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Oddsmakers not giving Patriots a ton of respect vs. Rams despite blowout win

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The New England Patriots trounced the Los Angeles Chargers in a 45-0 victory in Sunday's Week 13 game at SoFi Stadium. The Pats dominated in all three facets of the game to deliver the Chargers their most lopsided loss in franchise history.

Despite this impressive performance, oddsmakers are not high on the Patriots' chances of earning a second win at SoFi Stadium on Thursday night.

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The Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams on "Thursday Night Football" as betting underdogs. 

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The Patriots haven't lost to the Rams since the 2001 regular season. They beat the Rams later that season in Super Bowl XXXVI, which was the beginning of a six-game win streak versus the franchise. The last time these two teams played was Super Bowl LIII during the 2018 campaign, and the Patriots won 13-3 for their sixth championship. 

New England is 6-6 this season and 2-4 on the road. However, the Pats have won four of their last five games. They also have a 4-2 record against-the-spread (ATS) over their last six games. New England is 6-1 ATS in its last seven meetings with the Rams as well.

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The Rams are playing well right now, too. They have won three of their last four games, including an impressive 38-28 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. L.A. is 7-5 ATS overall in 2020 and 4-2 ATS in its last six games. 

 

The Patriots will no doubt be under more pressure than the Rams on Thursday night. New England has almost no margin for error in the AFC playoff race as it trails a wild card spot by two games with just a quarter of the regular season remaining. In fact, FiveThirtyEight gives the Patriots just a 16 percent chance to reach the playoffs.

Given the importance of this matchup for the Patriots, plus their recent success versus the Rams, there's plenty of reason to believe New England will give a very good performance in Week 14.