Rams Browns Betting – Rams Take Another Loss
The St. Louis Rams and the Cleveland Browns began their preseasons in opposite ways. The Rams fell 28-7 to the Vikings, although rookie quarterback Sam Bradford looked somewhat sharp in his first NFL game experience. The Browns were able to come back to defeat Green Bay by a score of 27-24, after being behind late in the fourth quarter. With both teams having poor records last season, this game is more important than it may seem, as the franchises begin to rebuild.
NFL Betting: St. Louis Rams @ Cleveland Browns
Online betting odds: Browns -3.5
Why To Bet On The RamsThe Rams enter this game looking to avenge the drubbing that took place at the hands of Minnesota. While it was just a preseason game, both the Rams starters and reserves mostly struggled, particularly on offense. There was some good to be had, though. Sam Bradford was accurate and converted two third down opportunities. The offensive line, though, had trouble protecting him, as he was sacked numerous times and forced to scramble. They may be able to benefit from Steven Jackson, their star running back, appearing in his first preseason action. Jackson may be the best player on either team in the game. He will need to get some reps in, and may get a lot of carries in doing so, which can help the Rams to victory.
Why To Bet on the Browns
The Browns have to be excited about their first preseason game. It is not necessarily because of the victory, but because of how the first team offense performed. Jake Delhomme threw for a touchdown and Seneca Wallace added two more, as the new quarterback duo tries to make Cleveland fans forget about Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson’s regime. Colt McCoy did not perform well in his first NFL action, so he will be trying to redeem himself against the Rams. Expect to see more out of rookie running back Montario Hardesty, as the Browns hope to get him more involved to prepare a time share with Jerome Harrison.
How the Game Will Play Out
While the Rams are looking to bounce back, I think Cleveland is too much for this one. They are a deeper team and with two quarterbacks, quite possibly fighting for the starting job, that are NFL veterans, the game may be out of reach for the St. Louis backups to come back. Remember, this Browns offense put 21 points up on a Packers first team that was the 5th-ranked defense in the NFL. The Rams offensive line also needs to prove they can at least somewhat protect Bradford, which is looking like a long shot at this point. The Browns should roll in this one.