Rams-Saints Betting Odds: Support for L.A. Drops Spread in NFC Championship Game

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Betting Odds: Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints

  • Odds: Saints -3
  • Over/Under: 56.5
  • Time: 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 20
  • TV: FOX

>> All odds as of Thursday afternoon. Download The Action Network App to get real-time odds and track your bets

The New Orleans Saints are down to 3-point favorites against the Los Angeles Rams in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game after opening at -3.5 after their Divisional Round win over the Eagles.

This will be only the second conference championship hosted by New Orleans in franchise history. The Saints beat Brett Favre and the Vikings, 31-28, in the first one back in 2010 but failed to cover the 4-point spread.

Action Network Projections: Rams-Saints

Sean Koerner, our Director of Predictive Analytics, made the following power ratings for this game in the immediate aftermath of the Divisional Round. For the most up-to-date projections, download The Action Network app.

  • Projected Spread: Saints -4.5
  • Projected Over/Under: 57

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The Saints will face the Rams in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. They first met in the Wild Card round of the 2000 season. New Orleans won as a 6.5-point home underdog the season after the Rams won the Super Bowl.

  • Drew Brees is now 6-0 straight up at home in the playoffs under Sean Payton. Only one other head coach has won at least six home playoff games straight up without a loss since 2003: Pete Carroll.
  • The Saints entered the playoffs as the NFC No. 1 seed for just the second time under Payton (2009). In both seasons, New Orleans entered the playoffs 13-3 straight up and, ironically enough, lost to the same three teams during the regular season: The Buccaneers, Cowboys and Panthers. In 2009, the Saints  faced Peyton Manning and the Colts in the Super Bowl, winning their first title in franchise history.
  • Jared Goff will face Brees in the conference title game, a former Super Bowl champion quarterback with the Saints. Goff has faced six different Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks over 12 games and is 6-6 straight up, but only 3-9 against the spread. Since Goff’s first NFL start in 2016, he’s the least profitable quarterback against the spread vs. Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.
  • The NFC Championship Game we all wanted. Brees and the Saints, Goff and the Rams. New Orleans and L.A. entered the playoffs with the second- and third- best offenses in the league according to points per game. Since arriving in New Orleans, Brees is 10-1 against the spread when facing a team that’s averaging at least 30 points per game, covering by an average of 8.9 points per game. Brees’ only ATS loss? Earlier last season on the road against the Rams.

How the Rams Reached the Conference Championship

The Rams are back in the conference championship for the first time since 2001, when the then-St. Louis team made it all the way to the Super Bowl and lost to the Patriots on a game-winning field goal.

Los Angeles enters the conference title game hot, too! The Rams have now covered the spread in three consecutive games for just the second time this season after covering three straight in the first three weeks of the regular season.

How the Saints Reached the Conference Championship

To be the champs, you have to beat the champs.

Step 1: Complete.

The Saints mounted a comeback to take down the defending champion Eagles in the Superdome on Sunday night for New Orleans’ first Divisional Round win since the 2009 Super Bowl.

After trailing 14-0 in just over 10 minutes of play in the first quarter, Drew Brees and the Saints marched all the way back for the win and are now 6-0 straight up at home in the playoffs.