Superbowl 46 Betting Online – 2011 Rams Season Preview
After three dismal seasons in which St. Louis won a total of six games, things are finally looking up after posting a 7-9 record in 2010.
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NFL 2011 Team Preview and Odds- St. Louis Rams
Odds to win the NFC West +185
Odds to win the NFC 22/1
Odds to win the Super Bowl 45/1
Win Total 7.5
Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo enters his third season with things moving in the right direction behind an exciting young quarterback and a defense that is vastly improved from the one he inherited.
Sam Bradford, who was the first overall selection in the 2010 draft, enters his second season as the Rams starter after an encouraging debut as a rookie. The numbers were not spectacular; 60 percent completion rate with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, but he was at the helm for all 16 games and managed the ball well for a first-year player.
As the pieces continue to fall in place around him, the stage is set for an even better performance in his sophomore year.
The one thing that Bradford can rely on is a strong running game led by Stephen Jackson, who rushed for 1,241 yards last season. In an effort to bolster the receiving ranks, the Rams drafted Austin Pettis in the third round and Greg Salas in the fourth round.
Keep an eye on Jared Jenkins this season, who was picked up from Detroit as an undrafted free agent.
Spagnuolo used the draft to primarily address the defensive side of the ball by selecting DE Robert Quinn with the 14th overall pick in the draft. He also added three defensive backs in the later rounds to add some depth to the secondary.
He then turned to the free agent market to fill some holes at linebacker, by signing Brady Poppinga, Zac Diles, and most recently Ben Leber, who started 23 games for Minnesota the past two seasons.
While these may not be household names to most fans, the overall quality of talent on defense should mesh well to improve a unit that ended the season ranked 19th in total yards allowed per game.
St. Louis will face a couple of stiff tests to start the season with a home opener against Philadelphia, Baltimore at home in Week 3, and a trip to Green Bay in Week 6.
If the Rams can stay anywhere near .500 through the first half of the season, they would be in great shape to make a run at the division with four or five winnable games down the stretch.
2011 Prediction: 8-8 and first in the NFC West
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