We will long remember Baker Mayfield’s comeback victory in his Los Angeles Rams debut. Mayfield, two days after being acquired, led two touchdown drives for the win in the final minutes.
What we won’t remember, which may be more relevant Monday for betting purposes, is that the Rams were stuck on three points well into the fourth quarter and it took an absolute slump from the Las Vegas Raiders to give the Rams a chance. to give. .
Will 11 extra days make such a big difference to Mayfield and the Rams? That answer will probably guide your bet. The Rams take on the Green Bay Packers on Monday night and the Packers are 7-point favorites at BetMGM.
The Rams are still a mess. They have a long list of injuries, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson II, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald. They are 4-9 after winning a Super Bowl last season. Mayfield’s big comeback was one of the rare highlights of a miserable season.
The Packers aren’t having much fun this season either. They are 5-8 after being heavy favorites to win the NFC North before the season started. But the Packers are still mathematically alive for the playoffs. Their chances of making the playoffs are slim but not zero yet. Presumably we will see a focused and motivated Packers team, resting from a bye, hoping to win and see what happens.
It’s hard to have a lot of faith in the Rams. They are still an oversized team in control, needing to travel and playing a game that will have temperatures in the teens at kickoff. But Mayfield has already worked a miracle with the Rams. Maybe there’s more to come.
Here’s a first look at Monday’s sports betting:
Lakers try to keep warm without Anthony Davis
Davis will miss a few weeks with a foot injury, which is a serious blow to the Los Angeles Lakers. After an unforgiving start to the season, the Lakers were rallying. They had won 11 out of 17 to get back into the playoff race.
The Lakers have to stay afloat without Davis, and oddsmakers don’t like their chances on Monday. They are favorites with 9.5 points. We’ll see if the Lakers can continue to cover spreads without Davis. That’s probably the most interesting game in a nine-game NBA slate.
An afternoon of bowling
For a while we get random bowl games in the middle of the day. Another happens Monday when Marshall faces UConn at the Myrtle Beach Bowl. That starts at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. Hopefully it’s more competitive than the spread: BetMGM has Marshall as a favorite with 12 points.
The best of the rest
There are eight games in the NHL. The Florida Panthers at the Boston Bruins (-185) highlight that slate as the Bruins try to stay red hot.
It’s a very quiet night in college basketball, with some games but nothing to move the needle. Utah State, which faces Weber State, is the best team in action.
What’s the best bet?
It didn’t work the last time the Rams played, but I’m going to fade them and get the Packers. Maybe the Rams are getting energized from that Raiders win, but I still see a team beaten up by injuries. If any of these teams are going to rise late in the season, it’s likely to be the Packers.