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Rams over San Francisco by 6

By Marc Lawrence — With the NFL winding down to the final two weeks
of the season, we’ll preface postseason scenarios for the various
teams that still find themselves involved in the playoff race in this
week’s coverage of the NFL. It starts today with two teams from
the NFC West where the 49ers have clinched a playoff berth and
currently hold down the #5 seed. They will seal the NFC West and
the #1 seed with a pair of season-ending victories. A loss to the
Rams today and a Seattle win over Arizona would clinch the NFC
West. For the up-and-down Rams, they will make the postseason
with wins in their final two games and losses by Minnesota in each
of their last two contests. Thus, the hard heads are now on life
support. But all Sean McVay’s team can do is play it one game at
a time, starting with San Francisco today. The Niners enter 2-8-1
ATS in Game Fifteen, including 0-4-1 ATS as a favorite. In addition,
Rice-a-Roni’s finest is 3-8 SU and 0-10-1 ATS as a favorite the past
six seasons when coming off a loss. 

TENNEESSEE over Saints by 1

The Saints have won the NFC South. They need two wins and help
from the 49ers and the Seahawks to secure the #1 seed. Meanwhile,
the Titans win the AFC South by beating the Saints today and
then the Texans next week… if Tennessee lost on Saturday to
Texans lost against Tampa bay on Saturday. Hence, A wild-card
berth pivots on the Titans winning twice and the Steelers losing
at least once. None of it would be necessary had the Nashville
cats beat Houston here last week. So now it’s down to business
once again today for Ryan Tannehill and the Titans. The good
news is Tennessee is 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS in Last Home Games
against avenging non-division opponents. With it, the Saints enter
off Drew Brees’ record-breaking Monday night blowout win over
the Colts knowing the future Hall of Fame quarterback is 2-8 ATS
away in December when facing foes coming off a loss. All of which
leads to THE CLINCHER: Titans QB Ryan Tannehill is 13-4 SU
and 12-4-1 ATS at home in his NFL career against foes off
a SUATS win, including 7-0 SU and 6-0-1 ATS the last seven
games, and 9-0 ATS as a dog of 2 or more points.

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