St Louis Rams Betting Odds Preview
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