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Saints vs Rams: Thursday Night Football picks for Week 16

Jaguars fans, who are you picking in tonight’s game between the Saints and Rams?

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Thursday Night Football kicks off tonight at 8:15 p.m. ET as the Los Angeles Rams host the New Orleans Saints at SoFi Stadium. The Rams are 4-point favorites, according to our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook, and the total is set at 46 points.

The biggest thing I’m watching for tonight is Sean McVay’s offense against Dennis Allen’s defense. Secondary starters Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Maye are out for New Orleans, so I expect Matthew Stafford and company to continue rolling in Los Angeles.

The Rams have scored 28-plus points in each of their past four games, and rank ninth on the season with 23.4 points per game. That said, the Saints rank sixth with 19.1 points allowed per game.

McVay has his passing offense humming again, thanks to Stafford and Cooper Kupp being able to stay on the field as well as the emergence of rookie receiver Puka Nacua. But I’m more interested in watching the Rams rushing attack tonight. Second-year running back Kyren Williams plus new offensive guards Steve Avila and Kevin Dotson have excelled in gap runs for L.A. as McVay transitions further away from his iconic wide zone scheme.

Here are our staff’s picks for tonight’s game.

This is now an open thread. Let us know your TNF thoughts in the comments below!