Vegas hasn’t been high on the St. Louis Rams for quite some time and rightfully so given their combined 15 wins from 2007-2011. The last time the Rams were favorites heading into a Sunday was December 26, 2010 and they covered the spread that day. This weekend, the Rams face the New York Jets and are favored by two points according to the oddsmakers.
It’s hard to say whether that is a vote of confidence for the direction that the Rams are heading in or a show of just how little they think of the way the Jets are trending. The teams have nearly identical records with the Jets at 3-6 and the Rams at 3-5-1 following last week’s tie. Making St. Louis the favorites probably makes the most sense given the turmoil in New York and the fact that the Rams boast a 3-1 record at home in the Edward Jones Dome.
The optimism is hard to hide for the Rams as they have already failed to win two heartbreaking games this season including last week’s tie with the San Francisco 49ers and a week six 17-14 defeat against the Miami Dolphins where three missed field goals cost them the contest. There is a real sense of belief in the locker room and rightfully so given the turnaround that first year Head Coach Jeff Fisher has engineered. This young roster is going places and there is no reason that they can’t get a home victory against a dysfunctional mess wearing green jerseys on Sunday.
As far as the point spread goes, the Rams should have no difficulty covering the two points currently being given to the Jets. This is a chance for the youth to shine in front of a home crowd as the team is finally getting healthy just in time for the stretch run.
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