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New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams 12/10/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The New England Patriots visit the Los Angeles Rams on 12/10/2020 at 8:20PM.

New England and L.A. Rams face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. New England has a record of 6-6 this season. L.A. Rams is 8-4 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

New England Team Defense Preview

New England yields 6.4 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 35.4 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.15 points per drive. 40.5% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 15.5% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 25.8 yard line, they typically last 3:03.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 87.8 and on 3.8% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. New England has caused a sack rate of 4.7% this season.

We will get more situational with New England and examine various situations. They have faced 138 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 58 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 42.0%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 9 fourth down conversion attempts this season and opponents have converted 2 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 22.2%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 35 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and their opponents have converted 22 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 62.9%.

New England Team Offense Preview

New England has 6.6 plays per drive, they generate 34.6 yards per drive, and they score 2.11 points per offensive possession. On 39.8% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 14.4% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 28.8 yard line, they usually take up 3:06 of time.

On 2.4% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 3.8% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. New England has given up 22 sacks this season and this has resulted in 133 yards lost.

New England rushed for 4.6 yards per carry and for 150.9 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 13 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the New England and examine various situations. They have had 140 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 61 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 43.6%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 13 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 9 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 69.2%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 40 Red Zone entrances this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 23 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 57.5%.

L.A. Rams Team Defense Preview

L.A. Rams faces 5.7 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 25.5 yards per drive, and opponents score 1.58 points per offensive possession. 29.2% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 14.6% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 28.1 and these drives typically last 2:27.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 78.6 and 2.8% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.L.A. Rams has forced a sack rate of 7.6% this season.

Examining L.A. Rams in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 153 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 54 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 35.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 17 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 8 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 47.1%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 33 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 22 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 66.7%.

L.A. Rams Team Offense Preview

L.A. Rams has run 6.0 plays per drive and they generate 33.3 yards per drive, and they score 2.04 points per offensive possession. On 35.2% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but 12.7% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 29.3 yard line, they typically last 2:42.

3.8% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by L.A. Rams and 2.2% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.L.A. Rams has yielded 16 sacks this season and this has resulted in 118 yards lost.

L.A. Rams rushed for 4.2 yards per carry and for 124.2 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 17 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the L.A. Rams and examine various situations. They have had 167 third down attempts this season and have converted 78 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 46.7%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 11 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 5 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 45.5%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 45 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 29 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 64.4%.

The New England Roster

The Players to Watch for New England

Cam Newton QB 6-5 245

This season, Cam Newton has put up 2053 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has thrown 9 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 80.3thus far this season. Cam Newton has thrown 9 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Cam Newton has 435 rushing yards, which puts him in the 95.45 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 106 times this season, which puts him in the 100.0 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 11 rushing touchdowns this season.

Damien Harris RB 5-11 213

This season, Damien Harris has 641 rushing yards on 126 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Damien Harris picked up 52 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 4 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Damiere Byrd WR 5-9 180

This season, Damiere Byrd picked up 518 yards. He caught the ball 37 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Lawrence Guy DT 6-4 315

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for New England, Lawrence Guy has 25 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 69.23 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0.0 fumbles this season.

John Simon DE 6-2 260

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for New England, John Simon has 25 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 34.62 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Adrian Phillips SS 5-11 210

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for New England, Adrian Phillips had 56 tackles which puts him in the 93.41 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Adrian Phillips as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 79.01 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Jonathan Jones CB 5-10 190

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for New England, Jonathan Jones had 46 tackles which puts him in the 92.5 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jonathan Jones as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 57.96 percentile among Corners this season.

The L.A. Rams Roster

The Players to Watch for L.A. Rams

Jared Goff QB 6-4 222

This season, Jared Goff has put up 3372 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown 10 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 93.7thus far this season. Jared Goff has thrown 10 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Jared Goff has 56 rushing yards, which puts him in the 45.45 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 39 times this season, which puts him in the 75.0 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 3 rushing touchdowns this season.

Darrell Henderson RB 5-8 208

This season, Darrell Henderson has 559 rushing yards on 123 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Darrell Henderson picked up 154 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 15 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Cooper Kupp WR 6-2 208

This season, Cooper Kupp picked up 836 yards. He caught the ball 74 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Sebastian Joseph NT 6-4 310

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for L.A. Rams, Sebastian Joseph has 26 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 19.23 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1.0 fumbles this season.

Michael Brockers DE 6-5 305

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for L.A. Rams, Michael Brockers has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 3 times this season, which put him in the 48.08 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

John Johnson FS 6-0 209

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for L.A. Rams, John Johnson had 56 tackles which puts him in the 93.41 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. John Johnson as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 57.41 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Troy Hill CB 5-11 183

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for L.A. Rams, Troy Hill had 51 tackles which puts him in the 97.08 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Troy Hill as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 81.42 percentile among Corners this season.

New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: New England Patriots 18 Los Angeles Rams 24

Spread Pick: L.A. Rams -5 -110 bet365
Moneyline Pick: L.A. Rams -220 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 44.5 -102 Pinnacle Sports