2016 Los Angeles Rams Season Win Total Prediction
The Los Angeles Rams may or may not be any good this season but they will be interesting as the team returns to LA for the first time in more than two decades, will be featured on HBO’s”Hard Knocks” and has reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley as well as 2016 No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff at quarterback. L.A. has a wins total of 7 on NFL odds for this season.
Let’s Take a Look at the 2016 Los Angeles Rams Season Win Total Prediction
Total Win/Loss Odds Overview
The Rams’ bold move to land a quarterback might pay off in due time but it probably won’t be this year as they still lack the weapons in the passing game and on the offensive line to translate to immediate postseason success. Subtracting four starters on defense and the many moving parts of the first season in Los Angeles will make it difficult. But, the schedule lines up favorably and the Rams might be able to get to .500 for the first time since 2006.
Why Bet On The Over?
Because Todd Gurley is the best young running back in the NFL. Asked on NFL Network where he should go in fantasy drafts, Gurley said there’s no question in his mind that he should be the top pick. “No. 1 overall for sure.” The 10th pick in the 2015 draft, he had overcome a knee injury that ended his final season at Georgia. He did not play until the Rams’ third game but finished the season with more rushing yards than all but two players and made the Pro Bowl. Gurley had 229 carries for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Rams have been open about their desire for Goff to win the starting job sooner than later and he likely will, but his development through camp and the preseason will be critical in shaping the team’s expectations and season. The Rams will take their time in naming him the starter, but they didn’t give up six premium picks to move from No. 15 to No. 1 for Goff to watch Case Keenum from the sideline. Reports began to swirl during OTAs that Goff was really struggling to take care of the ball. It’s especially alarming considering the spring is when young guys usually look their best
Why Bet On The Under?
For the Rams’ vaunted pass rush to live up to its potential, defensive end Robert Quinn needs to return to the dominant form that had him in the discussion among the league’s top pass-rushers. Quinn is coming off back surgery that kept him out of eight games last season, and the team is bringing him along slowly. During the offseason program, Quinn was limited in what he could do on the field but did get back to a normal weight room regimen. The Rams could miss the play and leadership of linebacker James Laurinaitis and end Chris Long, who were cut. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Rodney McLeod left via free agency.
The Rams likely have too many holes to contend for the playoffs in their first year back in California after 21 gone. But this year is about getting Goff ready to be good. He did overcome a 1-11 rookie year at Cal to be a very good college quarterback. With the Rams, he should hand it to Gurley 400 times and try to survive his bad receiving corps and hope his defense, with the loss of four cornerstone players, can be as good as it was last year.
If there’s a clear area in which the Rams must improve to be competitive in 2016, it’s the club’s passing game. Los Angeles did plenty to address the unit over the course of the offseason, beginning with promoting Rob Boras to offensive coordinator and hiring Mike Groh to be the team’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. Jared Goff will need weapons to emerge on the perimeter and down the field, which means Tavon Austin improving on his 473 yards receiving and 434 yards rushing yards a year ago and someone among the outside receiving corps developing into a dependable downfield threat. Kenny Britt returns for his third season with the Rams, also an incumbent starter. Still recovering from offseason surgery, he went through rehab drills on the side for much of OTAs.
My Betting Prediction
Maybe Goff will be really good someday, but he’s likely going to be in over his head in 2016. Go under on NFL betting lines.