Rams vs. Saints Point Spread: NFC Championship Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 14, 2019

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New Orleans – our projected Super Bowl winner back in August -- is in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the franchise won its only Super Bowl following the 2009 season.

L.A. Rams
13-3
AT
January 20, 2019, 3:05 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Pointspread +3 -105
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +55.5

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Pointspread -3 -115
Moneyline -160
Over / Under u +55.5

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Betting Action

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Just like in the AFC, the NFC Championship Game is chalk as the No. 1 New Orleans Saints host the No. 2 Los Angeles Rams in the first game on Championship Sunday.

NFL Playoffs Point Spread and Betting Analysis

New Orleans – our projected Super Bowl winner back in August — is in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the franchise won its only Super Bowl following the 2009 season. The Rams are in it for the first time since the 2001 season when the St. Louis Rams lost to New England in Super Bowl XXXVI. It’s the second playoff meeting all-time between the Rams and Saints. New Orleans beat St. Louis in a Dec. 30, 2000, Wild Card Game.

The Saints and Rams both finished the regular season at 13-3, and the reason this game is in New Orleans is because the Saints beat L.A. 45-35 in Week 9. The Saints had 487 yards of offence with Drew Brees throwing for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Alvin Kamara rushed for two scores and caught one. Michael Thomas was unstoppable with 12 catches for 211 and a TD. The Rams had 483 yards with Jared Goff throwing for 391 and three scores. Todd Gurley had a rushing TD but was largely kept in check.

New Orleans is the +160 Super Bowl favourite with L.A. the +340 long shot. The home team has covered the past seven in the series.

Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles advanced with a 30-22 home win over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. Gurley returned after missing the final two regular-season games with a knee injury and had 115 yards and a score on 16 carries. When Gurley was out, the Rams signed C.J. Anderson off the street and he was great. That continued vs. the Cowboys with 123 yards and two scores on 23 carries. Dallas had one of the better run defences in the NFL during the season but that unit was mauled for 273 yards. Goff didn’t have to do much (186 yards, not TDs) because the ground attack was working so well. On the flip side, the Rams held Ezekiel Elliott to 47 yards rushing. At age 32, Sean McVay is the youngest head coach to win a playoff game.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints improved to 6-0 all-time in home playoff games under Brees and Coach Sean Payton by overcoming an early 14-0 deficit to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and winning 20-14 – the biggest playoff comeback win in franchise history. Brees threw for 301 yards and two scores, with Thomas catching 12 for 171 and a score. Marcus Lattimore was the star on defence with two interceptions of Nick Foles, including at the Saints’ 27 with just under two minutes left to clinch it. The ball should have been caught by Philly receiver Alshon Jeffery but bounced off his hands. The news wasn’t all good for New Orleans as excellent defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins suffered a likely season-ending injury.

Rams vs. Saints Prediction

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