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Rams vs Titans Betting Odds - Titans' playoff hopes fading fast

Posted by Stan Simmons on 12/8/2009 3:32:13 PM

NFL Odds: Pick Rams +13

NFL linesRams vs Titans betting odds are crucial for Tennessee, which is clinging to desperate playoff hopes; even winning out the season might not be enough to get the Titans into the postseason. Knocking off the 1-11 Rams might not be as easy as it seems, though - St. Louis hasn't been blown out since Week 7 against the Colts.

Rams vs Titans betting odds: Rams +13 (TOTAL: 41)
WHAT: NFL betting
WHEN: Sunday, December 13 at 4:05 p.m. ET
KEY STAT: Steven Jackson averaging 120 rush yards in his last six games

Rams vs Titans betting odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
Tennessee's inspiring playoff run suffered a devastating blow thanks to last week's 27-17 loss to the Colts. The defeat snapped a five-game winning streak and dropped the Titans to 5-7. Even if they win out, the Titans likely won't reach the postseason.

Meanwhile, the Rams are searching for their second win of the season. They're dropped four straight since beating the Lions in Week 8, moving their overall record to an embarrassing 1-11, including last week's 17-9 loss to the Bears. At this point, St. Louis is in serious contention for the top pick in the 2010 draft.

Rams vs Titans betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
Tennessee's offensive resurgence has been led by Chris Johnson, who leads the NFL with 1509 yards; he's ripped off seven straight games of 100 yards or more. Vince Young has played very solidly since retaking the starting quarterback job. The next few weeks remain part of his audition to be the quarterback of the future.

The Rams have been brutal on offense, but no blame whatsoever can be laid on Steven Jackson's shoulders. The running back has rushed for 1232 yards this season despite having a target on his back all year. His efforts have been wasted thanks to a very poor passing game.

Betting Edge: Titans

Rams vs Titans betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
The Titans "D" put together a nice run before allowing 27 points to the Colts. It only came up with one takeaway and no sacks against Indy, a recipe for disaster against Peyton Manning. Overall Tennessee is playing with more confidence on this side of the ball; it has been very stout against the run, ranking eighth in the NFL.

The Rams can't stop the run to save their lives. Johnson should have a field day against a unit allowing 146 yards per game on the ground. Getting their hands on Vince Young should be even tougher; the Rams have just 20 sacks this year, tied for 28th in the NFL.

Betting Edge: Titans

Rams vs Titans betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Titans safety Michael Griffin reinjured his shoulder against Indy and his status is unknown. Defensive lineman Jason Jones could be shut down for the year after missing several games already.

Receiver Donnie Avery suffered a shoulder injury against the Bears, though the team is hopeful he'll play. Safety O.J. Atogwe seriously injured his shoulder too and could miss the rest of the year. Rookie tackle Jason Smith remains questionable with lingering concussion issues.

Betting Edge: Titans

Rams vs Titans betting odds for total: 41
Tennessee is explosive but is averaging just 19 points per game in its last three matchups. The Rams, of course, have struggled to score all year (11.6 points per game, worst in the NFL). They've managed to slow down some explosive offenses before, though - giving up 28 points to the Saints, 21 to the Cardinals - and have a shot to do the same here. Bet the under at your sportsbook.

Pick: UNDER 40

Rams vs Titans betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Titans are unquestionably the better team and they shouldn't be in any jeopardy of winning this game. They are, however, in danger of covering the spread. Sports betting fans have watched St. Louis serve up some scrappy efforts over the past month; throw in a deflated Tennessee squad that probably kissed the playoffs goodbye last week, and a slow start is likely. Bet on the Rams to cover this weekend.

STAN'S PICK: Rams +13

Get all the Week 14 NFL odds, including Rams vs Titans, in the sportsbook, plus analysis on each game in the Betting Edge.



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