Football gambling handicappers are also respecting the efforts of the winless Detroit Lions as they are covering big numbers as dangerous NFL gambling underdogs.
The Lions will host the Rams on Sunday at 1:05 PM Eastern with a FOX telecast. Sports-Gambling opened with the Detroit Lions as a 3 point favorite and with an over/under of 42.5.
The St. Louis Rams are coming off their most impressive performance of the season as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 20-3 as 1.5 point home dogs to improve their overall record to 2-2 straight up and 3-1 with the football odds. The Rams have gone under the total in 3 out of 4 games this year.
The Rams are showing marked improvement with 2nd year head coach Steve Spagnuolo and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. St. Louis ranks 16th in the NFL for scoring and 4th for points allowed.
Bradford has a respectable 72.3 QB rating with a 6/6 touchdown interception ratio. Running back Steven Jackson has lent a helping hand with 284 yards rushing.
The Detroit Lions are also showing significant improvement even as they miss the services of injured starting quarterback Matt Stafford. Detroit is 0-4 straight up but 3-1 with the NFL odds and is coming off yet another near miss in last week’s 28-26 loss at Green Bay as 14.5 point dogs.
The Lions offense is much improved and ranks 13th for scoring but the defense continues to struggle and ranks 28th for points allowed. Shaun Hill has done a solid job in filling in for Stafford as the Lions passing attack ranks 7th in the NFL.
This is a tricky spot for the Rams as they are entering unchartered territory with back to back wins going up against a winless opponent. But Detroit has played hard and will be hungry to score their first win of the season against a team that is beatable and winless on the road.
Detroit has had their share of football gambling struggles at home with a mark of 5-13 against the spread while the Rams are 7-3 against the number versus teams with a losing record. The Rams have won and covered the last 2 meetings in this head to head series.