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Chiefs Rams Betting Tips - Rams Have To Make Forward Strides Against Rival Chiefs

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/14/2012 6:31:58 PM

The St. Louis Rams, like every other NFL team, do not have to win a single preseason game, but they do have to show that they are capable of competing at a high level at some point in time.

Kansas City Chiefs @ St. Louis Rams - Saturday, August 18   
Betting line: No line

Why Kansas City Will Win

The  online sports betting legal world is going to find it hard to lay down a set of odds that will be unfavorable to the Kansas City Chiefs in this battle for the state of Missouri. First of all, the Chiefs looked very impressive in their first preseason game last weekend. They pasted the Arizona Cardinals thanks to a 14-0 first quarter. Kansas City was playing an opponent that had already been able to play a preseason game (Arizona took part in the Hall of Fame Game a week earlier), so the conventional wisdom suggested that the Chiefs would be rusty when compared to the Cardinals. However, Kansas City turned out to be the team with more fluidity and feel for the game. Starting quarterback Matt Cassel turned in a crisp performance, something that had to make new head coach Romeo Crennel quite happy.

The defense limited Arizona's starting offensive unit to virtually nothing; the Cardinals didn't score any points at all until the next-to-last play of the first half, and that was a mere field goal. Preseason games aren't played for keeps, but if any kind of game is going to generate an extra degree of intensity, an in-state rivalry is it. The Chiefs should be motivated to play this game. Moreover, the Rams look absolutely awful. Again, preseason games don't count in the win-loss standings, but for St. Louis to lose by 35 points (38-3) to the woeful Indianapolis Colts ranks as a major-league embarrassment. The Rams rushed for only 68 yards, conceded 11 of 15 third-down conversions to the Colts' offense, and looked utterly hapless in every conceivable facet of competition. The Rams have so many issues to deal with, and it's clear that after one preseason game, they're going to require a lot of time to get their feet under them. Kansas City is the team that's much more ready to win right here and right now.

Why St. Louis Will Win

When football betting aficionados sit down to debate the betting line on this game, they'll certainly acknowledge that Kansas City should be the favorite, but many of them will offer a compelling case for St. Louis winning this game in an upset. The Rams showed so little at Indianapolis this past Sunday that they're bound to come back with a much stronger performance in a rivalry game against the Chiefs. Moreover, St. Louis will have so much to look at in film study this week that head coach Jeff Fisher will be able to fix a lot of problems. It's also worth noting that with jobs on the line after the first preseason game, many of the Rams' second-string players will have a lot of incentive to perform with distinction in the second half. If this game is very close entering the final 20 minutes, the Rams have a good chance.

Who Will Win

It’s Kansas City's game to lose. It's a contest in which St. Louis is so far behind the curve that the Rams can't be expected to prevail. Pick the Chiefs.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Kansas City


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