Rams at Texans spread, odds, picks and trends: Expert predictions for NFL Week 8 game

Favoring the Rams by two possessions? What could go wrong? Last week, Los Angeles closed as 16.5-point favorites against Detroit with 72 percent of money on the Rams to cover. Of course, that wasn’t the case as Matthew Stafford threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns while the defense needed to make three big red zone stops to hold off the Lions. As good as the Rams have been this year in terms of wins and losses, they’re just 4-3 against the spread. Los Angeles opened -14.5 against the Texans.

But we also just saw Houston fail to cover the largest spread of the year. The Texans closed as 20-point underdogs against the Cardinals and provided bettors with false hope by jumping out to a 5-0 lead. Of course, Arizona went on to score the game’s final 31 points Houston’s now been unable to cover spreads of 11, 17.5 and 20 points. Tyrod Taylor could return to practice this week, however, there is no reason to bet the Texans at this point. They’re 1-4 against the spread over the past five weeks. Odds, Over/Under, Moneyline

All odds from BetMGM. Odds updated at 3 a.m. Sunday. Click here for live odds. Betting Trends

The Over is 1-3-1 in Rams games after last game stayed under the points total in their last 5 games

The Rams are 1-5 ATS against a team with a losing record in their last 6 games

The Rams are 0-5 ATS in the central or mountain timezone in their last 5 games

The Texans are 3-10 ATS against a team with a winning record in their last 13 games

The Texans are 2-8 ATS against a top 10 defense in their last 10 games

The Texans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games

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Los Angeles Rams news

In Week 7 Stafford became the 13th player with 300 touchdown passes. He is one of just two quarterbacks to throw three touchdown passes and have a passer rating of at least 115 in four games this season. Stafford’s top target has been Cooper Kupp, who is just the fourth player in the Super Bowl era with at least two touchdown receptions in four of his team’s first seven games. Kupp leads the NFL with 56 receptions, 809 yards and nine touchdown receptions. Houston Texans news

The Texans traded leading rusher Mark Ingram to the Saints this week and will likely rely on running back David Johnson, who has at least 50 yards from scrimmage in two of his past three games, and Phillip Lindsay. Davis Mills has started the last five games and ranks second among rookies with a 64.9 completion percentage. Taylor, who opened the season atop Houston’s QB depth chart, could return. Houston’s lone win came in the only game Taylor started and finished. Receiver Brandin Cooks has caught at least five passes in six of his seven games. Expert picks (Photo of Sean McVay: Katelyn Mulcahy / Getty Images; The Athletic may […]

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