The Los Angeles Rams are the cool new kids on the block in the NFL and they are poised to embarrass the rebuilding Arizona Cardinals in the eyes of the oddsmakers.
LA is 13-point chalk at home on Sunday and the biggest betting favourite on the Week 2 NFL odds board.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Arizona is coming off a 24-6 home loss to the Washington Redskins and all six of its points were scored in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided. The Cardinals dropped to 0-5 against the spread in their last five games in September, and they’ve covered the spread in just two of their last eight away dates.
Sportsbooks haven’t had the Rams giving this many points in a contest since Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 when they were 14-point favourites against the New England Patriots. Los Angeles was a double-digit favourite just once last season and it made quick work of the Houston Texans ending the game with a 26-point victory.
Bettors should expect this line to move if last week was any indication. The Rams opened as 3-point chalk against the Oakland Raiders and were close to 6-point faves before the game kicked off. Sports Interaction lists the Rams third on its Super Bowl odds list at +900 behind the Pats (+600) and the Minnesota Vikings (+850).
Sam Bradford didn’t impress in his debut game in a Cards uniform. The former Heisman Trophy winner averaged just 4.5 yards per pass attempt and finished with just 153 yards and an interception. Arizona is the fourth team, and the third in four years, to try out Bradford as its starting quarterback. This will be Bradford’s first game against the Rams, the team that took him first overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Los Angeles Rams
It was a tale of two halves for the Rams in their season debut. They looked unconvincing in the first 30 minutes in Oakland and entered halftime trailing 13-10. But Los Angeles outscored Jon Gruden’s group 20-0 in the second half and cruised to a 33-10 win.
This shouldn’t come as a huge shock. Los Angeles didn’t play any of its key starters a single snap during the pre-season. The ugly first half was likely a case of rust more than anything the Raiders did on defence.
The Rams are now averaging 30 points per game in the regular season since Sean McVay took over as head coach.