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Thursday Night Football picks and live discussion: Saints at Rams

Our Thursday Night Football thread is now open. Are you taking the Saints or Rams?

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s Thursday Night Football game features a clash between the visiting New Orleans Saints and the host Los Angeles Rams.

DraftKings Sportsbook has the Rams as 3.5-point favorites over the Saints.

This is an open thread for game chat.

Below some of the BTB staff made game picks using Tallysight. Check them out and the explanation for the picks.

Dave Halprin: The Rams have been a surprisingly resilient team this season while the Saints are wildly inconsistent. Take the home team and the better QB for a seven-point win.

Tom Ryle: Both teams sit at 7-7, with the Rams holding the current tie breakers to be in the seventh seed while the Saints are looking to win and rejuvenate some hopes for a playoff appearance. Matthew Stafford is the better quarterback and the game is in LA, so I think the Rams will win a close one to tighten their hold on their claim to make the postseason.

David Howman:

Matt Holleran: Surprisingly, the Rams have been one of the better teams in the league over the last five weeks. They are 4-1 in their last five matchups and have scored 28 or more points four times. Los Angeles’ only loss during this span came in OT to the Baltimore Ravens, the team many view as the best in the AFC. At home tonight I see the Rams winning and covering the spread against a underwhelming Saints team. Give me Los Angeles, 27-17.

Brian Martin: The Rams are playing pretty good football right now, the Saints are not. It’s as simple as that. I’m going with LAR this week and I think they win by at least two scores.

RJ Ochoa: The Rams and Saints may be in the same spot record-wise, but I could not feel more differently about them. New Orleans appears to be fading (congrats on the win against the Giants, by the way I love the Giants all of a sudden and would love nothing more than to see them win something like two of their next three games) while the Rams are finding proper form ahead of the playoffs. Give me Los Angeles although preferably not in the playoffs as they do in fact worry me.

OCC: Both teams sit at 7-7, but they are on very different trajectories. The Rams are 4-1 in their last five, the Saints are 2-3. Gotta go with the Rams at home in this one.

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