Team Report - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams 2012-2013 Season Odds
The Rams were consider an outside contender in the NFC West last season, but nothing went right and the season was an absolute bust. St. Louis won only two games last season as their offense completely tanked and their defense didn't do much better.
Odds to win NFC West: +800
Regular Season Win Total: 6 (Over -140)
Props: NFL Rushing Leader Steven Jackson 25/1
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford had a frustrating 2011 season, during which he was hampered throughout by injuries. In 10 games Bradford passed for 2164 yards with only six touchdowns and six interceptions. Even when healthy Bradford lacked any real go-to- receiving targets and the Rams hope to have addressed that with the return of a healthy Danny Amendola and by drafting Brian Quick.
The Rams only reliable offensive weapon last season was running back Steven Jackson. The veteran back rushed for 1145 yards on 260 yards, but with the passing attack being a bust he only had four touchdowns. Jackson remains the No. 1 in St. Louis, but the Rams may have found his successor if second round pick Isaiah Pead delivers on his potential.
On defense the Rams boasted some great numbers against the pass last season, but they may be somewhat misleading. St. Louis was seventh in the league versus the pass, but that was mainly because they were so bad against run no one needed to pass against them. The Rams were 31st (152.1 yards per game against the run last season, but did not do much to address that weakness in the offseason.
One of the biggest changes for St. Louis this season was the hiring of head coach Jeff Fisher and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. However, the Williams hire may as well be void, as he's currently suspended indefinitely for his role in the Saints Bounty scandal.
Odds to win NFC West at Bovada as of August 20
San Francisco 49ers -200
Arizona Cardinals +500
Seattle Seahawks +400
St. Louis Rams +800
2012 St. Louis Rams Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 9 STL @ DET (Ford Field 1:00pm FOX)
02 Sep 16 WAS @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 4:05pm FOX)
03 Sep 23 STL @ CHI (Solider Field 1:00pm FOX)
04 Sep 30 SEA @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
05 Oct 4 ARI @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 8:20pm NFL)
06 Oct 14 STL @ MIA (Dolphins Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
07 Oct 21 GB @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
08 Oct 28 NE VS STL (Wembley Stadium, London 1:00pm CBS)
10 Nov 11 STL @ SF (Candlestick Park 4:25pm FOX)
11 Nov 18 NYJ @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm CBS)
12 Nov 25 STL @ ARI (University of Phoenix Stadium 4:25pm FOX)
13 Dec 2 SF @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
14 Dec 9 STL @ BUF (Ralph Wilson Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
15 Dec 16 MIN @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
16 Dec 23 STL @ TB (Raymond James Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
17 Dec 30 STL @ SEA (Qwest Field 4:25pm FOX)
St. Louis Rams 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview
St. Louis bounced back from an abysmal 1-15 season in 2009 to come within one game of making the playoffs last season. The transformation came thanks to 2010 first overall pick Sam Bradford, who stepped right in and played at a high level last season.
This year, St. Louis comes into the regular season with expectations as they are the popular pick to win the NFC West. With a year of experience under Bradford’s belt, and a slew of new weapons on offense, a step forward could be in the cards.
Odds to Win NFC South: +160
Regular Season Win Total: Over 7.5 (+100)
Props: MVP Odds Sam Bradford 25/1
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Sam Bradford was asked to throw the ball a lot for the Rams last season, and he delivered. Bradford threw for 3,512 yards and 18 touchdowns (with 15 interceptions) en route to offensive rookie of the year honors.
This year, he’ll have a lot more weapons at his disposal. Mike Sims-Walker was brought in as a free agent, and St. Louis drafted college standouts Austin Pettis (Boise State) and Greg Salas (Hawaii). They also drafted versatile pass-catching tight end Lance Kendricks.
Bradford will also have more weapons in the backfield to hand the ball off to. Steven Jackson is still the main man (1,241 rushing yards in 2010), but he is joined by free agents Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood, who will help carry the load in the running game.
With so much talent added on offense, along with a year of experience under Bradford’s belt, the offense could take a big step forward this year.
Defensively, not much changed this offseason. St. Louis was slightly below average against both the run and the pass last year, but was adequate enough and held opponents to less points (20.5 per game) than any other team in the NFC West.
The NFC West is a tricky division to predict, and the division winner rarely separates itself from the pack. That said, St. Louis has the talent to win eight or nine games, and that should place them near the top.
Week 1: vs. Philadelphia
NFC West Odds at Bodog as of August 26:
St. Louis Rams +160
San Francisco 49ers +200
Arizona Cardinals +210
Seattle Seahawks +600
2011 St. Louis Rams Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 11 PHI @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
02 Sep 19 STL @ NYG (MetLife Stadium 8:30pm ESPN)
03 Sep 25 BAL @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 4:05pm CBS)
04 Oct 02 WAS @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
06 Oct 16 STL @ GB (Lambeau Field 1:00pm FOX)
07 Oct 23 STL @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 4:15pm FOX)
08 Oct 30 NO @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
09 Nov 06 STL @ ARI (University of Phoenix Stadium 4:15pm FOX)
10 Nov 13 STL @ CLE (Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
11 Nov 20 SEA @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 4:05pm FOX)
12 Nov 27 ARI @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)
13 Dec 04 STL @ SF (Candlestick Park 4:15pm FOX)
14 Dec 12 STL @ SEA (CenturyLink Field 8:30pm ESPN)
15 Dec 18 CIN @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm CBS)
16 Dec 24 STL @ PIT (Heinz Field 1:00pm FOX)
17 Jan 01 SF @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm FOX)