Who could have imagined that the Los Angeles Rams would be the highest scoring team of Week 1? The Rams might have been the biggest surprise as they stormed out of the gate with a 46-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Are they, in fact, good now or were the Andrew Luck-less Colts that bad? We’ll find out this week as the Rams host the Washington Redskins.
Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Rams
Point Spread: Rams -2.5 Date: Sunday, Sept. 17, 5:05 PM ET Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, California
Point Spread And Betting Analysis
The point spread opened at Rams -2.5 but now the line is juiced up to -130. Clearly, the early impression from bettors is that the Rams are the play. The two teams have split their last 10 meetings straight up while the Rams have covered in six of those game. The line is very intriguing because the Redskins would have definitely been favored if you looked at this matchup before the season. There is a total of 46 out there for this game and seven of the last 10 meetings between these two have ended up under the posted total.
The Redskins fell 30-17 at home to Philadelphia and it was a bad, bad game for the offense. Kirk Cousins was 23-of-40 for 240 yards, a touchdown, and a pick, and he also lost two of Washington’s three fumbles. The Redskins also ran for just 64 yards with Cousins accounting for 30 of those yards. They have to find a way to be balanced on offense and have success running the ball or they might not win many games this year. Cousins was also sacked four times but he was hit much more as Washington couldn’t get it together offensively. The defense actually did fine despite allowing 356 yards and 30 points.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams blew out Indianapolis 46-9 at home in Sean McVay’s head coaching debut. Even though the Colts were missing Luck, you still have to give credit to the Rams for a great performance. Jared Goff was 21-of-29 for 306 and a touchdown while the defense got four sacks and forced two turnovers – a pair of interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.
It was a solid all-around effort for the Rams, but Goff had to be the biggest surprise because if you watched him last season, you would have never thought he was capable of being an NFL starter, much less having a 300-yard game. This will be a much tougher test for the Rams but the good news is they’ll get start tackle Aaron Donald back for this game. He had been holding out all offseason but will return for this contest.
Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Rams Prediction