Predictions For St. Louis Rams Betting – Jeff Fisher Tries To Rebuild A Franchise In A New Place
Head Coach: Jeff Fisher
Offensive Coordinator: Brian Schottenheimer
Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams (suspended)
Owner: Stan Kroenke
Stadium: Edward Jones Dome
Super Bowl Wins: 1
Having finished 31st in the NFL in 2011 with only 4,537 yards of total offense to their credit, the St. Louis Rams face a steep uphill climb this upcoming season. The Rams have been ravaged by injuries at the quarterback position in recent years, with the offensive line failing to provide remotely adequate protection for quarterback Sam Bradford. The consequences of poor line play have been undeniable, however: St. Louis averaged under 180 passing yards per game in 2011, putting the Rams 30th in the league, ahead of only Jacksonville and Denver. This is an offense in need of a wholesale fix on the line and at the non-quarterback skill positions. Merely keeping Bradford's body intact through the course of the season would rate as a notable achievement for the Rams. Yes, it's that bleak for them on the offensive side of the ball.
Online sports betting lines will not treat the Rams kindly unless they can improve their rushing defense. The Rams' defense finished 22nd in the NFL by giving up 5,734 yards, but what has to be very alarming for new coach Jeff Fisher is that St. Louis conceded over 150 rushing yards per game, the second-worst average in the league (Tampa Bay). The Rams have to get better at stopping the run, especially since they reside in a division (the NFC West) with high-quality running backs such as Frank Gore of the San Francisco 49ers and Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks. Robust run defense is a must for success in the National Football League, and right now, the Rams don't have it. They'll need it in 2012.
The Rams averaged 45.5 yards per punt and a 41.7-yard net. Those numbers are very satisfactory, though not quite in the top tier of the league. At any rate, this was certainly not one of the problems the Rams had to deal with in 2011. Placekicking was solid but not spectacular for St. Louis. The team made 31 field goals in 37 attempts. That's a solid 84-percent clip, but with one miss under 30 yards and another miss under 40, the Rams left a few points on the board. The sportsbook odds will improve for the Rams if they can become more airtight on chip-shot and medium-range kicks.
The foremost betting sites will tell you that the Rams are clearly in the worst shape of any NFC West team. Jeff Fisher might very well turn this franchise around in the coming years, but he'll struggle in 2012 as he encounters the enormity of his situation. A 4-12 record sounds about right.
Week 1 – at Detroit (1:00 PM ET)
Week 2 – vs. Washington (4:05 PM ET)
Week 3 – at Chicago (1:00 PM ET)
Week 4 – vs. Seattle (1:00 PM ET)
Week 5 – vs. Arizona (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
Week 6 – at Miami (1:00 PM ET)
Week 7 – vs. Green Bay (1:00 PM ET)
Week 8 – vs. New England (1:00 PM ET)
Week 10 – at San Francisco (4:25 PM ET)
Week 11 – vs. New York Jets (1:00 PM ET)
Week 12 – at Arizona (4:25 PM ET)
Week 13 – vs. San Francisco (1:00 PM ET)
Week 14 – at Buffalo (1:00 PM ET)
Week 15 – vs. Minnesota (1:00 PM ET)
Week 16 – at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET)
Week 17 – at Seattle (4:25 PM ET)