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2013 Rams Preview & NFL Football Future Lines & Pick

2013 Rams Predictions

The St. Louis Rams have been a team in transition the last few years – they are a team certainly trending in the right direction.

With NFL football betting times just a short time away, Cappers Picks NFL handicappers have been hard at work putting out the team by team NFL Season Predictions & Previews for those of us who can’t wait. Bet on the 2014 Super Bowl winner, plus 2013/14 Conference and Divisional winners.

2012 Record: 7-8-1
ATS: 11-5
Rams Odds to win the 2014 NFC West Division: +750
Rams Odds to win the 2014 NFC Conference: 25/1
Oams Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII: 40/1


Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Heading into the 2013 season there is plenty of optimism in St. Louis – that the puzzle pieces will continue to fall into place and that Coach Jeff Fisher can further put his stamp on what appears to be a team on the rise. The only problem? They play in the very tough NFC West where they will have to face the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks twice each.

The Rams bid farewell to Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola this year which created huge voids on the field and in the locker room while opting to go with younger talent – a move that could pay off in spades provided their high draft picks pan out as expected.

The team brought in Jake Long and tight end Jared Cook and drafted receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey from the same school – all of whom could make the Rams offense a heck of a lot better than they were last year provided they play up to their expectation.

It would seem that the season hinges on Sam Bradford getting over the hump – something that the #1 overall pick in the 2010 draft has been unable to do thus far. Tavon Austin could be the guy that makes all the difference – he is a game changer capable of taking it to the house each and every time he touches the ball.

Austin, Bailey, Chris Givens, Brian Quick and Austin Pettis should be enough for Bradford to succeed although they are largely young and unproven in this league. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

The passing game received a lot of attention in the offseason at the expense of the running game that took a major hit when Steven Jackson left town. Left to shoulder the load is Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead – I know!

Running the ball could be a glaring weakness for St. Louis – Bradford won’t have the threat out of the backfield to keep defenses honest!

Defense seems to be a signature of the “New NFC West” All of the squads in the division have stout defenses and the Rams certainly are no exception.

Chris Long and Robert Quinn are perhaps the best pair of defensive ends in the game – they combined for 22 sacks last year and could be better this year. The Rams also posess some talent at defensive back but could be in trouble at the safety position – Craig Dahl and Quintin Mikell are gone and Darian Stewart and Rodney McLeod are slated to be the starters at safety for St. Louis.

Rams Betting Outlook:

The Rams biggest enemy this year will be their lack of a true threat at running back and their tough schedule. In addition to battling the 49ers and Seahawks twice each, they also have to deal with the Falcons, Saints, Panthers, Bears, Texans and Colts. They will most definitely be better because of the moves they made and because and because of the influence of second year coach Jeff Fisher.

Is Sam Bradford the answer? Can they beat the elite of the NFL West?

Will the rookie wide receivers buck the trend and catch on to the pro game in record time? The answers to these questions are likely “No, not quite yet” – the Rams are poised for an 8-8 finish largely because of a stout defense.

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