St Louis Rams Betting Odds Preview
It’s been nine years since the Rams last made the playoffs, and a full decade since a winning record was last seen in St. Louis.
Those two streaks, however, could soon come to an end after the Rams used the NFL Draft to strengthen their defense as they wait for their load of talented players on offense to have their breakout seasons.
St. Louis Rams Odds to Win NFC West: +700 at Bovada
St. Louis Rams Odds to Win Super Bowl: 50/1 at Bovada
St. Louis Rams Regular Season Win Total: 7.5 at Bovada
St. Louis Rams Betting Props: Tre Mason to Win Offensive ROY 25/1 at Bovada
Topping that list of offensive talent in need of a breakout season is QB Sam Bradford. It would be a lot easier for Bradford to finally live up to his first overall pick expectations if he could stay healthy for an entire season. Bradford only lasted seven games last season, passing for 1,687 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Bradford’s group of receivers took on a high-risk/high-ward player in Kenny Britt in the offseason. Like Bradford he’s had trouble staying on the field in recent years, but if he can tap into his lofty potential he’ll make a solid addition to young wideouts Tavon Austin and Brian Quick.
The Rams' running game appears to be in good hands with Zac Stacy. Last season as a rookie Stacy rumbled for 973 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games. St. Louis also drafted running back Tre Mason who will battle with Isaiah Pead and Benny Cunningham for the backup job.
The Rams' defense was third in the league in sacks last season and they should be among the league leaders for a while with their young talent. Robert Quinn terrorized quarterbacks last season with 19 sacks and Chris Long added 8.5 sacks. St. Louis also added DT Aaron Donald in the draft and along with Michael Brockers could form one of the best defensive lines in the league.
St. Louis were a poor pick for bettors last season at 7-9 ATS. They posted a healthy 5-3 ATS mark at home, but they were awful on the road at 2-6 ATS.
NFC West Odds at Bovada as of August 5
Seattle Seahawks +125
San Francisco 49ers +150
Arizona Cardinals +700
St. Louis Rams +700
The St. Louis Rams enjoyed their best overall mark since 2006 last year with a 7-8-1 SU and 11-5 ATS record. The team continues to build around young quarterback Sam Bradford, and will try to take the next step and earn its first winning season since 2003 this year.
While St. Louis finished 2012 with a losing record, there were plenty of positives to take away for the young team. The Rams were competitive just about every week, losing by double digits only three times and finishing with an 11-5 ATS record. They also had a great year against division rivals, going 4-1-1 SU and a perfect 6-0 ATS in NFC West play.
With the departure of running back Steven Jackson and no clear replacement for him brought in, the offense will revolve around Sam Bradford even more than it already did in 2013. Offensive tackle Jake Long and tight end Jared Cook were signed to help make Bradford’s life easier, and the Rams also traded up in the draft to snag speedy wideout Tavon Austin. Extra protection and new weapons in the passing game could lead to a breakout season for Bradford.
St. Louis was solid on defense last year, finishing 14th in total yards allowed with 342.6 yards per game and in scoring defense allowing 21.8 points per game. The front seven should be the team’s strength again this season, but there is some concern in the secondary as both of last year’s starters at safety are gone and will be replaced from within. USC draft pick T.J. McDonald could be thrust into a starting role and asked to learn on the job in a hurry.
The Rams aren’t deep enough to compete with Seattle and San Francisco for the NFC West title. But they showed last year that they could hang with those two teams on the field, and if Bradford’s new supporting cast help bring his game to the next level, a wild card spot isn’t out of the question.
NFC West Odds at Bovada as of August 3
San Francisco 49ers -125
Seattle Seahawks +140
St. Louis Rams +650
Arizona Cardinals +2000