The LA Rams are 6-1 and are facing their final contest of October 2021, a road game against the Houston Texans. By all accounts, the three-game stretch to finish out this month was always going to be the easiest in the 2021 NFL season. So far, the team has won two of those games, and now turn their attention to Week 8 and potentially the team’s fourth consecutive victory.
The LA Rams defeated the New York Giants relatively easily on the road but struggled a bit when facing the winless Detroit Lions at home. Still, wins are wins, and the team has already earned their sixth win. Now they will be tested by a Houston Texans team (1-6) that has not found much success this season.
The Rams will continue to play without both OLB Justin Hollins and DB Darious Williams, both players remain on IR. The Rams had also lost TE Johnny Mundt and RB Jake Funk last week for the season. For now, the only reports about player health have been an early report indicating that veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth is a bit banged up regarding his knee. That could bear monitoring.
Of course, we’ll learn more as the week progresses. The offense is improving with each week, currently the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the NFL (up from sixth). The Texans are the 31st-ranked offense in the NFL. Likewise, the defense is the eighth-ranked stingiest NFL defense (up from ninth), while the Texans are the 28th-ranked defense.
This game is rather important for several reasons. Even as the Rams have improved to 6-1, they continue to trail the undefeated Arizona Cardinals, who have improved to 7-0 and have added an ideal tight end, Zach Ertz, to round out their offensive assault. The Cardinals will host the Green Bay Packers (6-1) on Thursday Night Football. The winner of that game will take the lead in the NFC playoff BYE and home-field advantage.
The LA Rams will face both the Cardinals and the Packers once later this season.
Rams vs Texans Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick Week 8
- Rams -14.5 (-110)
- Texans +14.5 (-110)
- Rams -1000
- Texans +650
Over/Under 48.0 points
- Over -110
- Under -110
Take the under in this one at 48.0 points (-110)
Take the Rams on the Moneyline (-1200) to win outright
The Moneyline for this one will likely change multiple times, and will likely skew more towards the Rams. I would bet now if that wager catches your eye.
I would be cautious about the current spread of 14.5 points. While I have little concern over the Rams’ likelihood of victory, the coaching staff will pull starters the moment this game appears to be a blowout. Four of the last five contests that the Houston Texans have competed in have been utter blowouts.
The total for the game is set at an over/under of 48..0 points at -110. To bet the over or under in this one, you need to bet $110 to win $100. If you like the under at -110, you need to bet $110 to win $100.
I like the under in this one. I can see the team scoring as many as 31 points in this one. The question becomes how effective will the defense and special teams play in this one?
Rams vs Texans Prediction Week 8
The team started out shakily in Week 7, a trend that has continued to plague the team so far this year. The offense has been rather predictable, and that will likely continue in this one. Quarterback Matthew Stafford loves to throw to Cooper Kupp, and that will likely continue. Stafford has thrown 19 touchdown passes this season, and nine have ended up in the hands of Kupp.
Talk about connections? In seven games, Cooper Kupp has 809 yards and nine touchdowns. That places Kupp on track for 2000 yards and 22 touchdowns. in 2020, Jared Goff threw for only 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns. Kupp is on track for something very magical this year.
That is not to chuck out the other receivers on this roster. Robert Woods is on track for 1050 yards and seven touchdowns. Van Jefferson is on track for 800 yards and seven touchdowns. Even DeSean Jackson is on track for 600 yards and three touchdowns. And the fun part is, those projections can increase dramatically in just one game.
The Rams could use a game where the rushing offense breaks out. So far, the team is struggling to be effective and consistent on the ground game. The Texans struggle to contain a rushing attack. Is this the week that Darrell Henderson, Sony Michel, or Buddy Howell break out with a 100-yard game from one player? Well, if not now, then perhaps that won’t happen this year.
Take the Under at 48.0 points (-110)
Take the Rams on the Moneyline (-1000) to win outright