St. Louis Rams
1-15 (7-9 ATS), 4th Place NFC West in 2009
Things just didn't go well for the St. Louis Rams in 2009, but there weren't much in terms of expectations for them either. First year HC Steve Spagnuolo probably had better years, but there is plenty of reason for optimism, maybe not this season, but in the future for the Rams.
2010 Draft: Though many feel as though the best player on the board in this year's NFL Draft was Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh, the Rams did what they had to do and drafted their franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford. Without a doubt, Bradford was the most talented quarterback in the country last year, but his shoulder injuries kept him from really competing in his junior season. WR Marty Gilyard, drafted in Round 4, might crack the starting lineup right away for St. Louis. Second round draft pick OT Rodger Saffold will absolutely be in starting 11 from Day 1 barring injury, as the offensive line isn't exactly stellar for the Rams.
Offensive Outlook: The days of the "Greatest Show on Turf" are now officially gone. Though that offense was clearly the one run by Kurt Warner, Marc Bulger inherited a good majority of the unit. However, his career is most likely over, and it is certainly done in St. Louis. He led an offense last year that averaged just 279.4 yards and 10.9 points per game. That scoring average was dead last in the league. Just as QB Matt Stafford had absolutely no expectations in Detroit last year, Bradford knows that he has the exact same situation to work with, especially coming off of the shoulder injury. Anything more than a dozen points per game and a couple wins will be fantastic.
Defensive Outlook: When you only have an offense that scores 10.9 points per game, allowing 27.2 per game probably isn't a good recipe for victories. Simply put, this unit was awful in 2009, and things don't look a heck of a lot better in 2010. The unit allowed 372.8 yards per game and ranked 25th or worse in basically every major category. Only eight passes were picked off all season long last year, with DB James Butler leading the way with three. LB James Laurinaitis was the lone bright spot for the Rams defense last year, as he led the team with 108 tackles in '09.
2010 Betting Outlook: The oddsmakers are going to have a tough time putting numbers up on Rams game all season long. One would like to think that there are going to be some hefty, hefty numbers on the board for them to start with, but depending on how well Bradford does, there could be plenty of backdoors to be hit. Putting lines on 'totals' is going to be awfully difficult as well. The offense, on paper, is a lot better this year than it was a year ago, but how much time will Bradford need to get accustomed to the NFL? One thing is for certain though, and that's that this defense is going to continue to be awful.
St. Louis Rams Predictions: 3-13, 4th Place in NFC West 2010 St. Louis Rams Schedule
All Odds for 2010 NFL betting season can be found at Brobury Sportsbook.
St. Louis Rams Odds To Win NFC West: +1500
St. Louis Rams Odds To Win NFC: +7500
St. Louis Rams Odds To Win Super Bowl XLV: +25000
St. Louis Rams Regular Season Win Total: 5 over -110 The city of St. Louis will be able to rally around its new signal caller, but the bottom line for 2010 is that this team isn't that much better than it was a year ago. Winning three or four games would be a tremendous triumph in the end, but getting out of the gutter, even in the weak NFC West seems highly unlikely.
Week 1 - Home vs. Cardinals
Week 2 - Away @ Raiders
Week 3 - Home vs. Redskins
Week 4 - Home vs. Seahawks
Week 5 - Away @ Lions
Week 6 - Home vs. Chargers
Week 7 - Away @ Buccaneers
Week 8 - Home vs. Panthers
Week 9 - Bye
Week 10 - Away @ 49ers
Week 11 - Home vs. Falcons
Week 12 - Away @ Broncos
Week 13 - Away @ Cardinals
Week 14 - Away @ Saints
Week 15 - Home vs. Chiefs
Week 16 - Home vs. 49ers
Week 17 - Away @ Seahawks
St. Louis Rams Predictions: 3-13, 4th Place in NFC West
2010 St. Louis Rams Schedule