Free Week 1 Prediction: Rams vs. Panthers NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Los Angeles Rams vs. Carolina Panthers (0-0)
Date: Sunday, September 8
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: Stubhub Center, Carson California
NFL Week 1 ATS Betting Lines: Rams -3
NFL Week 1 Moneyline Odds: Rams -155, Panthers +130
NFL Week 1 NFL Betting Total: 50.5
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The Rams are hoping to avoid the malaise that has often come from losing the Super Bowl. They are still a pretty young team with a very bright outlook.
Carolina could not avoid the above but their future is less certain these days. Cam Newton is the key to them being even competitive this season. Right now we are not sure what we are going to get.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are one of the top contenders coming into the season and why shouldn’t they be. They probably were ahead of schedule last season in terms reaching the Super Bowl anyway. Now they just have to avoid playing to character.
The big question for the Rams this season is what is up with Todd Gurley. At times last year he looked like the future of the position but then late in the season and playoffs he was a non-factor.
Jared Goff is coming off his best season as a pro and has nice weapons so maybe they can still be elite even without a nice running game as a compliment. We will see.
On defense the Rams feature Aaron Donald up front. He is considered to be the most disruptive defensive player in the league and makes everyone better. Clay Matthews was brought it for some extra pass rush ability. I like their defense a lot.
This is a pretty easy spot for L.A. even though they are on the road across the country to start the season.
The Panthers know all about losing the Super Bowl and then failing to meet expectations. It might be to their advantage in this one. though they are not nearly as talented as L.A.
Cam Newton was a difference maker then and they need him to be again this season. The reality is that the Panthers do not have much offense beyond Christian McCaffrey, who is a fine weapon but needs some help.
They have always tried to win by running and with great defense but the names are changing D. No more Thomas Davis and now no more Julius Peppers for good.
The key for this one is getting pressure on Goff. When Carolina is at their best they get in a quarterback’s face and make him uncomfortable without
Carolina is going to have to play well to notch a win in their opener. They might be able to sneak a win but I am not fond of their chances.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in LAR last 8 games in September.
- LAR are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games in Week 1.
- CAR are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- CAR are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games.
- LAR are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Los Angeles -3
This one is on the key number but I think it will go up as game time approaches. Now is the time to hit it.
NFL Free Week 1 Score Prediction: Los Angeles 31 – Carolina 21
L.A. will avoid the “slump” at least for now. Carolina will look like a team in need of offense and that story will repeat itself throughout the season.
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