NFL preseason odds handicappers may also want to take into account, however, that with such low prospects the Rams may turn into a solid NFL gambling board value.
In fact the Rams went 7-9 against the spread last year despite that 1-15 mark and got the cash in 5 out of their last 9 games of 2009. This was a classic example of how even the worst team in the league can bring exceptional board value as the year goes on based on public perception.
The more the general gambling public opposes a team, the more value they will often bring as the line makers will enhance their price in order to attract a reluctant public into making wagers with them. Those extra points offered often prove to be the difference between a payoff and a loss.
The Rams will begin a new era in 2010 with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, who was the first overall pick in the draft last spring out of Oklahoma, where he missed nearly all of last season because of an injury in the first game of the season. He was the Heisman Trophy winner for the Sooners in 2008.
The Rams can certainly use Bradford as they finished 29th overall in total offense and a dead last 32nd in the NFL for scoring.
“I’m excited about this year,” said Bradford. “This being my rookie season, that’s all I’m focused on right now, trying to learn as much as possible as soon as possible and helping my team win.”
Head coach Steve Spagnuolo will begin his second year as coach trying to put a winning combination together. He has faced the football betting handicap of leading a franchise that is for sale and cutting costs.
The instability has been a major challenge to try and overcome as the Rams are frequently rumored to be potentially moving out of St. Louis, where they are in need of a new stadium.
The Rams have signed 8 out of their 11 draft picks but Bradford is the one major exception to that. Bradford is said to be seeking a signing bonus of between $45 and $50 million.
St. Louis will open preseason play on August 14 at home against the Minnesota Vikings.