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Rams-Saints Week 11 opening odds: L.A. favored over New Orleans

The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will face off next Sunday after half-hearted performances by both teams in Week 10. The Saints and Rams are well below the .500 mark at the start of the season and will likely be sitting at home when football comes to town in January. It’s the Battle of the Mediocre in Week 11 that sees the Rams emerge as favorites (+1) according to DraftKings Sportsbook, let’s break it down.

Andy Dalton has been a mixed sack since taking over the quarterback position after Jameis Winston went down with a season-ending injury in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers. He has 11 touchdowns this season with seven interceptions and an overall QB rating of 89.6. In his last matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had his lowest completion rate of the year at 63% and turned the ball around twice. The team’s deadliest weapon, Alvin Kamara, wasn’t used much in the loss, finishing with just eight tries for 26 yards and three receptions for 19 yards.

Defense, on the other hand, kept the Saints within reach until a Kenny Picket touchdown early in the fourth quarter gave the Steelers a two-ball lead. Two turnovers and a failed fourth win sealed the Saints’ loss, their seventh of the season.

The defending Super Bowl champion is on track to have one of the worst hangovers in NFL history after looking lost to the Arizona Cardinals. While Matthew Stafford was on the sidelines as a precaution after suffering a concussion the week before, John Wolford got the start and led an offense that continued to be uninspiring. Through the third quarter, Cooper Kupp had three receptions for negative yards and, despite the start of a backup quarterback, Sean McVay, continued to drift away from the running game. Wolford kept putting his receivers in bad positions with high passes, with the worst of his floaters ending in a Kupp injury on the touchline.

The defense wasn’t much better, making Colt McCoy look like he should take the starting spot from Kyler Murray. Aside from some good pass rushes, the Cardinals could easily move up and down the football field with little resistance from the once-prolific LA defense.

Against the Saints, Stafford will likely be back under center but could be without Kupp depending on the severity of his injury. Even the return of Stafford from injury hasn’t made much of a difference this season. Play it safe and ride with the New Orleans Saints to cover the spread next weekend. While both teams are on a sinking ship, LA appears to be sinking the fastest.

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