The Rams have had a dreadful season and have played themselves to a 2-12 record. The actuality is that their season has been even worse than that. They have managed to lose nine of the twelve games by 19 points or more, so even if this team was given 17 points a game in every contest, their record would be 5-9! That is pretty eye-opening, so to back this bad team hoping for a close game certainly is questionable. The Niners have played with renewed vigor under Mike Singletary. He has this team playing with intensity and purpose. This is a team that isn't playing out the string, but rather playing inspired football, giving it their all week after week. The results have them at 5-1 ATS over the past six weeks. The defense has really picked it up as they have allowed just 31 points in their last three games, or 10.3 ppg, to teams that have averaged 23 ppg. So how do the Rams find the end zone here? They have managed just 93 points in their last eight games, or 11.6 ppg. What is more amazing is 48 of those 93 have come on FGs - or more than half! One of those 19+ point losses came at the hands of the Niners, which are playing at a much higher level now every week. I like San Francisco and the UNDER in this one.
This pick was released to clients on December 31, 1969 at 9:00PM ET.
San Francisco at St. Louis
December 21, 2008
1:00 PM Eastern
3 units on San Francisco -3 (-130) (risk 3 to return 3)
4 units on Game Total UNDER 42.5 -110 (risk 4 to return 4)
San Francisco 49ers
St. Louis Rams
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