Handicapping L.A. Rams (9)
June 19, 2018
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The Los Angeles Rams head into the 2018 season with high expectations, as the team is coming off an 11-5 season and an NFC West title. Many people are talking Super Bowl for this year’s Rams, but oddsmakers are not so convinced, as they set the win total for Los Angeles at just nine games.
Will the oddsmakers be right and will the Rams regress, or will Los Angeles be a Super Bowl contender? Let’s look at the Rams schedule and see if they will go over or under their win total.
Los Angeles Rams 2018 Win Total - per BetDSI.eu
Over 9 (-135)
Under 9 (+105)
The Rams will begin year two under head coach Sean McVay in 2018. The Rams won 11 games last season and on paper they look to be even better with the additions of CB Aqib Talib, CB Marcus Peters, WR Brandin Cooks and DL Ndamukong Suh.
The question is how all of the new players will fit in with the current ones. Chemistry does matter in the NFL and we don’t yet know if the Rams will have it. The Rams will play a first-place schedule in 2018, so they will not have it easy as they look to defend their NFC West title.
Los Angeles Rams Schedule Analysis
Monday, Sept. 10, at Oakland Raiders
The opener for the Rams will not be easy, but perhaps facing the Raiders early will be better than facing them late, as Oakland has a new head coach in Jon Gruden. The Rams are the better team, but Gruden will want to beat his former pupil.
Sunday, Sept. 16, vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have a different look this season with Sam Bradford under center. The Rams should be able to put pressure on Bradford and the Los Angeles offense should put up a lot of points.
Sunday, Sept. 23, vs. Los Angeles Chargers
This game will be something special, as it will be the first regular season game between the Rams and Chargers since the teams moved to Los Angeles. The Rams have the better team and they should get this “home” win.
Thursday, Sept. 27, vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Rams will be looking for revenge, as they were beaten on the road last season by the Vikings. The Vikings have a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins and Minnesota is a serious threat in the NFC. This should be one of the top games of the season.
Sunday, Oct. 7, at Seattle Seahawks
The Rams will get some extra rest for this one, as they are coming off a Thursday game. The Rams know they can win in Seattle, as they won 42-7 in Seattle last season.
Sunday, Oct. 14, at Denver Broncos
If the Rams are going to have a letdown this could be the week. They will face a Denver team that now has Case Keenum under center and the Denver defense is excellent.
Sunday, Oct. 21, at San Francisco 49ers
This should be a shootout, as the 49ers have a potent offense under Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers are definitely capable of scoring points with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, but the Rams have the defensive edge.
Sunday, Oct. 28, vs. Green Bay Packers
This could be another shootout between Goff and Rodgers. This will be the first time that Rodgers has played at the Coliseum since he was at Cal in 2004.
Sunday, Nov. 4, at New Orleans Saints
There are simply not many easy spots on the schedule for the Rams in 2018. They have to go on the road to face the Saints who have one of the league’s best offenses and an improving defense.
Sunday, Nov. 11, vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Rams have oftentimes struggled at home against the Seahawks, but this year’s Seattle team shouldn’t be as good as past squads and the Rams should get this home win.
Monday, Nov. 19, vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Mexico City)
This game will take place in Mexico City and a chance for Marcus Peters to face his former team. The Rams should have the edge on both sides of the ball and get this win.
Sunday, Nov, 25: Bye
Sunday, Dec. 2, at Detroit Lions
The Rams get the advantage of extra rest for this one. The Rams were very good last year coming off the bye, as they routed the Giants. They should get this road win against Detroit.
Sunday, Dec. 9, at Chicago Bears
The Bears should be improved, but Los Angeles still has more talent on both sides of the ball. Expect Aaron Donald and company to get to Mitch Trubisky multiple times in this one.
Sunday, Dec. 16, vs. Philadelphia Eagles
This could very well be a matchup that decides home field advantage in the NFC. The Rams have the home field edge in this one, but the Eagles are just as good as the Rams, perhaps better.
Sunday, Dec. 23, vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Rams should have no trouble taking care of Arizona in this one, even though it is a potential letdown spot.
Sunday, Dec. 30, at San Francisco 49ers
The regular season finale for the Rams could be meaningful for both teams and who knows, it just might decide the NFC West title.
2018 Los Angeles Rams Season Win Total Prediction
It is very surprising that the win total for the Rams is just nine, as the team won 11 games last season and looks to be improved. The schedule is difficult, but it is still hard to see anything less than 10 wins for the Rams in 2018.
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