NFL Betting Predictions: Philadelphia Eagles at St. Louis Rams
Sunday at 1pm Eastern, the St. Louis Rams will host the traveling Philadelphia Eagles at the Edward Jones Dome. BetDSI.eu sportsbook http://betdsi.com/live-lines/football currently have the Eagles as a -220 favorite giving up -4 points to the Rams.
The Phildadelphia Eagles offense has had a shaky start with QB Michael Vick having a terrible preseason which I think helps us sportsbettors this first week( more on this later). Michael Vick has thrown 19 completions for 219 yards for only a 52.8 percent completion rate 1 TD and 3 INT for a very low 45.9 QB rating. The Eagles running back by committee has been good, they have focused on using their best playmaker of the group LeSean McCoy in space on swing passes and pounding the rock with others. In doing so they have managed good numbers with RB’s Don Lewis, and newly acquired ex Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown.
The Eagles defense has been been absolutely terrorizing opposing QB’s during the preseason for 19 sacks, creating 4 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions. Star DE Trent Cole is looking sharp early grabbing 2 sacks and 6 tackles with a bunch of QB hurries. While young DE Phillips Hunt and LB Brian Rolle have been stellar combining for 5 sacks. The Eagles great ability to get to the QB does not fair well for the talented but still young St. Louis QB Sam Bradford, you will see some mistakes this game.
The St. Louis Rams offense has looked good this year with QB Sam Bradford having a season under his belt, he is certainly looking sharp. Bradford this preseason has thrown 31 completions on 54 attempts for a 57.4 completion rate , 411 yards, 5 TD’s 2INT”s good for a 97.1 QB rating. The Rams running attack has not looked spectacular but they have been solid. RB Cadillac Williams who unfortunately do to a span of severe leg injuries had his career stalled after winning rookie of the year in 2005, looks to be back on the up and up. Williams had 30 rushing attempts for 116 yards 3.9 yards per carry one for 15 yards and one touchdown. This is good news for the young Wiliams who I hope better days are ahead for the young man. Starting RB Steven Jackson is off to a to a slow start of 24 attempts for 89 yards a 3.8 yards per carry and 0 TD’s. However he is usually slow in the preseason and shows his good stuff when he gets a bunch of carries a game
The Rams defense has just not been able to pressure the QB at all managing only 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles, and 4 INT. A defense only managing 4 sacks in the preseason after a lock out where back ups come in and offensive plays go to hell for lack of execution, does not bode well for the Rams against a Michael Vick run offense.
My Prediction: Now to get to the part where I can explain how Eagles QB Micael Vick’s bad preseason helps us in this weeks wager. This line at only -4 looks really good, and Vick’s slow start helped pave the way for such a low line. The way the Eagles defense has been harassing the QB, Rams QB Sam Bradford while a great young talent, is just that (still young), he will make some mistakes against this awesome secondary of the Eagles for sure.
Take the Eagles at -4 , or jump on the money line.