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Titans Rams Betting – Rams Continue To Improve Against Titans

Posted by Stan Simmons on 8/17/2011 8:15:08 PM
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St. Louis will be a serious online betting candidate to win the Super Bowl if they continue to get better at this rate, and after opening their preseason slate with an excellent outing, the Rams will keep rolling against a Tennessee team that is dealing with a subpar secondary and a star holdout.

What: NFL Betting

  • When: Saturday, August 20th, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
  • Pick: St. Louis Rams

Why Bet On Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker was the story from a 14-3 win at home over Minnesota for the Titans, as the rookie was 7-of-10 for 89 yards and a touchdown and while he won’t be stealing the job from Matt Hasselbeck this year, it was a good showing for a player many were surprised was taken as high as No.8 in the draft. But Locker will have a good mentor in Hasselbeck, who was 5-of-6 for 55 yards in his short cameo, and the quarterback picture in Tennessee finally looks stable in the first year of new head coach Mike Munchak’s regime. The defense played very well, racking up four sacks and they were constantly in the Minnesota backfield. It was also the first professional game for safety Myron Rolle, who had five tackles, a sack and a tackle-for-loss, and you may have heard as Rolle as the ex-Florida State All-American who took last year off to study at Oxford University. He looked like he never missed a beat as he was everywhere for the Titans, who need a presence on that side of the ball, especially in the secondary.

The Titans didn’t run the ball well, and while Chris Johnson wouldn’t have played much in this game anyway, his contract holdout is looming over the club. The Tennessee front office managed to delay it a year by slightly improving his contract last season, but Johnson isn’t playing without a new deal, and that is holding up Munchak’s plans because Johnson is Tennessee’s best offensive weapon, so look for that to be a running storyline.

Why Bet On St. Louis Rams

The Rams’ defense looked impressive in a 33-10 win over the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts, forcing three turnovers on the day. One of those picks came from safety Quintin Mikell, who was an offseason pick for St. Louis and his familiarity with coach Steve Spagnuolo’s system played a major role in his acquisition as the two worked together in Philadelphia. All three quarterbacks, including starter Sam Bradford, were efficient and the Rams even showed they could run the ball without Steven Jackson, and that’s good news as they can rest their workhorse more during the regular season. All in all, it was a great performance by the Rams, who have a legitimate shot to win the crowded NFC West, but they have to be more consistent throughout the season.

The St. Louis quarterbacks did a good job of spreading the ball around to different receivers, and without a true No.1 target they’ll have to continue with that plan. A groin injury to Mike Sims-Walker isn’t helping matters and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is out as well because of a concussion. That will be the mission of new coordinator Josh McDaniels: find ways for Bradford and company to get the ball to different receivers, which makes them incredibly tough to defend.

How It Will Play Out

The Rams are 3-point NFL betting favorites at home here, and they are 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last five regular-season games against the Titans, including the classic 23-16 victory in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, and that game was the only one in which these two teams didn’t go over the posted total.

The Tennessee secondary still has some work to do and the St. Louis aerial attack is in fine form, they’re at home once again in a dome and they’ll go after the Titans at the back. Look for another strong outing from the St. Louis offense in a sports betting victory.

Titans Rams Betting Pick – St. Louis Rams


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