The Rams could be one of the most undervalued teams in the NFL this season, or they could once again fall to around the .500 mark. Last season in the NFL Odds, the Rams were 7-9 both SU and ATS. Even though they may not be a futures value, could they turn it around ATS?
Super Bowl (+5000)
The Rams were potentially on their way to an above .500 season last year before their quarterback got hurt. Sam Bradford has had a stigma surrounding his career basically the second he was drafted, because he hasn’t turned into a ‘franchise quarterback’ yet. However, it’s not his fault the previous Rams regime drafted him number one overall, and even though he may not be the next Tom Brady, he is certainly capable of being a solid quarterback in the NFL. Last season before he went down with an injury (another dark spot on his career) Bradford was on pace for 32 touchdowns and nearly 400 yards passing. That would have put him inside the top 10 in passing yards, and tied for 4th in the NFL in touchdowns. If Bradford can stay healthy this season, his weapons have just expanded after another season. Even though this is a young team, and even though their Super Bowl window won’t be open in a tough division this season, their time may be near.
When you have to play the Cardinals, 49ers and Seahawks in six of your 16 games during a season, it would be next to impossible for the Rams to become valuable in the NFC Odds. Their front seven alone is going to give them an edge over most every team in the NFL, even some in their division. The Rams had 53 sacks last season, which made them the third highest in the league, and with the entire unit returning, this team has a lot of potential to create turnovers for quarterbacks. Even though they lost some depth in their secondary with the departure of Cortland Finnegan to Miami, the Rams’ secondary shouldn’t be that bad. As a team last season they ranked 19th in the NFL in passing yards against at 242 per game, and even though it might be their achilles heal this season too, I doubt it will be extremely exploitable. They are young however, as most of their secondary players are entering their third season in the league.
NFC West (+700)
As I mentioned above, the Rams’ chances of winning this division are slim this season. However St. Louis almost always plays well against their division both SU and ATS. Even though they were 1-5 SU and ATS versus the NFC West last season, that could have mainly been due to the fact their quarterback was injured most of the season. Bradford only got to play two divisional games last season, and the loan win SU and ATS last season was his Week 1 victory over the Cardinals. With Bradford healthy, the Rams might not be a bad ATS wager this season. If you go back just one more year to 2012, the Rams were 4-1-1 SU versus the NFC West, and 6-0 ATS. Don’t underestimate the Rams ATS this season, as they could be a very solid NFL betting pick against their division, and at home in the dome.