Minty Bets previews the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams, and tells you what she thinks are the best bets, including a couple of player props.
MINTY BETS: Welcome to “Yahoo Sportsbook Daily.” It’s Thursday January 27, 2022. And I’m your betting guide, Minty Bets, here to break down the NFC title game.
We’ve got just an unfair match-up as two NFC West teams face off to represent the conference. The LA Rams host the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams are 3 and 1/2 point favorites, and the total is 46 and 1/2.
My first instinct was to lay the 3 points with the home team when this line was first released. But of course, we can’t impulse bet like that, my friends. So let’s dive into it.
San Francisco has had LA’s number in recent years. The 49ers have won six straight meetings against the Rams and have covered in the four most recent match-ups. Through this last half of the season, I really talked down about the Rams. I repeated myself saying they possess a very talented roster, but they don’t have the explosiveness of what you’d expect from such talent. I still kind of stand by that.
Although I have always respected Matthew Stafford’s ability to perform under pressure and his cannon of an arm, also Cooper Kupp is just jaw-dropping. You have to cover that guy at all times. The Rams shouldn’t have allowed the Bucs to come up from behind as close as they did.
I’m not going to bore you guys with a ton of numbers in this pod because that’s not really what I do. Plain and simple, Rams offense, great but could be perfect. Their defense could certainly improve in terms of consistency. And that O-line is a little weak now without Andrew Whitworth. Hopefully he returns.
Moving on to the 49ers, their offense can be a little hit-or-miss. But they’ve really shown dominance this last half of the season. They certainly have the defensive edge here. And in the regular season, they allowed…