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Our NFL betting expert offers the best predictions and betting picks for the Week 2 meeting between the Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET on FOX.

The Rams were drilled by the Bills in Game 1 and looked little like their championship selves with leaky pass protection and a screen for a secondary. Now the rebuilding Falcons arrive motivated to send Los Angeles to an 0-2 start.

Falcons vs Rams Predictions

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Falcons vs. Rams pick and analysis

The Rams were outscored 21-0 in the second half of their banner and ringside celebration last Thursday, and the Bills dominated most facets of the game.

After the Falcons blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter of a Week 1 loss to the Saints, they now face the Rams. Since 2020, the Falcons have lost three times with a two-TD lead in the fourth quarter.

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Rams -10 (Caesars)

It’s week 2 and already the Super Bowl champions feel the need to prove themselves. Rams coach Sean McVay was blamed for the team’s terrible performance in Week 1, so it’s reasonable to assume the Rams won’t overlook a double-digit underdog.

If there’s anything the McVay-Matthew Stafford combo did well last season, it was taking advantage of weaker opponents. The Rams’ five losses in 2021 have come against playoff teams. Of their 12 wins, six were in double digits, including four in the first eight weeks.

The Rams offensive line gave up seven sacks last week and will miss center Brian Allen (knee). Coleman Shelton will move to center and Tremayne Anchrum will take over at right guard. The uncertainty of the line could lead to a quick and effective attack.

Our choice : Rams to cover 10 points

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“Over” 46.5 points overall (Caesars)

The Rams scored just one touchdown in their season opener, which no doubt means a sense of urgency on offense is coming. The Rams appeared to force a below-average rushing offense last week, presumably to keep the Bills’ offense off the field for as long as possible.

There should be more traffic lanes this week, especially after the Falcons allowed 151 rushing yards against the Saints. Los Angeles wide Cooper Kupp looks more determined than ever with 13 catches for 128 yards in Game 1.

The Falcons rushed for a whopping 201 yards in Game 1, Cordarrelle Patterson getting a career-high 120 of them. Atlanta QB Marcus Mariota has put his team in position to win and will have a motivated wide out to returning Drake London.

Our choice : Match total over 46.5 points

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Player Accessory Pick: Allen Robinson II ‘Over’ 4.5 receptions

Stafford threw 41 passes in the Week 1 loss and targeted Kupp or tight end Tyler Higbee with 26 of them. When Stafford is under pressure, Kupp and his tight ends, especially Higbee, are his pressed options. More Sunday pocket time means a better variety of targets.

The Rams have high hopes for Allen Robinson II, but the newcomer was only targeted twice in Week 1 and managed just one strike. With Van Jefferson injured and Odell Beckham Jr. gone, Robinson should play a major role in the offense.

After Beckham’s tenure with the Rams got off to a slow start last season, Stafford figured out how to involve the veteran more on offense. Expect the same to be true with Robinson, as McVay and Stafford look to split the wealth against the Falcons.

Our choice : Allen Robinson II on 4.5 receptions

Falcons vs. Rams Odds

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Crew Spread Moneyline Total points 46.5
Falcons (+10.0) -110 +400 More than -110
Rams (-10.0) -110 -550 Less than -110

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