The Rams currently stand in a tie for first place in the NFC West. A key division win Thursday night could keep them there for at least one more week. They’ll go for just that against the 49ers when the two teams meet on Thursday Night Football in Santa Clara, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NFL Network/NBC in local markets (live stream).
Los Angeles may not have the crowd support it hoped for, but the slow development of former No. 1 pick Jared Goff has the franchise trending upward. The 49ers are trying to generate the same kind of traction, but their bottoming-out may not be finished yet. San Francisco is the only winless team in the West, and quarterback Brian Hoyer is proving to be incapable of being even a stopgap solution behind center.
Time, TV channel, and streaming info
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
- TV: NFL Network (NBC in local markets)
- Streaming: NFL Game Pass
- Odds: Los Angeles is favored by 2 points.
Rams at 49ers news:
- The Rams based their rebuild around Goff, and now he’s rewarding that faith.
Out is Jeff Fisher and in is Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in the NFL. He was brought in to fix Goff. What did the Rams do right away? They signed left tackle Andrew Whitworth and center John Sullivan. Give Goff protection. They drafted Cooper Kupp, signed Robert Woods, and traded for Sammy Watkins. Give Goff weapons.
- Even after scoring more points than anyone in the NFL in Week 1, the Rams struggled to get fans out to the L.A. Coliseum.
The Rams hosted Washington Sunday in front of a mostly-empty stadium, casting doubt on whether the City of Angels is a premier market for one NFL franchise, let alone two. The red and white seatbacks of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum were plainly visible throughout the first quarter as a smattering of fans took in the action live.
- Late preseason addition Laken Tomlinson has improved with the 49ers and has likely locked down his spot on the offensive line.
Tomlinson took part in 48 of 49 offensive snaps against the Seahawks. He allowed two hurries against the Seahawks, according to Pro Football Focus. He wasn’t perfect, but he was significantly better than Zane Beadles. Most importantly, his issues didn’t stem from missed assignments, always a concern in a new system.
- Carlos Hyde fulfilled his potential Sunday, running for 124 yards and earning recognition across the league.
The 49ers defense was the key to this game, but Hyde was the only consistent thing on offense, finishing with 124 yards on 15 carries, and 19 receiving yards on three catches.
Hyde’s performance is being recognized, as he has been nominated for the Week 2 FedEx Ground Player of the Week award.
Will Goff continue to show growth against a surprisingly stingy 49ers pass defense?
San Francisco has a myriad of problems, but its secondary isn’t one of them. The 49ers have allowed just 176 passing yards per game this fall while holding opposing quarterbacks to an 83.4 rating — roughly the equivalent of 2016 Joe Flacco. That’s a tough matchup for Goff, who has been quietly competent in his second season as a pro. The former No. 1 pick has completed two-thirds of his passes to start 2017 and cut his interception rate nearly in half through two games. Keeping that pace against the Niners would be a major step forward for the young QB.
Rams at 49ers prediction:
Seven of our eight experts picked the Rams to beat the 49ers, as did OddsShark’s computer.