Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp fields questions after NFL football practice Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Monday Night Football: Rams travel to take on 49ers

Two NFC West rivals will meet for Monday Night Football to close out week 10 of the 2021 NFL regular season. As the Los Angeles Rams (7-2) will travel to go head-to-head with the San Francisco 49ers (3-5), both teams will be looking to get back in the win column after each suffering losses in week nine 

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams were on a roll with a four-game win streak heading into Week 9. However, Los Angeles could not find a way to beat the Tennessee Titans. The loss came despite it being a home game against a Tennessee team that lacked its primary offensive weapon in running back Derrick Henry. 

The Rams will look to get back to their winning ways in Monday night’s contest. Meanwhile, the team will have a new look on the offense that features a familiar face. 

OBJ in LA: Beckham expected to make debut with the Rams in Monday Night Football

The Rams added depth to their wide receiver chart after signing star Odell Beckham Jr. to a one-year contract. 

Beckham is joining the league’s third-ranked offense as Los Angeles averages 28 points per game. The Rams offense is led by Matthew Stafford, who posts 23 passing touchdowns on the season and leads the league with 2,771 yards. Further, he enters a position group that includes the NFL’s leading receiver in Cooper Kupp

OBJ is expected to make his debut with the Rams as Los Angeles has discussed Beckham being an a occasional punt returner. 

San Francisco 49ers

Despite starting the season 2-0, the 49ers have lost five of their last six games. On the other hand, San Francisco has won four straight games over the Rams. 

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garappolo will face a great challenge going up against a solid Rams defense. Los Angeles’ defense is ranked eighth in defensive turnover rate and held the Titans to an impressive 194 total yards. 

One key for San Francisco come Monday night will be finding consistency in the offense. And with the return of standout tight end George Kittle as well as wide receiver Deebo Samuel at Garappolo’s disposal, the 49ers have some solid targets.

Samuel is second in the league in receiving yards, following behind Kupp. So far this season, Samuel has 49 receptions for 882 yards and four touchdowns. He is averaging 18 yards per reception.

Looking ahead to Monday night football

Heading in to Monday night’s matchup, the Rams are 2.5-point favorites over the 49ers. The kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California and can be watched on ESPN.

About Tori Edwards

Tori Edwards is a fourth-year Telecommunications student specializing in News with an outside concentration in Sport Management at the University of Florida. Tori works as an author and reporter for WRUF.com and is the voice of trendings on Wednesday mornings on ESPN 98.1 FM - 850 AM WRUF. You can reach Tori at victoriaedwards@ufl.edu.

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