• The LA Rams were able to escape the Detroit Lions 28-19 in week 7.
  • The Houston Texans were blown out 31-5 against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • The Texans are 1-6 losing their last six while the Rams are 6-1 winning their last three.

We are officially in Week 8 of the NFL as the Los Angles Rams take on the Houston Texans.

This matchup features two teams that are favorites, albeit favorites of a different variety. According to 538, the Rams have an 11% chance to win the Superbowl. As of right now, the Texans own the second-worst record in the NFL, which has them in second to get next year’s Texans turn things around against the Rams, or will Los Angeles continue their winning ways?

Rams vs Texans Matchup at a Glance

Rams Preview: Rollin’ Rams

Expectations for the LA Rams were sky-high coming into the 2021 season. Once the Rams had acquired Matthew Stafford from the Lions, they instantly became Super Bowl favorites. They certainly have lived up to the hype.

At 6-1, the Rams trail the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (their only loss) but boast the only win over the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Matthew Stafford leads the NFL in QBR at 78.6; the following best is Tom Brady at 69.4. According to Lineups.com, Stafford leads the 8th best offense in the NFL.

On the flip side of the ball, the Rams are tied for the ninth-best defense. The Rams’ defense boasts ten interceptions and 20 sacks and is one of the best red zone defenses in the league.

They struggle in a few categories, ranking 25th in passing yards against and 20th in rushing yards, and 28th in first downs against. Overall, the Rams are a team primed for a deep playoff run and even a chance at a Super Bowl title.

Texans Preview: Troubled Texans

The Texans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, sitting at 1-6, with their last win in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the preseason, the Texans were projected by 538 to finish with a record of 4-13, a league-worst. They are still on track to go 4-13, which would likely be the second-worst record in the NFL.

Tyrod Taylor got the Texans off to a 1-0 start but was injured in Week 2, leaving rookie QB Davis Mills to take over the offense. Lineups.com has the Texans as the worst offense in the NFL; they rank 25th in passing yards and 28th in rushing yards. They average only 13.9 points per game, 31st in the NFL.

Meanwhile, the Texans offense is genuinely one of the worst offenses in the league, ranking 29th according to Lineups. They are notably bad against the rush, allowing the most rushing touchdowns and the most rushing yards. They are also bad against the pass, ranking 21st in passing yards despite only having the 10th most attempts against.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This NFL Game

The Texans may be 1-6 in both their record and their Moneyline, but the Texans are doing quite well against the spread, going 3-4 on the season. The Texans are also 3-4 in their totals, hitting the over.

Similarly, the Rams are 6-1 in Moneyline and record, but they are 4-3 against the spread. The Rams do pretty well with their games hitting the over; they are 5-2.
Last weekend I took the Rams to beat the spread but said it would not surprise me if the Lions could hang around. They are genuinely a gritty, emotional team with a lot of pride, and Dan Campbell fosters a culture of caring.

I do not think that the Texans are similar to the Lions. Case and point, Lion’s Margin of Victory is -10.3 (not great, I know), while the Texans have a margin of victory of -15.1, the second-worst in the NFL.

So while the Rams may have disappointed last week against the Lions, I am more than happy to take the Rams to beat the spread against the Texans. I also think with a total of 47.5; this game hits the over.

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Tom Zwiller is currently attending Holy Cross College where he is majoring in business analytics and minoring in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Theology. During high school, Tom played as a DT on his varsity football team and as a forward for his varsity high school hockey team. Tom loves all things sports, specifically the NFL, the NBA, and the NHL, as well as a good game of table tennis. Go Panthers!