Rams' Rebuild Continues in 2017, Falling Short of Win Total

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Mark Lathrop

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 1:23 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 31, 2017 1:23 PM UTC

Until the Rams solve their quarterback issues, our NFL handicapper finds no reason to expect a fast turnaround in 2017. The Rams look to be a sure wager to stay 'under' their current win total prop listed at Bovada.

The Los Angeles Rams continue their rebuild in 2017, and the current season win total prop is indicative of that fact. Currently sitting at 5.5 wins at Bovada, 'under' bettors have to pay steep -140 juice to wager on another unsuccessful season.

Of interest to sports bettors is if the Rams can improve on the offensive side of the ball, which was absolutely horrid in 2016. Averaging just 14 points and 255 yards per game, the Rams' offense was last in the NFL by a mile. Jared Goff was thrown into the starting role halfway through the season and picked up a nasty 63.6 QB rating while generally being just not very competitive. Goff will have a very young receiving corps in 2017 as well, with Tavon Austin being the most experienced receiver of all. Austin recently had wrist surgery, however, and is looking at possible missing some time to start the season.

The Rams were also in the bottom third of the league in total defense in 2016, giving up 24.6 points per game. With the offensive ineptitude, we are talking about an average losing margin of more than 10 points. Usually a strength, the Rams' defensive line failed to get home quite often on the year and only picked up 31 sacks. That is also near the bottom of the league standings for that statistic.

Looking at their schedule, if the Rams are to eclipse 5 wins this year they had better hope to start early in the season. Their schedule after the bye week is brutal, filled with probable playoff contenders, and they will have a disadvantage at quarterback in every one. And this is really what it boils down to, as I’m not sold on Goff as the starter here so it is hard to predict the Rams winning any of their games at all.

New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will have his hands full this season and plenty of time to install his defense. By that I mean game time, as the Rams’ offense lost time of possession by a wide margin in 2016. Sean McVay is the new head coach for the Rams and has the unenviable task of having a starting quarterback who has never won a professional football game. A new young coach does not make me comfortable backing the Rams to make huge strides forward. The play here is to take the 'under' of 5.5 games in 2017, even with the steep juice as Los Angeles waits for its new stadium to be built -- now pushed back to 2020.

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