Rams Lions Betting Tips – Hungry Lions Look To Blow Past Rams In Season Opener
After years of futility, the Detroit Lions finally broke through as a legitimate playoff team under head coach Jim Schwartz in 2011. After recording one of the worst records in the NFL last season, the St. Louis Rams hope that they can also turn things around in a hurry under new head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher is a technical and motivational master, and he will get the most out of the talent on his roster. The problem right now is there isn’t much talent there, something the Lions will attempt to prove with a big opening week win.
St. Louis Rams @ Detroit Lions
Sunday September 9, 2012 – 1:00 PM ET
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
NFL Betting Line: Detroit Lions – 7
All eyes will be on Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and the Lions’ pass offense after they ranked in the top-five in the NFL a year ago. Stafford and Johnson connected for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns in their breakout season, but after failing to upgrade a rushing attack that ranked near the bottom of the league the pressure on that tandem will be even greater this online betting season.
NFL Betting Preview: St. Louis Rams
The Rams weren’t awful against the pass in 2011, but a big reason for that was that teams opted to run the ball a ton against one of the league’s worst rush defenses instead. Fisher has concentrated the attention on that side of the ball to upgrading the front-seven, and the addition of rookie first-round pick defensive tackle Michael Brockers has already shown promise. Offensively, St. Louis had a lot of trouble moving the ball and they didn’t do much to upgrade the talent on that side of the ball. A healthy Sam Bradford under enter will help, but the Rams lack the big-play threats that scare opposing coordinators.
NFL Betting Preview: Detroit Lions
Issues running the ball held the Lions back from reaching their potential on offense a year ago, but rookie running back Mikel Leshoure is injured and Jahvid Best is out with concussion issues, so don’t expect much to change in the early going. The offensive line will need to protect Stafford and keep him throwing to Johnson, Titus Young, and Nate Burleson, and an injury could be devastating to the team’s playoff chances. The Lions’ defense has one of the premier lines in the league with Ndamukong Suh leading the way in the middle, and while they lack depth at linebacker and secondary the Rams don’t have the weapons to expose it.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
The Lions should be even hungrier this year under Schwartz after getting a taste of their potential, and in a loaded NFC North every sportsbook win is important. While the Rams should show improvement throughout the course of the season under Fisher, there is still too many holes throughout the roster to expect them to win any more than three or four games. Detroit will throw everything they have at them early and look to force Bradford and company to play catch up, and St. Louis just doesn’t have the weapons to play catch up.
NFL Betting Pick: Detroit Lions