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Rams vs. Saints Week 11 NFL injury report, odds, spread: Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton will be starting QBs; L.A.'s season Under win total can clinch

The Rams reportedly will get Matthew Stafford back at quarterback this Sunday.
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A few days ago, it looked like Sunday's Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints game would feature a starting quarterback matchup of John Wolford vs. Jameis Winston, but instead it will apparently be usual starters Matthew Stafford and Andy Dalton for the respective disappointing clubs. The Saints are currently -3 at Caesars Sportsbook with a total of 39.

Stafford missed last Sunday's loss to Arizona in the concussion protocol and it was reported earlier this week he was still in it, so the spread shot as high as Saints -4 and the total dropped from as high as 42.5 points to as low as 39. Thursday's news that Stafford has been cleared is moving both. It should be noted that the Rams putting star receiver Cooper Kupp, the 2021 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, on injured reserve this week also surely played a role in the spread and total movement.

Even with Kupp on the field, Stafford hasn't been very good. He's thrown for 1,928 yards, eight touchdowns and eight picks in eight games for a rating of 84.9, which is 25th in the league. Last season, Stafford had a regular-season rating of 102.9. Without Kupp, the Rams' top wideouts now are Allen Robinson, Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek. Not good. The Rams' 4.6 yards per play ranks last in the NFL and their 16.4 points per game is on pace to be the fewest by a defending Super Bowl champion ever.

New Orleans has lost back-to-back games and scored a combined 23 points in them, and heads coach Dennis Allen hinted early in the week he was thinking about benching Dalton for Winston. Apparently he's decided against it. Dalton has started the past seven games for the Saints after Winston struggled to play through various back and foot injuries. Allen said that Winston is still not 100% healthy and possibly won't be before the season ends. The former No. 1 overall pick has been healthy enough that he was active as the No. 2 quarterback the past few weeks.

With the Rams are 3-6 (tied for worst nine-game start of any reigning Super Bowl champion) and 13th in the NFC and the Saints 3-7 and 15th, the loser almost surely can forget about a playoff spot – especially if it's New Orleans.

Los Angeles was set at over/under 10.5 wins entering the season, so a loss Sunday would clinch the Under. 

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