The Los Angeles Rams begin the quest to a Super Bowl return on Sunday, Sep. 8 when they take on the Cam Newton led Carolina Panthers. The Rams are one of the favorites to win the 2020 Super Bowl. Will the Rams get off to a great start? Or, will the Panthers come up huge as the NFL Week 1 home dog? Check out NFL Week 1 odds, analysis, and a free pick for Rams-Panthers!
Rams vs Panthers 2019 NFL Week 1 Odds, Preview and Pick
- When: Sunday, Sep. 8 at 1:00pm ET
- Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
- TV: FOX
- Radio: L.A. Rams / Carolina Panthers
- Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
- ATS Odds: L.A. Rams -3
- Moneyline Odds: L.A. Rams -150, Carolina Panthers +130
- Over/Under Total Odds: 50 ½
- Mostly Sunny: 32°C/90°F
- Humidity: 53%
- Precipitation: 10%
- Wind: 6 mph ESE
- Cloud Cover: 24%
- Type of Stadium: Open
Why L.A. Rams are a good bet -3?
The Rams had a great 2018. It culminated in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 53. But, that shouldn’t impede them from showing up big against the Panthers in Week 1.
Los Angeles’ real gift is in Sean McVeigh’s play-calling. McVeigh learned a lot after the Super Bowl loss. He even admitted as much. Even if RB Todd Gurley isn’t 100%, McVeigh will open things up with passes to the Rams’ running backs. On defense, no team has a better player than Aaron Donald. Rams can win and cover.
- Total Yards: 421.1
- Passing Yards: 281.7
- Rushing Yards: 139.4
- Points Scored: 32.9
- Total Yards: 358.6
- Passing Yards: 236.3
- Rushing Yards: 122.3
- Points Allowed: 24
Why Carolina Panthers are a good bet +3?
The Panthers have a real NFL MVP candidate in running back Christian McCaffrey. Last season, McCaffrey rushed for 1,098 yards, a 5-yards per carry average, and scored 7 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 107 passes for 807 yards, an 8.1 per catch average, and caught 6 TD passes.
McCaffrey can dominate most any defense in the NFL. The problem with dealing with McCaffrey this season is that the Panthers have other weapons for Cam Newton to get the ball to in wide receivers Chris Hogan and DJ Moore. When the Rams score, Carolina can keep pace. The Panthers have a real shot at winning this game straight up.
- Total Yards: 373.3
- Passing Yards: 239.8
- Rushing Yards: 133.5
- Points Scored: 23.5
- Total Yards: 353.2
- Passing Yards: 240.4
- Rushing Yards: 112.8
- Points Allowed: 23.9
NFL Week 1 Betting Trends for Rams vs Panthers
- Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. the NFC
- Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
- Under is 4-0 in Rams last 4 road games
- Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1
- Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass
- Under is 6-1 ATS in the Panthers last 7 games in Week 1
Rams vs Panthers Final Betting Analysis
Are the Carolina Panthers really 3 points worse than the Rams in a home game? The line opened L.A. Rams -3. It’s remained L.A. Rams -3, which means both casual and pro players haven’t yet decided.
The key for this matchup will be the Rams’ linebackers versus Christian McCaffrey. Los Angeles gave up 122.3 rushing yards per game on average last season. That was with Ndamukong Suh playing nose tackle. Suh is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer this season.
McCaffrey is equally adept at catching the ball out of the backfield as he is at getting the edge and running between the tackles. Because the Rams lack run stoppers at the second level, the Panthers have a real shot at winning this game. Roll the dice on the Panthers’ moneyline.
NFL Week 1 Pick: Carolina Panthers moneyline