Los Angeles Rams Free Game-by-Game Picks At A Glance

Friday, July 15, 2016 1:37 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 15, 2016 1:37 PM UTC

Will the Rams crack the 6.5 season win total projected across most sportsbooks? Find out as we break down their NFL schedule and offer up NFL picks for each and every game.

Los Angeles Rams 2016 NFL schedule Game-by-Game Predictions at a Glance
Actually, depending on your choice sportsbook, the Rams are found dangling on a projected season win total anywhere from 6.5 to 7.5, which in the context of NFL betting is a big difference. At Bet365 the Rams are pegged on 6.5 but the OVER is backed into -200 NFL odds. Whereas at Bodog the Rams are pinned at 7.5 but the UNDER is backed into -150 NFL odds.

Newsflash people: the Rams haven’t been a .500 team since 2006. That the NFL betting market is encouraging bettors to flirt with the idea the Rams just might be a .500 team this season given the upheaval and change they’ve only just undergone in the offseason is a bit of a red flag. Anybody that has moved house, city, state or country must know what a challenge that is in itself. Going to the field, injury woes are still an issue on the defensive side of the ball. Then there’s the unpredictability in the signal caller position with a rookie quarterback, No.1 NFL draft pick Jared Goff, potentially slated to lead the charge.  

In a word, that spells uncertainty. And a lot of it. Take a page from the last few rookie quarterbacks to start in the NFL – Blake Bortles and the Jaguars finished 3-13 in 2014 (the rookies started in week 3). Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings finished 7-9 SU (the rookie started in week 3 and won six of his starts) in the same year. Finally, precious Johnny “Football” Manziel was eviscerated in his lone start in 2014 when he led the Browns to a stunning 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The year after the delinquent quarterback won just two of his seven starts.

The top 2015 draft class included two quarterbacks –the No.1 NFL draft pick Jameis Winston and the No.2 NFL draft pick Marcus Mariota. Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 6-10 while Mariota and the Tennessee Titans finished 3-13.

On such compelling evidence, which says in no uncertain terms the NFL is no picnic, it’s reasonable to expect the Rams to face similar growing pains, surely. Well, if that’s not enough how about the fact that they have the third toughest NFL schedule in 2016. Now that must give NFL bettors some pause as far as the Rams and their prospects go?

Four road games beginning with a Monday Primetime slot against the Niners at Levi Stadium, a home date with Seattle in week 2 and a cross-Atlantic trek to London (sacrificing a home game) where they’ll take on the Giants in week 7 could all but sink their season in a flash. If they somehow muster up a positive mark before a week 8 bye, the second half of the season looks even more daunting with Carolina, NY Jets, New Orleans, New England, Seattle, and Arizona making up six of their last nine games. Hard to imagine a positive result over that stretch unless Jared Goff proves to be something of a miracle.

With that said we delve into the game-by-game predictions and serve up choice NFL picks for the Rams’ 2016 schedule with a view towards determining the best bet in projected season win totals. If the tone of the preamble weren’t obvious, we’re leaning towards the UNDER on our bets but the question is do we play it safe and take the 7.5 season win total at -150 with Bodog for our NFL picks. Or do we risk the lower season win total of 6.5 with Bet365 for the tempting +165 NFL odds on offer?

Read on…with a pinch of salt on hand...


Los Angeles Rams 2016 Season Win Total Predictions At A Glance

Week 1 vs. San Francisco (away), Monday, September 12
The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are set to reignite the cross-Cali rivalry, an NFC West showdown that is already being hyped up for Monday Night Football in week 1 of the NFL betting season. Inasmuch as the 49ers have plenty of question marks under new coach Chip Kelly and the fluid quarterback situation so to the Rams leave many things unanswered. Granted they have the No.1 NFL draft pick in Jared Goff, but is he enough to pin their hopes on for the 2016 season? Will he be even starting in a Primetime slot, what must be a daunting prospect for a rookie? Subtract four starters on defense and holes in offense and do the Rams have a reasonable expectation to win a road game in week 1 of the NFL betting season. It’s a stretch.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 0-1


Week 2 vs. Seattle, Sunday, September 18
The Rams upset the Seattle Seahawks last season in overtime top open the 2015 season and then did the same to close the season in CenturyLink. A bit of luck and home advantaged worked them in week 1, but they never really built on that result over the course of 2015 nor did Jeff Fischer appear to really trust in Nick Foles as his signal caller, pushing the Eagles’ cast-off in 2015 to the sidelines halfway through. The Seahawks will be out to settle the score in this rivalry, a series sweep that they probably feel should never have happened and would not have had they not lost in overtime in week 1. Short week, tough opponent, a score to settle.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 0-2


Week 3 vs. Tampa Bay (away), Sunday, September 25
Jameis Winston and the Bucs are tipped to be a side on the up in the NFL but with a new coach and system in place for the second-year rookie, there are bound to be growing pains. Still, we know a little bit more about the Bucs and the way they play under Winston and not so much about the Rams and what they’ll look like if Jared Goff is indeed the signal caller. Throw into the mix a cross-country trip to Tampa Bay, which is in itself an obstacle to overcome, and we’re tipping it to the hosts on our NFL picks.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 0-3


Week 4 vs. Arizona (away), Sunday, October 2
Third round game in four weeks. Third NFC West opponent. This time, the NFC champs. Sooooooo yeah. Loss. Loss. Loss.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 0-4


Week 5 vs. Buffalo, Sunday, October 9
If the Rams do get off to an abysmal start as our first four predictions clearly suggest this game is going to come with a bit of desperation. An absolutely must-win game. Or heads will roll in management. Fortunately, Rex Ryan teams can be unpredictable and inconsistent. So a good 2015 season for the Bills with Ryan at the helm isn’t necessarily an indication they’ll be enjoying the exact same fortune in 2016. The Bills will be coming off a trip to New England in week 4 NFL betting, marking a second road trip in as many weeks. Even if they don’t face Tom Brady in week 4, it’s still Belichick’s Patriots and they can’t be written off just because backup Garoppolo might be in charge. In any event, back-to-back road trips are tough, never mind cross-country.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 1-4


Week 6 vs. Detroit (away), Sunday, October 16
We’re on the fence with this matchup for week 6 NFL betting. It’s a tough call with a fourth road trip in the first six weeks of the season for the Rams. Last term, the Rams defeated the Lions 24-14 at home, but, then again, everybody was beating the hapless Lions last season. More importantly, though, the date with the Rams followed immediately after the last-gasp Hail Mary throw by Aaron Rodgers that snatched the W for Green Bay in the most remarkable way possible. How does anybody get up for another game after that? So the Rams win should be taken with some reservation. The Lions don't have Calvin Johnson anymore but they have Matthew Stafford, who isn’t the greatest but he’s seasoned enough to give his team a chance at home.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 1-5


Week 7 vs. NY Giants (LONDON), Sunday, October 23
Following the trip to Detroit, the Rams pack up and jet over the Atlantic for a date with the NY Giants – a home game sacrificed for the privilege to play at Wembley. A lot of travel, too much uncertainty….a date with Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr…..so yeah. Another big LOSS.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 1-6


Week 8 BYE


Week 9 vs. Carolina, Sunday, November 6
After a much-needed bye week the Rams welcome the Panthers to the City of Angels. The NFC Champions and Super Bowl runners-up. Go on chalk up a win for the Rams if you’re so brave. We’re not.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 1-7


Week 10 vs. NY Jets (away), Sunday, November 13
Just when things couldn’t get any worse the Rams board another plane and jet across the country to face Ted Bowles’ New York Jets – hope some smart person  in the organization gets about sorting out a frequent flyer card for the Rams et al because the mileage they’re racking up is insane. Yeah, this is a tough one to predict. Sure the Jets are in a contract stalemate with Fitzpatrick but the Jets are coming off a solid 9-7 SU season in which they very nearly made the playoffs and many NFL bettors have the Jets taking another step forward in the AFC East.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 1-8


Week 11 vs. Miami, Sunday, November 20
Back onto the plane. Another 6hours (or so) of flying time to reach LAX. Miami would have been in the same boat coming from Florida but in week 10 they are in San Diego for a date with the Chargers. So, ironically, it’s more likely that the Dolphins will be better rested up for this game than the Rams. Sort of nullifies home advantage for the Rams, don’t you think? That said the Dolphins are one of the toughest teams to predict in 2016. From season to season in recent memory, they’ve been talked up something huge only to fall well short of expectations. This could be one of those duds Ryan Tannehill and Company throw in.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 2-8


Week 12 vs. New Orleans (away), November 27
Back to LAX airport again. A flight to New Orleans for a date with the Saints. Drew Brees and the Saints finished 7-9 in back-to-back seasons. It’s hard to say where they’ll be sitting in 2016 for sure, but in the corresponding game-by-game prediction piece for the Saints we have Drew Brees and the Saints bouncing back in the NFC South and giving the Carolina Panthers a run for their money. In this game, in particular, Drew Brees’ experience and certifiable elitist status in the game should trump anything the Rams bring to the table.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 2-9


Week 13 vs. New England (away), December 4
Yet another flight across the country. A visit to New England and the Patriots in week 13, by which time Tom Brady will be chomping at the bit as he finds form down the stretch. It could be a brutal day at the Foxboro. Oh, and the freezing temperatures in New England will play a part. Speaking of the cold, the Rams, by now, might be looking to redeem the points they’ve collected on their frequent flyer (air miles, whatever you call it) program as they decide where they’re all going for their much-needed vacations. That is assuming somebody got on it and signed them up to such a program. A long flight back home awaits.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 2-10


Week 14 vs. Atlanta, Sunday, December 11
The Atlanta Falcons descend on the Los Angeles Rams. Dan Quinn’s time with the Seattle Seahawks as their defensive coordinator could be the key factor towards taking the win in Los Angeles.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 2-11


Week 15 vs. Seattle (away), Thursday, December 15
The Seattle Seahawks pull off the series sweep and return the favor in 2016.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 2-12


Week 16 vs. San Francisco, Saturday, December 24
A pride win for the Rams at home over the San Francisco Niners. Small consolation though it is.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 3-12


Week 17 vs. Arizona, Sunday, January 1
Arizona Cardinals are likely to be in a race for the NFC West division title. Rams probably not. So this game could be meaningful for the Cardinals. Last year, they split the series. A rare miss by the Cardinals in a standout season. The Cardinals finish strong with a statement win in Los Angeles.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 3-13


NFL Projected Season Win totals For Rams Prediction: In three of the four seasons, Jeff Fischer has coached the Rams they finished 7-9 SU, barring the one 6-10 SU season in 2014. He has yet to make the Rams a .500 team, never mind a winning team. Four cracks at it is a lot by the NFL standard and it wouldn’t be churlish to suggest it’s somewhat surprising he’s still in charge. Well, if all goes to plan according to our gloomy forecast Fischer could well be out of a job before the season ends. A 3-13 SU would be a new nadir for the Rams under Fischer, one that surely won’t go down very well.

Look, it might not be all doom and gloom and as bad as we forecast but the simple fact is that Fischer’s Rams at best have been a 7-9 SU team, which makes a bet on anything higher than seven wins a risky bet. Add to that a horrendous schedule that has them flitting back-and-forth across the country like yo-yos, a rookie quarterback that is a big unknown yet in the context of the NFL and several issues on both sides of the ball. What you have then is a bet that is even one degree higher than a risky bet: a hazardous bet. A dicey bet. An insane bet… Take your pick of the adjective provided.

What that brings about are two approaches to consider on your NFL picks. The safest bet is to take the Rams UNDER 7.5 with Bodog at -150 NFL odds. The chancier bet and, crucially, more attractively priced bet is to take the UNDER 6.5 with bet365 at +165 NFL odds. The latter of which is an option for those NFL bettors that would agree with this brazen and brash game-by-game preview. Otherwise, stick to the former option and hope Fischer’s record of producing 7-9 SU Rams continues.


Free NFL Pick: UNDER 6.5 +165
Bes Line Offered: at Bet365

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