The LA Rams will face the Houston Texans in Week 8 at the end of an NFL week unlike any other. Even as the team faces the opportunity to tie both the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals at 7-1 with a win, the headlines have been all about the unusual roster moves made by the team’s front office this week.
The team had traded their starting inside linebacker, Kenny Young, to the linebacker-starved Denver Broncos for next to nothing. Not content with that, the team and veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson have agreed to pursue trade scenarios prior to the NFL Trade Deadline on November 2nd. The team has subsequently announced that due to any pending trade, Jackson will not play in Week 8.
The team will also sit starters offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who has a bit of a banged-up knee, and nose tackle, Sebastian Joseph Day, who is nursing a sore pectoral muscle.
The Houston Texans just traded their most productive running back, Mark Ingram, to the New Orleans Saints. That places the lion’s share of the running game on the shoulders of running back David Johnson.
I like the LA Rams offensive potential in this one. I believe that the Rams can put up a ton of points if they put their minds to it. But can the defense and special teams’ performance follow suit? I remain unconvinced.
LA Rams Injury Report vs Houston Texans Week 8
- OL Andrew Whitworth (knee) – out
- NT Sebastian Joseph Day (chest) – out
- WR DeSean Jackson (pending trade) – out
- S Jordan Fuller (knee) – questionable
- DB Robert Rochell (knee) – questionable
- DB Jalen Ramsey (illness) – questionable
- QB Deshaun Watson (pending trade) – out
- OL Justin Britt (knee) – questionable
- OL Justin McCray (ankle) – questionable
- LB Christian Kirksey (thumb) – questionable
- DL Jaleel Johnson (back) – questionable
- TE Pharoah Brown (thigh) – questionable
The Rams have a lot of off-field drama right now. Not only has the team traded away Week 7 starting ILB Kenny Young, but the team has WR4 DeSean Jackson up for auction now too.
Rams vs Texans Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick Week 8
- Texans + 15.5 (-110)
- Rams – 15.5 (-110)
- Lions +700
- Rams -1100
Over/Under – 46.5 points
- Over -110
- Under -110
I don’t trust the LA Rams whenever they are heavily favored. But in Week 8, I am particularly concerned over the fact that the line has not moved despite the early announcement that the Rams are sitting so many players, and have traded out their starting inside linebacker.
While this is a good game to give one backup player a test drive, suddenly the Rams have four lightly used players in starting or significant roles. That’s a lot of pressure on the younger guys. Winning in those circumstances is one thing. But blowing out an NFL team on the road with so many new and unfamiliar pieces is too much to ask.
Take the Rams on the Moneyline (-1000) to win outright
Take the Over at 46.5 (-110) in this one
National broadcast: FOX
What TV Channel is the Rams vs Texans Game On For Week 8
This game is among Fox Sports’ Sunday Football early games and will be played at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET.
Rams vs Texans Week 8 Game Live Stream
Week 8’s game can be streamed live on Fubo TV.
Rams Next Game and Schedule
The next game will be in Week 9 on Sunday, November 7th hosting the Tennessee Titans on Sunday Night Football. Here’s a look at their schedule for the next four weeks:
Week 9: vs. Tennessee (5-2)
Week 10: @ San Francisco (2-4)
Week 11: BYE WEEK
Week 12: @ Green Bay (7-1)
While this game may not capture much in the way of National NFL attention, this is certainly a huge game and milestone for the team’s 2021 NFL season. Win and the team will ascend to a virtual tie (ignore tiebreakers) with the best record in the NFL. Lose, and suddenly the team will appear to be vulnerable in every game going forward.