The 6-1 Los Angeles Rams travel to face the floundering 1-6 Houston Texans in Week 8. In an effort to be transparent and save you time, take the Rams to win and cover this week, but stay away from the total. Here is a Rams vs. Texans prediction, along with the NFL odds, TV channel, live stream options, and how to listen to this interconference matchup.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Houston Texans prediction and odds | Week 8
- Spread: Rams -14
- Moneyline: Rams -850, Texans +575
- Over/Under: 46
Odds from DraftKings sportsbook
As mentioned in the intro, there isn’t much to talk about here. The Rams outclass the Texans in every major area: quarterback, head coach, play-calling, and trench play. Yes, Los Angeles couldn’t cover their -17 spread against the Lions last week. But Detroit has played up to their competition all year and is possibly the best 0-7 team of all time.
Houston doesn’t have nearly as good a roster, nor do they have even a Jared Goff-level QB — which isn’t saying much. Tyrod Taylor gives them the best chance to win games this year, as evidenced by their lone victory coming in Week 1 against the Jaguars with him under center. Yet, he’s been out mending a hamstring injury since Week 2, leaving fourth-round rookie QB Davis Mills to man the ship. And boy, has it been ugly.
The Texans have scored just 39 points in the last five games — Taylor and Co. put up 37 in the season opener. The offense is anemic, and even if Taylor returns to the lineup this week (he will practice for the first time this Wednesday), they face a vaunted Rams defense that’s allowed just 20.9 points per game, tied for seventh in the NFL.
Rams vs. Texans prediction
Los Angeles could possibly reach the over on their own in this one. Still, it wouldn’t surprise me if they get up early and take their foot off the gas. Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, and Darrell Henderson should obliterate Houston’s underwhelming defense. Meanwhile, Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald could stymie the Texans’ offense on their own.
Prediction: Rams 35, Texans 3
How to watch and listen to Rams vs. Texans this week
- Start time: 1 PM ET
- Channel: FOX
- Live stream:
- Youtube TV
- Hulu + Live TV
- NFL Mobile App
- NFL Sunday Ticket
- TuneIn Radio
- Sirius XM Radio
- Local Houston: Sports Radio 610 AM, 100.3 The Bull FM, Mega 101.0 FM
- Local Los Angeles: ESPN LA 710 AM