NFL Betting Preview: St. Louis Rams vs Detroit Lions
First week of NFL Betting action on Sunday September 9th, we got the St. Louis Rams traveling to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions. BetDSI Sportsbook current live betting lines display the St. Louis Rams as huge underdogs at +280 and getting +7.5 points via the spread against the Detroit Lions who are heavy -350 favorites.
The Detroit Lions made huge improvements last year when their young QB Matthew Stafford finally stayed healthy a full season. Stafford played great throwing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns to 16 interceptions. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was his best target and is making a claim as best receiver in the league, in 2011 he had insane numbers 96 grabs for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The Lions defense has also gotten nastier over the past two years since the pick up of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. DT Nick Fairley has not panned out as hoped thus far but Corey Williams is paired at the line with Suh for a really good tandem. Detroit’s linebacking corp and secondary is mediocre but have a knack for creating turnovers, so they will have to really get a good push at the line all season long from their play makers.
The St. Louis Rams had a very rough 2011 campaign which saw their head coach Steve Spagnulo fired, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, as the new head coach is none other than Titans long tenured coach Jeff Fisher. He is hoping he can mold young star Sam Bradford into a great QB and will bring a great sense of leadership to the Rams.
St. Louis’ offense is mediocre at best with Sam Bradford having regressed since his rookie campaign. Bradford missed six games but during his 10 starts he did not look good throwing at only a 53% completion rate and only 6 scores to as many interceptions. Running back Steven Jackson appears to still be the only great offensive weapon, last season he ran 260 times for 1,1145 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns.
Look for the Detroit Lions to run away with this one at home and cover the spread against the St. Louis Rams. The Lions offense will just be too much for the Rams defense to handle, and I just do not see their offense keeping up.
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