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Wentz Out Against Rams for Week 15 Sunday Night Football Betting

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D.S. Williamson

December 16th, 2018

The Los Angeles Rams host the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15 Sunday Night Football betting a week removed from only their second loss of the season in one of the most important battles of the weekend. Chicago beat Los Angeles 15-6 last week and the Rams couldn't get anything going. Jared Goff only completed 45% of his passes for 180 yards. He threw 4 interceptions. Todd Gurley averaged 2.5 yards per carry when rushing for 28 yards on 11 attempts. It was strange to see the Rams implode when they had the ball. They hadn’t done that at any point this season.

A reprieve is in sight with Philadelphia coming to town. The Eagles have had more downs than ups through the season with none hurting more than blowing a lead against Dallas last Sunday night. A few days later, the team discovered that Carson Wentz was nursing a back injury that turned out to be a fractured vertebrae. Wentz is definitely out this Sunday night, and might be finished for the season.

Any hopes of returning to the grand stage of the Super Bowl and defending their championship is pinned on beating the Rams as 10.5 point underdogs in Week 15 Sunday Night Football betting. A season of promise and hope for Philadlephia has gone from bad to worse to even worse than anyone could have imagined.

NFL WEEK 15 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BETTING Philadelphia Eagles at L.A. Rams Sunday, December 16th – L.A. Memorial Coliseum – 8:20pm ET Odds: Rams -10.5 (52.5)



Eagles Face Must-Win Game

Philly’s in a tough situation. They’re a couple of games behind the Seattle Seahawks in the race for a wildcard. They’re a half a game behind the Minnesota Vikings in the wildcard race. They’re tied with NFC East rival Washington and the Carolina Panthers at 6-7.

With 3 weeks left, a lot has yet to be decided. The Eagles don’t face outright playoff elimination on Sunday night, but they can’t begin to help their cause with a loss. This line has been moving away from Philadelphia since it opened, and that was before Wentz was ruled out.

That’s a bad sign for Philly ahead of their Week 15 Sunday Night Football betting matchup as a big dog. Then again, the Eagles have played much better in recent weeks. They beat the scorching Giants on Nov. 25 and then handled their business against Washington on Dec. 3.

Nick Foles returns to the starting lineup and the Super Bowl MVP is 1-1 SU as a starter this season, but was inconsistent throughout. He did replace Carson Wentz at this point this season, but it's so hard to have faith in him given how bad he was earlier this year. Foles posted a 78.9 rating in two games.

Rams Playing for Homefield

The L.A. Rams still have a big shot at grabbing home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The loss to the Bears stings because the Saints wrestled back home field after they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

No team can expect to beat New Orleans in the Superdome. Sean Payton’s undefeated in Saints’ home playoff games. For Los Angeles to feel comfortable that they can make the Super Bowl, they must win out and hope New Orleans loses at least once more.

The Rams aren’t in control of what the Saints do. They are in control of what they do. Beating Philadelphia keeps home field hopes alive.

Week 15 Sunday Night Football Betting Analysis

Without Wentz, the feeling is that the Rams are a lock. Trends tell us a different story. The Eagles are 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 in Los Angeles. The Rams are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 at home versus a team with a losing road record, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6, and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 at home.

To me, psychology could have a lot to do with who covers on Sunday. The Eagles are desperate while L.A. might suffer some of the effects from last Sunday night’s beat down. Not only that, but I’ve watched the Rams play a lot in the last month and they look disinterested and tired. The Bears game brought to light their weaknesses.

The Rams have been a very rough bet all season long, and the Eagles have more to play for than people think. The obvious play is the Rams bouncing back after a loss, but the more subtle one is the Eagles on the backdoor cover. This is just a lot of points, even with the circumstances.

NFL Week 15 Sunday Night Football Betting Free Pick: Eagles +10.5

 
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