Washington Redskins vs. Los Angeles Rams Preview
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, CA
When: Monday, September 18, 2017 – 8:30 PM ET
Line: Washington Redskins (+3) vs. Los Angeles Rams (-3) – view all 2017 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
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Betting on the Washington Redskins
Despite playing in front of their home crowd, it wasn’t an encouraging debut for the Redskins. The 30-17 loss to division rival Philadelphia Eagles had them falling flat and looking like uninspired.
The only positive takeaway in the game is off-season acquisition Terrelle Pryor SR., who had a solid outing (six catches for 66 yards) and was able to show that he can be a reliable piece in the passing attack. Beyond the receiver, there’s very few nice things one can say about the ‘Skins underwhelming day.
Kirk Cousins threw for 240 yards (one touchdown and interception), but was only 23-for-40 in his throws and also lost a pair of fumbles. His protectors weren’t much of a help as well, as he got hit 13 times, four of which were sacks for 40 yards. The offensive line’s shortcomings continued in the ground game, with Cousins’s 30 rushing yards co-leading the team and them only collectively running for 64 yards on 17 carries (3.8 YPC).
On defense, it was the front seven that shined more. The group got to Carson Wentz 11 times (four were sacks) and only allowed rushers to have 2.4 yards per carry. What cancelled out that would-be decent performance is their inability to defend the pass and third down situations. They gave up 307 yards through the air (93 came from tight end Zach Ertz, who caught all eight passes thrown at him) and had Philly going 8-for-14 on third downs.
The Redskins went 4-3 on the road last season (5-2 ATS).
Betting on the Los Angeles Rams
How about these Rams, right? Who knew they’d jump that wild right out of the gate? The 46-9 dismantling of the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 almost came out of nowhere.
For Jared Goff, it was his coming out party. His 306-yard (21-for-29 passing), one-TD performance was easily the best of his pro career. He distributed the ball well too, as three players had five or more receptions, and four different men tallied 50 or more yards – rookie Cooper Kupp’s four catches for 76 yards and a TD led the way, while team newbie Sammy Watkins was efficient, hauling in all five targets for 58 yards.
Although the run game was quiet (33 carries for 69 yards), with Todd Gurley still non-existent (19 carries for 40 yards, TD), it’s good that they punched-in two rushing TDs and Gurley was able to gain 56 yards through the air (five catches). It should help the third-year running back maintain some composure moving forward.
As you might’ve guessed from the score, the defense also did their job well. New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’s influence to the squad was very much evident. They filled the stat sheet with nine QB hits (four were sacks), nine tackles for loss, six pass deflections, two pick-sixes, and one safety, while also holding the opposition to just 150 yards passing and 75 yards rushing (3.1 yards per carry).
The Rams have only won once in their last seven games at home (2-4-1 ATS), but it shouldn’t be much of a concern since this is a whole new regime. Rookie head coach Sean McVay, who, interestingly enough, helped lift Cousins and the Redskins during his time there as an offensive coordinator, operates a scheme that fits this Rams team better.
The Rams (-3) take it, 28-21.
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