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.