It was a disappointing finish to what was a remarkable turnaround season for the Los Angeles Rams, but it appears as though the club could be a force in the NFC for the next several seasons. Of course that’s been said many times before and sustaining a high level of success is much more difficult than one good season. But the Rams accomplished plenty under Coach of the Year Sean McVay. They won their first NFC West title since 2003 and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2004
And they did it with an offense that led the NFL in scoring during the regular season. With Jared Goff looking like the franchise quarterback the team expected when drafting him first overall in 2016, Todd Gurley leading the league in yards from scrimmage, and a rebuilt offensive line, the Rams averaged 29.9 points per game and topped the 30-point mark nine times. Unfortunately they didn’t reach that number in their first playoff game in Southern California since 1986, scoring just 13 points in a Wild Card Round loss to the Falcons.
The Rams hadn’t placed higher than 21st in scoring in any of the previous 10 seasons and they completed the reversal this season. They were dead last in scoring last year with an average of 14 just points per game and more than doubled that total in 2017. Their plus-149 point differential was the third best in the NFL and likely would have been much better had McVay not rested all his starters in a season-ending 34-13 loss. But that means little if the Rams can’t continue their upward swing and it appears as though they have a good chance with nearly everyone expected back next season.
2017 Record: 11-6
2017 ATS Record: 9-8
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 11-6
Current Super Bowl Odds:;N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC West: N/A
Wild Card Round: Falcons 26, Rams 13
ATS Result: Falcons +6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48
Postseason jitters for the young Rams may have been a factor or they just didn’t play their best game of the year. The offense sputtered at the outset and a costly miscue on a punt gave the Falcons and easy field goal to start the scoring. Another turnover followed a second Falcons field goal and that was cashed in, putting LA behind 13-0. The Rams made it close by scoring 10 points in the closing minutes of the first half, but the offense was silenced after that and the Falcons methodically put the game away, sending the Rams to a third straight cover loss.
Week 17: 49ers 34, Rams 13
ATS Result: 49ers -6
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44.5
With a number of key regulars resting for the postseason, the Rams were soundly beaten by Jimmy Garoppolo and the Niners, dropping their second straight ATS. Garoppolo had a field day against the JV team, tossing a scoring pass early in the fourth quarter for a 34-6 bulge. Sean Mannion got the start in place of Goff and completed 20 of 34 passes for 169 yards, but the Rams couldn’t dent the end zone until midway through the final quarter to help cash the over.
Week 16: Rams 27, Titans 23
ATS Result: Titans +5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46
The Rams used Gurley’s monster game to hang close then got a fourth quarter touchdown pass from Goff to Cooper Kupp to take the lead. The defense kept the Titans off the board the rest of the way and the Rams escaped with a win and the NFC West title, though they failed to cover the 5.5-point spread. The loss of Greg Zuerlein proved costly in that area with Sam Ficken missing a PAT and a field goal and McVay passing on three-point chances that were easily in Zuerlein’s range.
Week 15: Rams 42, Seahawks 7
ATS Result: Rams -1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47.5
The Rams took advantage of excellent field position and scored on six of their first seven possessions to put this one away by halftime. Five of the drives started in Seattle territory with another beginning at midfield, helping the Rams open a 34-0 lead at the break. Gurley extended the lead with his fourth TD of the game before Seattle avoided being shutout. Russell Wilson’s grounding penalty in the end zone resulted in a safety and the game’s final points, pushing the score over the total.
Week 14: Eagles 43, Rams 35
ATS Result: Eagles +1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47.5
The back-and-forth game produced four second half lead changes with plenty of offense to easily cash the over. The Rams took a 35-31 lead early in the fourth on Gurley’s second touchdown of the game, but the Eagles kept coming. They closed the gap on a field goal and the game-winner was set up by Goff’s fumble, which the Eagles converted into three points with less than four minutes remaining to hand the Rams an ATS loss.
Week 13: Rams 32, Cardinals 16
ATS Result: Rams -7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 43
With the help of two interceptions, including a pick-six from Alec Ogletree, the Rams jumped out to an early 16-0 lead and held on. The Cards got within 16-13, but the defense again took over, forcing three second half punts and blocking a field goal. Goff tossed his second TD of the game and Greg Zuerlein added three field goals to get the Rams the cover win.
Week 12: Rams 26, Saints 20
ATS Result: Rams -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 54
The Rams scored on their first possession and led the entire way with an all-around effort. They gained 415 yards while holding the Saints to their fewest yards since the season opener. And outside of a 74-yard run by Alvin Kamara, they held the explosive Saints in check. Goff threw two touchdowns and Greg Zuerlein added four field goals, lifting the Rams to the cover win.
Week 11: Vikings 24, Rams 7
ATS Result: Vikings -1
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
The Rams marched 75 yards for a touchdown with the game’s first possession and made it look easy. But it certainly wasn’t the rest of the way. A costly Cooper Kupp fumble on the Vikes goal line cost them points when the game was tied and the Rams amassed only 179 yards after that opening drive, failing to cover the 1-point spread as the Vikings pulled away in the second half.
Week 10: Rams 33, Texans 7
ATS Result: Rams -12
Over/Under Total Result: Under 45
The Rams started slowly but used an explosive third quarter to pull away from the Texans and cover the 12-point line. Goff threw all three scoring passes in the decisive frame and the Rams extended their halftime lead while holding Houston scoreless over the final two quarters allowing the under to cash. The Rams trailed 7-6 after Houston’s only touchdown, but Greg Zuerlein kept them in the game until the offense woke up.
Week 9: Rams 51, Giants 17
ATS Result: Rams -5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42.5
With Goff tossing four TD passes and Gurley running for a pair of scores, the Rams scored on eight of their first nine drives to put this one out of reach early and easily cover the spread. The defense refused to be outshined by the scoring exploits, holding the Giants to 319 yards with three takeaways and a pair of sacks. The Rams eclipsed the total on their own with Gurley’s second TD run late in the third quarter.
Week 8: BYE
Week 7: Rams 33, Cardinals 0
ATS Result: Rams -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 45.5
Things could have been much different had the Cardinals made a field goal on the game’s opening possession. But the Rams grasped the opportunity and jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a pair of Greg Zuerlein three-pointers. Alec Ogletree’s hit sidelined Carson Palmer and resulted in a Lamarcus Joyner pick that the Rams converted into a touchdown on the next play. The onslaught continued and the Rams covered the line for a second straight ATS win.
Week 6: Rams 27, Jaguars 17
ATS Result: Rams +1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42
The offense struggled but the Rams more than made up for it on defense and special teams to win outright as a 1-point dog. They scored only one offensive touchdown but used a pair of special teams scores and field goals to get the win and cash the over for a fifth time. Goff tossed a short scoring pass late in the first quarter, giving the Rams a 17-14 lead they never relinquished.
Week 5: Seahawks 16, Rams 10
ATS Result: Seahawks +2
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47
As poorly as the Rams played with all the turnovers and missed opportunities, they still had a chance to pull out the victory after Goff led them into Seattle territory late in the fourth. A third-down pass to the endzone was on target only to be dropped by Cooper Kupp. The next pass was off target and the Rams turned the ball over on downs. Five turnovers can limit the point production and the Rams tallied just 10, cashing the under for the first time.
Week 4: Rams 35, Cowboys 30
ATS Result: Rams +5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 51
The Rams scored on nine of their full 11 possessions to cash the over for a fourth time, and used seven Greg Zuerlein field goals to overcome the Cowboys. The Rams trailed 24-13 before Z connected at the half. The Rams made adjustments defensively and held Dallas to just six second half points while scoring 19. A fourth-down stop of Elliott a yard short of a first down late in the fourth quarter preserved the outright win.
Week 3: Rams 41, 49ers 39
ATS Result: 49ers +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 40.5
The Rams hadn’t scored more than 40 points in a game since the 2015 season, but their 41-39 win over the Niners was their second in three games this year, putting the over at 3-0. Goff was sharp hitting 22 of 28 for 292 yards and he got his Buffalo connection involved with Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins each having over 100 yards receiving. The Niners made it close with two late touchdowns, preventing the Rams from covering the 3-point spread.
Week 2: Redskins 27, Rams 20
ATS Result: Redskins +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
The Rams fell behind early and never led in dropping their first game SU and ATS. They forged a 20-20 tie midway through the fourth quarter, but left enough time for the Skins to score the deciding touchdown. Washington could have settled for a field and the lead late in the fourth, instead they scored a touchdown to eclipse the total, making the over 2-0.
Week 1: Rams 46, Colts 9
ATS Result: Rams -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41.5
The Rams haven’t had that kind of point production in three years and it was a welcome sight. The defense helped – a lot – but Goff was the center of attention. The first overall pick last year struggled in his rookie campaign, but he was efficient against the Colts, leading the Rams to 373 yards of total offense and not committing a turnover. Outside of the run game sputtering, everything went right for the Rams. Todd Gurley ran for just 42 yards on 10 carries, but the defense clamped down and didn’t allow a touchdown until the final quarter after building a 37-3 lead.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 1-3
If you caught this game when the early lines were released you could have gotten the Rams at +3.5. With news that Luck won’t be playing, the line quickly shifted and the home team is now a 3.5-point favorite. The Rams have their own issues with stud defensive lineman Aaron Donald holding out. It might not be an even trade, but you have to be cautious with the Rams until they prove otherwise.
Week 1: Rams vs. Colts, Sunday, September 10, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Rams vs. Redskins, Sunday, September 17, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Rams at 49ers, Thursday, September 21, 8:25 p.m. ET – NFL Network
Week 4: Rams at Cowboys, Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Rams vs. Seahawks, Sunday, October 8, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Rams at Jaguars, Sunday, October 15, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Rams vs. Cardinals in London, Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Rams at Giants, Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 10: Rams vs. Texans, Sunday, November 12, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Rams at Vikings, Sunday, November 19, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Rams vs. Saints, Sunday, November 26, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Rams at Cardinals, Sunday, December 3, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 14: Rams vs. Eagles, Sunday, December 10, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Rams at Seahawks, Sunday, December 17, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Rams at Titans, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 17: Rams vs. 49ers, Sunday, December 31, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
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