Washington +2.5 the Pick as Redskins Host Rams

Steven Suarez

Monday, December 1, 2014 6:38 PM GMT

You never really know what you're going to get out of the Rams. They've been one of the NFL's most unpredictable teams, so it's tough to make our NFL picks here in Week 14. What have we decided?

Odds Overview
As of now, the Rams are favored by 2.5 points in spite of being out on the road. So far, St. Louis has gone 2-4 in six games away from home, with their overall record at 5-7

A total of 44 can be found, but we've got all week for the NFL betting odds to shift. Keep track of all of the Week 14 lines by heading over to Sportsbook Review's NFL odds monitoring site!
 

Washington Redskins
Losers of four straight, the Redskins are clearly out of the playoff picture. They've endured another forgettable season, with their 3-9 record not matching up with their level of talent. It hasn't been good at all.

The Robert Griffin III saga hasn't helped matters. There's been a lot of drama surrounding the quarterback, and now it looks like he's destined to be shipped off to another destination. Colt McCoy has stepped in and taken over as the starting QB, but his solid play in charge of the Washington offense wasn't nearly enough in a blowout loss to Indianapolis this past weekend.

McCoy threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, yet it still wasn't enough. The defense was atrocious, allowing 487 total yards to be racked up by Andrew Luck and company.

It was an uncharacteristically bad showing from the defensive unit, one that's actually graded out better than people may think. The Redskins are are in the top half of the league in passing and rushing yards allowed, but they had no answer for the deep plays against Indianapolis. They'll have to address that leading up to this home encounter with St. Louis.
 

St. Louis Rams
In the most dominant win of Week 13, the Rams showed no mercy in a 52-0 demolition of the Raiders at home.

It was practically over from the start, as St. Louis went up 21-0 after the first quarter and never looked back. In all, the Rams had 348 total yards of offense, while holding the Raiders to under 250 yards. The St. Louis defense got after it, forcing five turnovers and capitalizing in ruthless fashion.

Shaun Hill made plays when he had to, but overall it was the Tre Mason show, as the running back 164 total yards from scrimmage and accounted for three touchdowns, including a 89-yard scamper in the second quarter that all but crushed any lingering hope Oakland may have been holding on to.

Obviously it's going to be hard to match that performance, but there's no better way to build up confidence than to completely humiliate a team in every imaginable way. Since Week 7, the Rams have recorded wins over Seattle, San Francisco and Denver (we're not counting Oakland), so it's clear this is a team to be reckoned with right now. But, can they show consistency for the first time this season?
 

NFL Pick
Over the last eight weeks, the Rams have alternated losses and wins - they've still yet to win consecutive games at any point this season.

That's not why we're picking Washington, but it does help paint a clearer picture. This St. Louis team is still very inconsistent, so we're not going to over-react to a win over a bad Oakland squad. The Rams are going to find it much more difficult this weekend out on the road, where they've won just twice this season.

Washington's looking better offensively ever since McCoy took over, and we reckon the defense will show up with a better effort too after getting pummeled by the Colts. Since we don't believe the Rams should even be favored in this matchup, we'll gladly take those points and back a Redskins win at home for our NFL pick on this matchup.


Free NFL Pick: Washington Redskins +2.5 at 5Dimes

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