NFL Preseason Betting: Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams
- Updated: August 15, 2014
NFL Betting at VietBet — Star QB’s Take Snaps For First Time as Rams Host Packers
The St. Louis Rams are a team that is still trying to find itself, in a very competitive division, under the direction of highly-respected coach Jeff Fisher. And the Green Bay Packers would like to have themselves a healthier season, so they won’t have to cut it close as they did last year when they had to rally for an 8-7-1 record. On Saturday afternoon the Rams will play host to the Packers in NFL betting action that is set to get underway at 4 PM ET at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
The Rams had a spirited effort in their pre-season opener, losing 26-24 against the New Orleans Saints, while the Packers dropped a 20-16 decision in the rain against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. It is important to note that the starting quarterbacks for both of these teams were held out of the first exhibition game, but are expected to start on Saturday.
In the NFL betting odds that have been established on this game at VietBet, the Rams are the favorites at home:
St. Louis Rams -2.5 (-120)
Green Bay Packers +2.5 (+100)
Over 41 Points -110
Under 41 Points -110
One can surmise that winning was not a big priority for Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy last Saturday night against the Tennessee Titans. The conditions at LP Field were wet, and the decision was made to scratch a number of Packer starters, including quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Eddie Lacy. That gave backups that much more playing time, but putting the ball on the ground five times was not any fun. And the Pack was lucky to have lost just one of those fumbles in the 20-16 defeat.
As most NFL bettors know, Matt Flynn returned to Green Bay late last year, after being jettisoned in a few other places (Seattle, Oakland, Buffalo). He is familiar with the system, and had some success with it. He is also in a battle to be the backup quarterback, and those are the kinds of things that sometimes have a real bearing on performance, vis-a-vis the NFL betting odds in the pre-season. Against Tennessee he completed half of his ten passes, while Scott Tolzien went eight for 12 for 124 yards. The mop-up guy was Chase Rettig, but with Rodgers getting the start, who knows what his role is going to be.
The word is that Rodgers (second choice for NFL MVP at VietBet, at +600) has looked super-sharp in camp, and that is encouraging because of last year’s broken collarbone. McCarthy is going to tread lightly with Lacy, and it is uncertain as to whether Jordy Nelson, who’s been bothered by a hamstring, or fellow receiver Jeff Janis, an impressive rookie from Saginaw Valley State who is coming off shingles, will play big roles this week.
Sam Bradford, who is coming off the ACL injury, did not play the opener for the Rams but should get the start here. There is really no big battle for the #2 QB spot, because Shaun Hill is a proven veteran backup who had seven attempts and two TD passes against New Orleans, but Austin Davis and Garrett Gilbert have competition for the third-string slot. NFL bettors know the Rams want to solidify the running attack. Zac Stacy (973 yards last year) was a revelation as a rookie, and now he is joined by Auburn’s Tre Mason (51 yards vs. Saints).
Stopping the run is a challenge, as VietBet patrons well know. That was one reason Aaron Donald was drafted in the first round out of Pitt, and he impressed many with his effort last week, as he logged a lot of playing time. People still have their eye on defensive lineman Michael Sam as well, and the truth is, the first admittedly openly gay player to be drafted is fighting for a roster spot.
We’d have to place the “motivation” factor a little more solidly on the Rams’ side here, as Green Bay may still find itself short on weaponry. We’re laying the points with the home team.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.
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