Rams Looking to Prove They’re Real Deal Against Falcons in Week 2
The St. Louis Rams added quite a few key players to their team in the offseason and through just one game they have already began making an impact. The Rams were even able to start of their season with a win over the Arizona Cardinals last week, yet they still find themselves as the sports book decided underdog this weekend. The Atlanta Falcons on the other-hand lost a tough Week 1 match-up with the New Orleans Saints, and must prove to football fans and themselves they can come back from that and beat the Rams as they are expected to.
St. Louis Rams @ Atlanta Falcons
Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA
Odds: Falcons -7
What To Watch For From The Atlanta Falcons
Sports bettors were expecting the Falcons to air out the ball a lot in their first game which is something that came true as they ran the ball just 13 times. Instead of focusing in on either Julio Jones or Roddy White, quarterback Matt Ryan spread the ball around to seven different receivers in the game and even got the newcomer Steven Jackson involved in the passing attack. Jackson impressed in the run game as well carrying the ball 11 times and picking up 77 yards for an impressive seven yards per carry average. The Falcons’ offense looks good on paper but they struggled to put up points against the Saints which is hopefully something they will be able to do in Week 2 against the Rams.
What To Watch For From The St. Louis Rams
The Rams used a 14-point fourth quarter to beat the Cardinals last week, and instead of rookie Tavon Austin leading the team in receptions it was instead tight end Jared Cook who finished with 141 yards and two touchdowns. Bradford appears to have taken a step forward this season as he torched the Cardinals’ defense for almost 300 yards through the air despite having an almost non-existent run game. Not many sports gamblers expected the Rams to have a successful run game but they surprised many and gave Daryl Richardson 20 carries despite him averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. Bradford will have to carry the load once again for this squad in Week 2, but the Rams’ defense will have to limit the Falcons’ offense if Bradford is going to have to outscore them almost single handedly.
The Falcons clearly have the more well-rounded offense of the two teams and unless the Rams’ defense is able to shut down Ryan the Rams will likely struggle in this game. Bradford will have to carry the offense once again but with an improved Falcons secondary it is hard to believe he can carry his team to victory without a run game. Even though the Rams come in as a seven points underdog I expect the Falcons to beat them by more which is why they are my sports betting pick.