Free Preseason Week 3 Prediction: Rams vs Broncos NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Preseason Week 3
(0-2) Los Angeles Rams vs. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Date: Saturday, August 28th
Time: 9:00 PM
Venue: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver Colorado
NFL Preseason Week 3 ATS Betting Lines: Denver -8.5
NFL Preseason Week 3 Moneyline Odds: Los Angeles +340, Denver -450
NFL Preseason Week 3 NFL Betting Total: O/U 33.5
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The last week of a shortened preseason is here with plenty of coaching decisions to be made on who makes the team and/or who gets to start.
In 2019, Los Angeles was 2-2 in the preseason and Denver was 2-3 counting the Hall of Fame game. The Rams finished that season 9-7 and the Broncos finished 7-9. In 2020, Los Angeles ended up a decent 10-6 while Denver took a wrong turn at 5-11.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams lost their last game 17-16 against the Raiders. Bryce Perkins was the sole quarterback for the Rams and he was inconsistent, but was able to run for 41 yards. He threw a TD pass to keep the game close at the end.
Los Angeles was able to run the ball pretty effectively, with Jake Funk tallying 56 yards and Xavier Jones with 29.
The defense was the big winner in this game as the defensive line and secondary were great. Chris Garrett was the best lineman and Juju Hughes and J.R. Reed blanketed their receivers.
According to Football Insiders’ DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), the team ranked 9th in the league in 2020. This is a measurement of successful plays considering both total yards and yards towards a first down, with extra “points” awarded for big plays.
There is an offensive and defensive component to the stat. The Rams were 10th in offense and 4th in defense.
LA is 0-2 so far but they have not been playing many starters. Their backups and 3rd strings have shown last game that they can step up, especially on defense.
The Broncos beat the Seahawks 30-3 in their last preseason game but against a Seattle team that rested most of its starters. QB Teddy Bridgewater scored on his first two drives and secured the starting QB spot over Drew Lock.
Denver has continued to look good this preseason, but they haven’t faced a team playing all or most starters yet. Without the QB competition between Bridgewater and Lock, we might not see both for the first time.
In 2020, Denver ranked 29th overall in DVOA (30th in offensive, 13th in defensive). So far they’ve shown that they have the offensive power this season to vastly improve.
Denver’s defensive end Jonathon Cooper has been surprisingly good in these last two games. He was selected in the 7th round yet has been impressive lately.
Runnings backs Javonte Williams and Royce Freeman were a good pair for the rushing and passing games respectively.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Rams are 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Underdog is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
- Broncos are 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a home favorite.
- Broncos are 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The Over is 8-1 in the last 9 LAR games as an underdog.
- The Under is 8-2 in the last 10 DEN games as a favorite.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Los Angeles Rams +8.5
The Rams are the bet in this matchup. Underdogs that made the playoffs have historically done well against the spread in the preseason. The Broncos seem overvalued after beating up two questionable lineups so far in the Vikings and Seahawks.
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