“Misery makes strange bedfellows” – William Shakespeare, The Tempest
While you may not think of the LA Rams, currently sitting tied with an NFL Best record at 7-1 as miserable, it does not change the fact that the Rams would benefit mightily by victories of both the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs today.
Why you may ask? Well, their opponents are the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, respectively. Both the Cardinals and the Packers share the NFL’s best record of 7-1. Unfortunately, thanks to the eventual tie-breakers awaiting the teams at the end of the season, the Rams are no better than a fifth-seeded team in the NFC Playoffs right now.
You may recall that the only loss occurred at the hands of the Cardinals, making Arizona the NFC West Division winner in any case of a tie. Even if the Rams surpass the Cardinals, the Packers win the tie-breaker with the Rams thanks to defeating the Cardinals (common opponent).
Since the LA Rams compete in Sunday Night Football, with a 5:30 pm PT kickoff, there will be plenty of time to kill throughout the day. So if you find yourself sitting down to some football, why not cheer for the teams whose success will also help the Rams as well?
Cardinals vs. 49ers Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick Week 9
Even though the Arizona Cardinals are enjoying far more success this year, they are not favored in their Week 9 contest against the San Francisco 49ers. Even with the typical 3.0 point advantage afforded to the home team, the 49ers are clearly the team that oddsmakers like this Sunday.
- Cardinals +3.5 (-115)
- 49ers -3.5 (-105)
- Cardinals +170
- 49ers -190
Over/Under – 45.5 points
- Over -110
- Under -110
Packers vs. Chiefs Odds, Spread, Over/Under & Betting Pick Week 9
The Green Bay Packers have been headlining the NFL headlines all week due to their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, sitting this one out due to COVID-19. That is certainly factored into the odds for this one, as the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that has been struggling of late with a 4-4 record, are suddenly a huge favorite against the Packers.
- Packers +7.0 (-105)
- Chiefs -7.0 (-115)
- Packers +270
- Chiefs -330
Over/Under – 48.0 points
- Over -110
- Under -110
Both games have huge implications for the Rams. Of course, no ‘other’ game carries as much weight as the LA Rams simply winning out for the season. But realistically speaking, the final season record should fall at or better than 12-5.
So losses by their stiffest competition will certainly help them towards a playoff berth and winning the NFC West Division. Right now, for the Rams to pull ahead, the Cardinals and Packers must fall behind.