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Rams vs. 49ers: Who has the edge?

By in Press Enterprise on December 30, 2017

By Rich Hammond

RAMS (11-4) vs. 49ERS (5-10)

When: Sunday, 1:25 p.m.

Where: the Coliseum

Line: 49ers by 4

TV/radio: Ch. 11; 710-AM, 93.1-FM, 1330-AM (Spanish)

RAMS OFFENSE vs. 49ERS DEFENSE

The Rams hold a nine-point lead over the Philadelphia Eagles in the race to see which team will finish the season with the most points in the NFL. That’s really the only drama remaining here. The Rams will attempt to rest as many offensive players as possible, including Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, John Sullivan, Andrew Whitworth, Rodger Saffold and Cooper Kupp. The offense is in the hands of quarterback Sean Mannion, who will make his first NFL start. Mannion’s problem figures to be the Rams’ makeshift offensive line, but if he gets time, he might be able to throw against a 49ers defense that ranks in the bottom quarter of the league against the pass. The 49ers allow only 3.8 yards per rushing attempt. EDGE: RAMS

49ERS OFFENSE vs. RAMS DEFENSE

Who is going to be on the field for the Rams? Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree and Mark Barron already have been ruled out, and it seems unlikely that veterans such as Robert Quinn and Connor Barwin will play much. And will the Rams risk playing Trumaine Johnson, knowing that their other starting cornerback, Kayvon Webster, already is out for the season? This looks like trouble for the Rams, particularly since 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been the talk of the NFL since he claimed the starting job this month. Garoppolo, the former New England backup, has led San Francisco to four consecutive wins and has completed 69 percent of his pass attempts for 1,268 yards and five touchdowns. EDGE: 49ERS

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