NFL 2022-2023 Week 16 Broncos vs Rams Betting Preview

NFL 2022-2023 Week 16: Broncos vs Rams Betting Preview

Written by on December 23, 2022

In Week 16, the Los Angeles Rams (4-10) host the Denver Broncos (4-10) in a Sunday afternoon matchup at SoFi Stadium.

The Broncos are fresh off a win over the Arizona Cardinals 24-15 and are currently last in the AFC West with just four wins.

The Rams, on the other hand, are last in the NFC West after suffering a road defeat to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 24–12. Both of these teams will be playing for pride after a disastrous campaign set with high expectations. Let’s take a look at this analysis and make money with your NFL bets.

Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Rams Game Preview

Broncos Looking to Finish the Season Strong

One of the NFL’s most disappointing teams this season, the Broncos were once predicted to overtake the AFC West crown but have just four wins to their credit in this campaign. Russell Wilson has been greatly disappointed in his first season with the Broncos, and Denver is just 1-5 over their last six games. 

The Broncos’ offense has been their biggest weakness this season. The offensive unit has averaged a league-worst 15.6 points while totaling a disappointing 339.4 yards per game.

Wilson has only 11 touchdowns to just six interceptions, while the rest of the unit has been decimated by injuries. The offense has performed admirably over their last two contests accumulating an average of 26 points.

The one thing Denver has going for them is their defense, which ranks third in points allowed (253) and is surrendering a fourth-best 309 yards per contest. In a 24-15 victory over Arizona, the Broncos’ defense recorded three sacks and three interceptions while only allowing 15 points to the Cardinals.

Rams Look to Rebound at Home

The Rams are currently experiencing one of the worst post-Super Bowl seasons in history, as they have the most losses from a defending super bowl champion team. The Rams will face an uphill battle as they will be without superstars Aaron Donald, Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Allen Robinson.

The Los Angeles Rams offense averages 16.4 points on 299.1 total yards per game and, like the Denver Broncos, has been one of the most ineffective units in the league.

Rams new quarterback Baker Mayfield led the Rams to an incredible comeback over the Raiders and has two touchdowns and one interception in his two games thus far. Cam Akers has been a bright spot since returning to the offense, as he has found the endzone three times in his last three games overall.

In a 24-12 defeat to the Packers, the Rams’ defense totaled three sacks, one interception, and one fumble recovery. Given that they are allowing 22.9 points on 346 total yards per game, this defense has been performing much better than anyone is giving them credit for. 

Betting Odds and Lines 

According to MyBookie, the Denver Broncos enter this matchup as 2.5-point favorites (-110) in their matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. In terms of the moneyline, the Broncos are -140 favorites to win on the road, while the Rams have NFL odds of +100 as home underdogs. When it comes to the total, the Over/Under is listed at 36.5 points (-110) on MyBookie. 

Betting Pick

The Broncos have been one of the worst offenses in the league this year, and they will have an even tougher time with Russell Wilson out at quarterback with a concussion. While the Rams have a plethora of injuries to deal with on both sides of the ball, they have gotten a little spark from Baker Mayfield at quarterback. 

Despite this, the Broncos’ defense is elite, and they should frustrate the Rams’ backfield, forcing Baker Mayfield to make plays. Unfortunately for the Rams, Baker Mayfield is still a turnover machine. The Broncos will do just enough and win this matchup on the road.

  • Free Pick: Denver Broncos 2.5 (-110)

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