Seven things to watch when the Rams play the San Francisco 49ers at 3:25 p.m. Sunday (KTVI Channel 2):

FABULOUS FRANK

No truth to the rumor that RB Frank Gore met the Rams at the airport Friday night, but he does love to see them. In 11 career games against St. Louis, the three-time Pro Bowler has four 100-yard rushing games and has scored 11 touchdowns — tied for his best TD total against any team. A physical runner on a physical team, Gore always seems to get yards after contact. His 5.5 yards per carry this season is on pace for a career high. “He finishes runs off,” Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis said.

MORE THAN GORE

Gore isn’t doing it by himself on the league’s top-ranked rushing offense (168.5 yards per game). Second-year man Kendall Hunter has emerged as an effective change-of-pace back with 301 rushing yards this season (to Gore’s 656). Even backup QB Colin Kaepernick gets in the act with a package of plays that has seen him average 8.5 yards per rushing attempt on 13 carries. The ‘Niners do more scheme-wise in the running game than just about anyone in the league, and do it behind a big, physical offensive line.

DEFENDING DAVIS

The 49ers haven’t been throwing much lately to TE Vernon Davis, but after watching what Rob Gronkowski did to the Rams’ defense in London, don’t be surprised if they switch gears Sunday. Davis is averaging 15 yards a catch — a big number for a tight end. Only four receivers in the NFL, be they tight ends, wideouts, or running backs, have more TD catches than Davis’ 30 since the start of the ’09 season. “He’s got freakish speed for somebody that size, plus the quarterback trusts him,” McGinnis said.

ALEX THE EFFICIENT

In a scheme that usually takes a cautious approach, Alex Smith isn’t the type of QB that makes his receivers look better. The best way to hang with the 49ers is to get them in third-and-long situations — or better yet — get them playing from behind. If not, well, best of luck. Smith generally doesn’t do anything stupid. He’s as smart and efficient as they come. Within that system he’s posting numbers this season that a lot of QBs would love, including a 69.4 completion percentage and a 102.1 passer rating.

MIZZOU’S SMITHS

Although their careers at Mizzou were a decade apart, outside LB Aldon Smith and DT Justin Smith find themselves lining up side-by-side on the right side of San Francisco’s defensive front. Justin Smith, 33, has not missed a start in more than 10 NFL seasons and has made back-to-back Pro Bowls with a style that features brute strength and non-stop effort. Aldon Smith, 23, had 14 sacks last season, the second-best total for a rookie in NFL history. He’s on a similar pace this year with 7½ sacks.

SECOND-HALF STARTS

The Rams have given up a modest four TDs in the third quarter all season, but they’ve fallen into a bad rut during their current three-game losing streak. Miami (10 plays, 62 yards), Green Bay (12 plays, 80 yards), and New England (six plays, 80 yards) have all taken the second-half kickoff and marched on long TD drives. Guess what? San Francisco has scored 34 points on its opening possession of the third quarter, tied for first in the NFL this season. Maybe the Rams should defer if they win the coin toss.

STUCK AT THE ‘STICK

Since the move to St. Louis in 1995, the Rams have won only five of 17 times at Candlestick Park. More often than not, it has been a house of horrors. Over the past four seasons, the Rams have been outscored 119 to 36 in four losses there, and that includes a 23-20 OT loss in 2010. Last season, the 49ers won 26-0, victimizing the Rams’ secondary for touchdown passes of 56 and 52 yards, and limiting the Rams’ offense to 157 yards — the sixth-lowest total in any game for the “St. Louis” Rams.

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GAMELINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Bills at
Patriots
Patriots by 13NE rested after bye, and unleashes NFL's No. 1 offense on BUF's No. 31 defense. Bills have lost their last 11 outings in Foxboro, more of the same.Patriots 38,
Bills 20
Giants at
Bengals
Giants by 4 CIN has lost 4 in row, averaging just 19 points/game. That won't get it done vs. angry NY, which lost at home to PIT and is better on road than at home.Giants 26,
Bengals 21
Chargers at
Bucs
Bucs by 3TB averaging 38 points in its last 4, RB Martin on fire but faces No. 4 run "D.''Bucs 27,
Chargers 20
Broncos at
Panthers
Broncos by 4DEN's Manning has at least 3 TD throws in 5 straight, faces No. 13 pass "D."Broncos 27,
Panthers 24
Titans at
Dolphins
Dolphins by 6Locker back at QB for TEN. MIA averaging just 74.2 rush yards in its last 5.Dolphins 23,
Titans 20
Raiders at
Ravens
Ravens by 7½BAL averages 421.8 yards, 32 points at home; OAK allows 27.8 points on road.Ravens 30,
Raiders 24
Falcons at
Saints
Falcons by 2½NO rising; ATL's undefeated fun ends in Superdome despite NO's "D'' woes.Saints 33,
Falcons 27
Lions at
Vikings
Lions by 2½MIN likely minus key offensive cog Harvin (ankle), Vike will rely too much on RB Peterson. DET offense back on track, Lions avenge loss at home to MIN.Lions 27,
Vikings 17
Jets at
Seahawks
Seahawks by 6SEA sends big ground attack vs. No. 28 run "D.'' SEA is 4-0 at home. Rain likely.Seahawks 27,
Jets 17
Cowboys at
Eagles
Cowboys by 2 Tough call as both stink, are turnover-prone messes. Flip a coin, it says ...Eagles 20,
Cowboys 17
Rams at
49ers
49ers by 12½ STL has lost 3 in row, last by 38, is 0-3 on road and faces NFL's No. 2 defense.49ers 27,
Rams 10
Texans at
Bears
Bears by 1Both 7-1 clubs have fierce defense. CHI has created NFL-high 28 turnovers, but HOU has just 6 flubs. HOU can win even if TE Daniels out as rain, wind likely. Texans 20,
Bears 17
MONDAYLINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Chiefs at
Steelers
Steelers by 12½ KC amazingly hasn't led in regulation time all season; PIT has won 3 in row, averaging 155 yards on the ground, and now faces NFL's No. 21 rush defense.Steelers 27,
Chiefs 10

PICK OF THE WEEK TO WIN: Steelers

PICK OF THE WEEK vs. POINT SPREAD: Steelers (-12).

CAESAR'S RECORD

Overall • Last week: 11-3. Season: 92-40.

Vs. Point spread • Last week: 9-5 Season • 76-52-4.

Pick of the week to win • Last week: Right (Texans). Season: 7-2

Pick of week vs. point spread • Last week: Texans (-10½). Season: 6-3.

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GAMELINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Steelers at
Browns
Steelers by 1½Batch at QB for PIT, CLE probably gets back CB Haden. Browns playing better.Browns 20,
Steelers 17
Bills at
Colts
Colts by 3Injuries have hurt IND "D," but BUF's "D" is poor. Could be a shootout here.Colts 27,
Bills 26
Broncos at
Chiefs
Broncos by 10½KC has NFL's No. 4 ground game, but little else; and DEN is No. 6 vs. the run.Broncos 24,
Chiefs 17
Titans at
Jaguars
Titans by 4Henne now at QB for JAX, faces No. 30 "D." But TEN can't afford loss to lowly foe.Titans 23,
Jaguars 17
Vikings at
Bears
None
(Cutler?)
QB Cutler (concussion) might return for CHI; Vikes key WR Harvin is out.Bears 20,
Vikings 13
Falcons at
Buccaneers
Falcons by 1TB has won 4 in row, averaging 35 points; ATL is 9-1 but has been shaky lately.Bucs 30,
Falcons 27
Seahawks at
Dolphins
Seahawks by 3MIA has one offensive TD in last 10 quarters; SEA has No. 3 "D" and is on rise.Seahawks 23,
Dolphins 17
Ravens at
Chargers
Ravens by 1SD's a mess, but has No. 3 run "D" and WR Alexander has been a big find. BAL has its share of clunkers on the road, this seems like a spot for anotherChargers 24,
Ravens 20
49ers at
Saints
49ers by 1Looks like Kapernick will be at QB for SF over Smith, though coach Harbaugh won't say. NO defense is getting a little better, rolling Saints tough at home.Saints 30,
49ers 24
Rams at
Cardinals
Cardinals by 1½Teams whose QB makes 1st NFL start, as AZ's Ryan Lindley does, are 18-40 over last 6½ seasons (2-5 this year). He's a 6th-round pick from SD State.Rams 20,
Cardinals 16
Packers at
Giants
Giants by 2½GB mad about losing to NY in playoffs last year, but Pack defense is battered now, and struggling NY QB Manning should be able to get back on track.Giants 27,
Packers 23
MONDAYLINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Panthers at
Eagles
Panthers by 3 It's so bad for PHA that it's a home underdog to a 2-8 foe. But with QB Vick and RB McCoy out and the team in a 6-game slide, and with a QB Foles making just his seconnd start, it's understandable even against a team that has lost 7 of 8.Panthers 24,
Eagles 13

PICK OF THE WEEK TO WIN: Broncos.

PICK OF THE WEEK vs. POINT SPREAD: Buccaneers (+1).

CAESAR'S RECORD

Overall • Last week: 10-4. Season: 110-49-1

Vs. point spread • Last week: 4-10. Season • 86-70-4.

Pick of the week to win • Last week: Right (Texans). Season: 9-2.

Pick of week vs. point spread • Last week: Wrong (Texans -15½). Season: 6-5.

GAMELINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Seahawks at
Bears
Bears by 3½CHI badly banged up, but QB Cutler now OK; SEA 1-5 on road but can stay close.Bears 23,
Seahawks 21
Vikings at
Packers
Packers by 8Injury Bowl: GB "D" is battered, meaning MIN RB Peterson can roll, but Pack "O'' should get back key WR Jennings; MIN again likely minus key WR Harvin.Packers 24,
Vikings 20
49ers at
Rams
49ers by 749ers' No. 2 "D" does better than 1st meeting (24-24 tie); SF's Kaepernick at QB .49ers 23,
Rams 17
Cardinals at
Jets
Jets by 4½AZ's woes even worse than NY's — QB Lindley makes 1st NFL road start.Jets 23,
Cardinals 13
Panthers at
Chiefs
Panthers by 3Don't like CAR being favored on road for 2nd week in row; KC can run on CAR.Chiefs 23,
Panthers 20
Colts at
Lions
Lions by 5IND turnover-prone on road; DET has NFL's top aerial attack, IND No. 8 vs. pass.Lions 27,
Colts 17
Jaguars at
Bills
Bills by 6JAX "O'' on rise with Henne now at QB, but RBs banged up. Rain is expected.Bills 30,
Jaguars 21
Patriots at
Dolphins
Patriots by 7½NE's top-rated attack faces No. 21 "D,' should roll even minus key TE Gronkowski.Patriots 37,
Dolphins 24
Texans at
Titans
Texans by 6½HOU has been barely winning, now "D'' hit by injuries; TEN has big chance.Titans 24,
Texans 21
Bucs at
Broncos
Broncos by 7DEN QB Manning leads potent aerial attack vs. NFL's worst pass "D." 'Nuff said.Broncos 36,
Bucs 27
Steelers at
Ravens
Ravens by 8PIT's No. 3 QB, Batch, is behind battered line; BAL averages 31 points at home.Ravens 30,
Steelers 17
Browns at
Raiders
Browns by 2 Wind and heavy rain predicted, which would make OAK's woeful pass defense much less of a factor; OAK could get back RBs McFadden, Gooden.Raiders 24,
Browns 20
Bengals at
Chargers
Bengals by 2SD has lost 6 of 7, secondary now banged up, but CIN no gimme on the road.Chargers 24,
Bengals 21
Eagles at
Cowboys
Cowboys by 10½No Vick, no McCoy, no Jackson for sinking PHA; DAL RB Murray may return.Cowboys 27,
Eagles 13
MONDAYLINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Giants at
Redskins
Giants by 2½ NY QB Manning back on track, should pick on NFL's 31st-ranked pass defense.Giants 30,
Redskins 24

PICK OF THE WEEK TO WIN: Ravens

PICK OF THE WEEK vs. POINT SPREAD: Ravens (-8).

CAESAR'S RECORD

Overall • Last week: 9-7. Season: 119-56-1

Vs. point spread • Last week: 7-6-2 (no line on Vikings-Bears). Season • 93-76-6.

Pick of the week to win • Last week: Right (Broncos). Season: 10-2.

Pick of week vs. point spread • Last week: Tie (Bucs+1). Season: 6-5-1.

GAMELINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Ravens at
Redskins
Redskins by 2½WASH way better with WR Garcon back; BALT avgs. just 16.5 points on road.Redskins 27,
Ravens 20
Chiefs at
Browns
Browns by 7Yuck. KC is 31st in scoring (15.7 points a game), CLEV is 24th (19.1). Who cares?Browns 20,
Chiefs 16
Chargers at
Steelers
Steelers by 8QB Roethlisberger back for PIT; SD a mess, 4 road losses in a row. Rain possible .Steelers 27,
Chargers 17
Titans at
Colts
Colts by 5½IND No. 5 passing, TEN No. 25 vs. pass; Just 1 of IND 5 home wins by over 4 pts.Colts 24,
Titans 20
Jets at
Jaguars
Jets by 3Sliding Sanchez back at QB for NY; JAX "O" has been better with Henne at QB.Jaguars 20,
Jets 17
Bears at
Vikings
Bears by 3MIN has little on offense other than RB Peterson, but CHI "D" is banged up.Vikings 23,
Bears 17
Falcons at
Panthers
Falcons by 3½ATL keeps winning, but not always impressive; CAR has NFL's No. 8 pass "D."Panthers 26,
Falcons 24
Eagles at
Buccaneers
Bucs by 7½ PHA plays out string, has named rookie Foles its starting QB for rest of the season. Tampa is No. 1 vs. the run, which will put even more heat on Foles. Bucs should roll.Buccaneers 34,
Eagles 17
Rams at
Bills
Bills by 3 BUF "O" line beat up, but Bills probably won't have to score much to win — Rams avg. just 18.7 points, and much of recent scoring has been on TDs by "D." Bills 24,
Rams 16
Cowboys at
Bengals
Bengals by 3½DAL has lost last 3 road games vs. teams now over .500; CIN's 39 sacks lead NFL.Bengals 27,
Cowboys 20
Dolphins at
49ers
49ers by 11SF's QB Kaepernick faces No. 26 pass "D;" expect little for MIA vs. NFL's No. 2 "D."49ers 27,
Dolphins 13
Saints at
Giants
Giants by 5Both QBs (Brees, Manning) have been up and down. NO "D'' is improving. Giants 27,
Saints 23
Cardinals at
Seahawks
Seahawks by 10 Skelton back at QB for woeful AZ; SEA 5-0 at home, run game rolls in the rain.Seahawks 24,
Cards 10
Lions at
Packers
Packers by 7DET has lost 20 in row in GB, but has No. 1 passing attack and can stay close if conditions don't get too bad. Snow predicted for much of the day, 3 inches total.Packers 30,
Lions 26
MONDAYLINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Texans at
Patriots
Patriots by 3½NE o-line banged up, bad sign vs. sack-happy DE Watt; NE offense No. 1, HOU No. 2.Texans 30,
Patriots 27

PICK OF THE WEEK TO WIN: Seahawks.

PICK OF THE WEEK vs. POINT SPREAD: Seahawks (-10).

CAESAR'S RECORD

Overall record • Last week: 8-8. Season: 127-64-1

Vs. point spread • Last week: 5-11. Season • 98-87-6.

Pick of the week to win • Last week: Wrong (Ravens). Season: 10-3.

Pick of week vs. spread • Last week: Wrong (Ravens -7½). Season: 6-6-1.

GAMELINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Packers at
Bears
Packers by 2½Both teams are significantly banged up; GB wraps up division with win. Packers 23,
Bears 17
Giants at
Falcons
Falcons by 1½ATL comes off clunker in CAR, wakes back up vs. NFL's 25th-ranked defense.Falcons 30,
Giants 26
Buccaneers at
Saints
Saints by 3½Look for a shootout as two of NFL's worst pass defenses will be on the field.Saints 33,
Buccaneers 31
Vikings at
Rams
Rams by 3MIN will work RB Peterson hard, but STL run "D'' is decent. STL attack very weak.Rams 17,
Vikings 13
Redskins at
Browns
No lineConditional picks: First is if QB Griffin starts for WAS; second is if Cousins makes first NFL start.Redskins 24,
Browns 20
Browns 20,
Redskins 13
Jaguars at
Dolphins
Dolphins by 7½JAX back to popgun "O" after brief uptick with Henne; MIA takes out frustrations.Dolphins 23,
Jaguars 13
Broncos at
Ravens
Broncos by 3DEN has 8 wins in row, but BAL (2 straight losses) needs this one much more.Ravens 26,
Broncos 23
Colts at
Texans
Texans by 10INDY lives on comeback wins, but figures to be too far back.Texans 27,
Colts 17
Panthers at
Chargers
Chargers by 3CAR set for letdown after upset of ATL; SD finally found magic last week in PIT.Chargers 27,
Panthers 23
S'hawks vs.
Bills in
Toronto
Seahawks by 5½SEA only so-so on the road, but BUF isn't home, either. SEA "D" ranks No. 4Seahawks 26,
Bills 16
Lions at
Cardinals
Lions by 6½AZ (9 losses in row, 58-0 last week) has given up. DET dead too, but at least tries.Lions 24,
Cardinals 10
Steelers at
Cowboys
Steelers by 2DAL just 3-3 at home, faces No. 1 "D;" PIT rebounds after home loss to SD.Steelers 23,
Cowboys 20
Chiefs at
Raiders
Raiders by 3OAK "D" is awful, KC offense putrid. Who cares? Unfortunately, pick is required. Raiders 20,
Chiefs 13
49ers at
Patriots
Pats by 4½NE's top-rated offense faces the team that allows fewest points (14.2/game) in NFL. NE has short week after playing Monday night, plus has cross-country trip.49ers 23,
Patriots 21
MONDAYLINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Jets at
Titans
Titans by 1½NY has won last 2 despite not scoring in 1st half, but repeat won't get it done here. Titans 17,
Jets 13

PICK OF THE WEEK TO WIN: Lions.

PICK OF THE WEEK vs. POINT SPREAD: 49ers (plus 5).

CAESAR'S RECORD

Overall record • Last week: 10-6. Season: 137-70-1

Vs. point spread • Last week: 7-8-1. Season • 105-95-7.

Pick of the week to win • Last week: Right (Seahawks). Season: 11-3.

Pick of week vs. spread • Last week: Right (Seahawks -10). Season: 7-6-1.

GAMELINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Titans at
Packers
Packers by 12½ GB still can get the No. 2 NFC seed; TEN gives up 28.3 points a game, 30th in NFL.Packers 27,
Titans 17
Raiders at
Panthers
Panthers by 8½OAK comes off whitewash of KC, but allowed 89 total points in last 2 road games.Panthers 30,
Raiders 16
Bills at
Dolphins
Dolphins by 4½BUF has had trouble scoring on road lately; MIA allows just 19.9 points a game.Dolphins 17,
Bills 10
Bengals at
Steelers
Steelers by 3½PIT minus key CB Taylor (ankle) for this must-win game, but finds a way to win.Steelers 23,
Bengals 20
Patriots at
Jaguars
Patriots by 14½NE sends top-rated offense (432 yards a game) at 2nd-worst "D" (394.1 ypg).Patriots 38,
Jaguars 13
Colts at
Chiefs
Colts by 7KC blanked last week by OAK, which gives up NFL-worst 28.7 points a game. Steady IND has won 7 of 9, is close to clinching playoff slot and should get job done here.Colts 23,
Chiefs 10
Saints at
Cowboys
Cowboys by 3Don't trust Dallas despite 3 wins in row; NO "D" comes off shutout, but "O" is its key. Saints 31,
Cowboys 27
Redskins at
Eagles
Redskins by 6½QB Griffin back for WAS (5 wins in a row); return of RB McCoy not enough for PHA. Redskins 23,
Eagles 17
Rams at
Buccaneers
Buccaneers by 3TB blanked by NO "D" last week, but Martin should roll vs. sliding STL run "D."Buccaneers 24,
Rams 13
Giants at
Ravens
Giants by 2½Banged-up BALT already is in playoffs; NY has lost 4 of its last 6 and is in fight for postseason slot. Grudgingly will side with the desperate, healthier team.Giants 24,
Ravens 20
Vikings at
Texans
Texans by 8MIN RB Peterson (8 straight 100-yard games) gets big test in his quest for NFL rushing record. HOU run "D" ranks No. 5. Texans get top AFC playoff seed with win.Texans 27,
Vikings 20
Browns at
Broncos
Broncos by 12½DEN has won 9 in row, RB Moreno rolling and Broncos are 20-2 in last 22 vs. CLE.Broncos 33,
Browns 13
Bears at
Cardinals
Bears by 5½ CHI has lost 5 of 6 but wakes up vs. AZ, which lost 9 in row before beating DET.Bears 23,
Cardinals 13
Chargers at
Jets
Jets by 2½Teams with QB making his 1st NFL start, as NY's Greg McElroy does, are 19-41 over last 6+ seasons (3-6 this year). NY figures to run a lot; SD is No. 7 vs. run.Chargers 20,
Jets 17
49ers at
Seahawks
EvenSEA is on a roll, SF may be minus key DE Justin Smith. SEA is 6-0 at home.Seahawks 23,
49ers 20

PICK OF THE WEEK TO WIN: Broncos.

PICK OF THE WEEK vs. POINT SPREAD: Broncos (-12½).

CAESAR’S RECORD

Overall record • Last week: 10-6. Season: 147-76-1

Vs. point spread • Last week: 9-5-1. (No line on WAS-CLE.) Season • 114-100-8.

Pick of the week to win • Last week: Wrong (Lions). Season: 11-4.

Pick of week vs. spread • Last week: Right (49ers +5). Season: 8-6-1.

GAMELINECOMMENT CAESAR'S PICK
Jets at
Bills
Bills by 3Sanchez back at QB for NY in mean-nothing game. BUF has lost 7 of its last 9. Yuk.Bills 20,
Jets 13
Dolphins at
Patriots
Patriots by 10½Tough call, because NE's motivation could hinge on games over before it plays.Patriots 30,
Dolphins 17
Ravens at
Bengals
Bengals by 2½Both have locked up a playoff slot so motivation a question; another tough call.Ravens 23,
Bengals 20
Browns at
Steelers
Steelers by 8Teams with QB making his 1st NFL start, as CLE's Thad Lewis does, are 19-42 over last 6+ seasons (3-7 this year). CLE lead RB Richardson also not 100 percent.Steelers 27,
Browns 3
Texans at
Colts
Texans by 7Win gives HOU top AFC seed; IND has emotional return of coach, but is banged up.Texans 24,
Colts 20
Jaguars at
Titans
Titans by 4½Woeful JAX minus its best offensive player, WR Shorts, who has concussion. Titans 17,
Jaguars 10
Eagles at
Giants
Giants by 7Vick back at QB for PHA, look for a big effort as he tries to keep NY out of playoffs.Giants 26,
Eagles 23
Cowboys at
Redskins
Redskins by 3WASH may already be in playoffs before kickoff, but DAL must win no matter what.Redskins 30,
Cowboys 24
Bears at
Lions
Bears by 3CHI gets in playoffs if it wins and MIN loses, but DET's No. 1 pass attack potent.Lions 27,
Bears 20
Packers at
Vikings
Packers by 3½It's win and in the playoffs for MIN, as RB Peterson needs 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL rushing record. But GB plays for first-round bye.Vikings 23,
Packers 21
Buccaneers at
Falcons
Falcons by 8TB is terrible, but ATL already has NFC's top seed, might rest key players a lot.Falcons 23,
Bucs 17
Panthers at
Saints
Saints by 5½NO poised to end on high note in battle of clubs peaking too late to make playoffsSaints 33,
Panthers 28
Chiefs at
Broncos
Broncos by 16½If HOU loses earlier in day, DEN can get AFC's top seed. At worst will play for a bye.Broncos 30,
Chiefs 10
Raiders at
Chargers
Chargers by 8OAK QB Pryor makes first NFL start and he admits he's nervous. See ya, Raiders.Chargers 27,
Raiders 13
Cardinals at
49ers
49ers by 16½SF mad after SEA game, takes it out on AZ and QB Hoyer, who makes 1st NFL start.49ers 31,
Cardinals 10
Rams at
Seahawks
Seahawks by 11SEA ripe for letdown after rout of SF and little chance for NFC West title; STL rising.Seahawks 24,
Rams 17

PICK OF THE WEEK TO WIN: 49ers.

PICK OF THE WEEK vs. POINT SPREAD: 49ers (-16½).

CAESAR'S RECORD

Overall record • Last week: 11-5. Season: 158-81-1

Vs. point spread • Last week: 9-6-1. Season • 123-106-9.

Pick of the week to win • Last week: Right (Broncos). Season: 12-4.

Pick of week vs. spread • Last week: Right (Broncos -13½). Season: 9-6-1.

Jim Thomas is the lead Rams beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.