

San Francisco have serious issues at quarterback. Initial back up Nick Mullens stunk the place out against Philadelphia in Week 4, before he was replaced mid-game by C.J. Beathard, who simply isn’t up to this level and they stuttered their way to an ugly defeat. All was supposed to be well in Week 5 as Jimmy Garoppolo returned from his ankle injury, but it couldn’t have gone much worse for Garoppolo, as he looked completely out of sorts and was eventually replaced after throwing for 77 yards on 17 attempts, completing only seven and adding a couple of interceptions for good measure. 

He is apparently fit to go again here, but it takes a leap of faith to think he will be anywhere near 100% after what we saw last week. There’s also the small matter of the struggling offensive line tasked with protecting him from Aaron Donald, if watching a man on one leg trying to escape the most fearsome defender in football is your kind of thing then this game will be right up your street.

The Verdict

The 49ers look broken down on both sides of the ball, meaning this well coached, efficient Rams outfit should see this through with minimum fuss. Take the -3.5, available at 21/20 with BetFred.



michael norbury

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