NFL Odds Game Preview: Detroit at St. Louis
Two very different 4-8 teams take the field at Edward Jones Dome this Sunday as the Detroit Lions come to town to take on the St. Louis Rams. The Lions started the season with a 1-7 record but have won three of four, including a win at Lambeau Field against Green Bay for the first time since 1991. The Rams were 4-3 at one point but have dropped five straight and appear to have surrendered the season, failing to score even 20 points in any of these NFL odds losses. The last two weeks, the Rams have not scored more than seven points. Since the defense has also appeared to give up, this could be an ugly game.
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After the Rams only put up a field goal against Arizona last week, the team decided to let first-year offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti go. He had been with the team since 2012, when he became the quarterbacks coach. The Rams promoted him when Brian Schottenheimer left for the University of Georgia last off-season. Right now, the Rams are ranked #31 in total offense, gaining 296.3 yards a game, just 1.2 yards out of the #32 position, ahead of San Francisco. St. Louis’ 15.8 points per game also is #31 in the league. They are last in passing yards (178 yards per game), and they have the worst first down percentage on passes in the league, as just 24.4 percent of their passes are completed for first downs.
Nick Foles continues his downward spiral, as Case Keenum will start at quarterback again this week. Keenum won the starting job three weeks ago against the Ravens, but a concussion in that game has kept him out until this week. Foles, who was once seen as the future of the Philadelphia Eagle offense, has only thrown two touchdowns passes — and nine picks — in his last seven starts. Keenum was awful in that start against the Ravens, completing only 46.2 percent of his passes. He did throw for a touchdown but only picked up 136 passing yards. He is more mobile than Foles, which is good since the Rams’ offensive line doesn’t believe in pass protection. The Rams’ defense was considered elite at the start of the season, but they have now permitted more than 25 points in three of the last four games. It’s likely that they are tired of getting no support from the offense.
Detroit is coming off a ridiculous loss to Green Bay last week, as Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard Hail Mary pass to win the game against a Lions defense that was, to be kind, poorly coached in how to defend on that play. The Lions will be ready to bounce back from that setback. I look for Detroit to win this game by at least a touchdown.