The day is finally here! It’s a Football Sunday!!! After a seemingly long wait after the Super Bowl, watching the NFL Draft and offseason drama, it’s time to get back to the field. We have been crushing our MLB picks, so we’ll still be offering those throughout September and the World Series, but today is FOOTBALL!
Game: Los Angeles Rams (0-0, 0-0 ATS) at Carolina Panthers (0-0, 0-0 ATS)
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, September 8th, 2019
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV Coverage: FOX
Current Line: CAR +1.5 Total: 49.5
Current 1st Half Line: PK Total: 24.5
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Week 1 in the NFL can be a tough one. Guaranteed one heavily favored team is going to lose. It happens every year, and is the reason for many first week casualties in survivor pools.
It’s not going to be the Rams, even though they are not heavily favored.
I was just reading an article saying that the Panthers improved this offseason, but the Rams didn’t. I mean what the…? The biggest moves the Panthers made were signing long time Bucs DT Gerald McCoy and WR Chris Hogan.
While the Los Angeles Rams didn’t really add much, other than LB Clay Matthews, getting Cooper Kupp back from injury and a 6 to 7 month healthier Todd Gurley will pay huge dividends for the Rams offense. To back this up even further, while the Rams didn’t gain much outside of the franchise, they didn’t lose anything either.
Which brings us to last year. The Rams were the best team in the NFC last season, going 13-3, making a trip to the Super Bowl. Sure, the Pats had their number in the biggest game of the season, holding them to 260 total yards, 14 first downs and 62 rushing yards.
Let’s not forget the Rams started 2018 8-0 and won 11 of their first 12 games.
The Panthers were 7-9 last year, including 7 straight losses from Week 10 through 16. They finished 3rdin the NFC South, 10thin the NFC.
Looking at the bigger betting picture, the Rams are the 5th favorite to win the Super Bowl this year at +1150, while the Panthers are middle of the pack at #15 at +3500. Their odds of +3500 have them tied with teams like Baltimore, San Francisco and Jacksonville.
Carolina also has LB Bruce Irvin and WR Greg Little OUT for today’s game, with reliable place kicker Graham Gano out for the season and Cam Newton returning from shoulder surgery. The Rams are missing only center Aaron Neary, due to suspension.
The bottom line is the Rams are the better team. NFL oddsmakers and the public alike are putting too much stock on the dreaded Super Bowl hangover in my opinion. Sean McVay is a genius, and possibly might be the next Belichick. His Rams will be the better team in all aspects today, and getting them at -1.5 is a early season gift from your boy Joe.
Joe Berra is a sports fanatic who has been surrounded by sports since he can remember. He was born in the 70s, growing up all around New York City, including Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey. He later settled on Long Island until he decided to head south and take his talents to Costa Rica. He worked as a paramedic for many years, but got burnt out and needed more sports in his life.
In Costa Rica, he kept pursuing a career in the sports industry and started writing about any and all sports, offering information, advice and handicapping from different angles than most. Here in Central America, Joe met all the right people (and some of the wrong ones, of course) and developed a great passion to help make ScoresandStats.com THE BEST sports information site on the worldwide web.
Although I grew up a huge hockey fan, with puck action being my favorite sport, as I got older my love for football grew and now I am a full-fledged football nut. I was a big New York Jet fan until I spent some time in the Big Easy.Naw-landers’ passion for their Saints was so powerful I had to make them my team. The same can be said for baseball, as I grew up a Met fan, but spent enough time in Toronto to become a Jays fan.
Our family gatherings were always based around sports, be it the National Football League, college football, baseball, hockey, basketball or lacrosse. My dad would take me to see the Islanders in their glory days of the 80s and that electricity sparked my love for sports, and it has only grown from there.
These days, you’ll find Joe spending most of his free time with the love of his life and her beautiful daughter. The ocean has always been his happy place, and can be seen shredding the waves and trying to hook the big one when deep-sea fishing.