Are the Rams the New Betting Favorite in the NFC WEST?

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills NFL Week 5 Preview

If you bet on NFL futures in the NFC West, then you probably didn’t end up picking the Los Angeles Rams to win the division this year. But now a quarter of the way into the 2016 season, the Rams are the team leading the ranks in the West. Los Angeles might have gotten off to a rough start by losing their opener to the San Francisco 49ers, but the fact that they’ve won three straight since then has forced fans to start considering the Rams as legitimate contenders in the West. The city of Los Angeles couldn’t be happier to have a successful NFL team in their backyard, but the residents of St. Louis are scratching their heads, wondering why the Rams couldn’t find success back in Missouri. Whatever the reason, both Jeff Fisher and the Rams’ players are ecstatic about their 3-1 start and are ready to add another win to their record. In Week 5, Los Angeles will be squaring off against an AFC team for the first time this year. But unlike the Rams, their opponent hails from the East. Let’s check the odds across the top sportsbooks, to see who the favorite is this Sunday.

Week 5 – Sunday the 9th of October

Los Angeles Rams -2½ (-115) 39½ (-110) -130
Buffalo Bills +2½ (-105) 39½ (-110) +110

Despite the fact that the Bills upset the Brady-less Patriots this past weekend, the odds are still saying that Buffalo is still not worth your bet on NFL money lines. Nevertheless, the Bills still deserve credit for uprooting New England’s perfect record. The Patriots were dangerously close to winning all 4 games without Brady, but thanks to Rex Ryan’s ample experience competing in the AFC East, the Bills were able to bamboozle the leaders of the division. But just because the Bills were able to beat the best team in the East, doesn’t mean that it’s high time to jump aboard Buffalo’s bandwagon. As things stand now, Buffalo has the 31st worst passing attack in the NFL. Tyrod Taylor is the man Buffalo has lining up under center, and through 4 games the 6-year veteran assembled a passer rating of 87.3. While those numbers aren’t below average, they should be a little higher considering that Buffalo houses the 7th best running game in the NFL. Either way, Taylor has been able to lead these Bills to a 2-2 record and is keeping Buffalo’s playoff hopes alive thus far.

The Bills are coming off an upset over New England, and the Rams are coming in on their very own. This past weekend, Los Angeles emerged victorious over the Arizona Cardinals, marking the second divisional win the Rams have gotten this season. What is impressive about the Rams is that they’re winning games despite having some of the worst numbers in the NFL. Los Angeles total offense ranks 32nd in the league, their passing game ranks 30th, and their running game ranks 30th as well. Equally as disappointing is the fact that the Rams are 30th in points scored per game. Since Los Angeles is 3-1, those figures would lead one to believe that the Rams have one of the better defenses in the NFL, but that assumption would prove incorrect. Right now the Rams have the 23rd worst total defense in the league, the 23rd worst passing defense and the 17th worst rush defense. But somehow the Rams manage to rank 9th in the NFL with their opponents only averaging 19 points per game. Either the Rams have the best Red Zone defense in the NFL, or they are spiking their opponents’ Gatorade. Whatever the case may be, if the Rams can keep their hot streak going, then they just might be the new favorite in the West for your bet on NFL games.