The Los Angeles Rams improved to 3-0 in away games and matched their win total from last season by knocking off the Jaguars last Sunday. They’ll take their road show and first-place standing thousands of miles away when they travel across the pond for a Week 7 NFC West showdown with the Arizona Cardinals at London’s Twickenham Stadium.
The Rams used a dynamic offense over the first four games of the season, scoring an average of 35.5 points per to jump to a 3-1 record. The offense stalled two weeks ago with just 10 points in a loss to the Seahawks and the group was silenced by the Jags on Sunday. When one phase of the game stalls, others need to pick up the slack. That’s what good teams do. The Rams got stellar special teams play to beat Jacksonville 27-17 when the offense mustered only 249 yards and one touchdown.
Outside of a 75-yard Leonard Fournette touchdown run on the Jags first offensive play, the defense played another strong game. But it was a 103-yard return touchdown by Pharoh Cooper on the opening kickoff that set the tone. Special teams had been just mediocre for the Rams early in the year. It didn’t cost them games and it didn’t win any either. They also got a blocked punt returned for a score and a pair of Greg Zuerlein field goals. The Rams limited Fournette to just 55 yards on his next 20 carries, got sacks from five different players to increase their total to an NFC-best 20 and picked off a pass.
2017 Record: 4-2
2017 ATS Record: 3-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 5-1
Current Super Bowl Odds: +2500
Current Odds to Win NFC: +1200
Current Odds to Win NFC West: +275
Current NFL Odds: Rams -3.5
Over/Under Total: 47
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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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