Tuesday, August 12, 2014
A look at some Rams-related odds
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- With the NFL season approaching, it's that time of year when Las Vegas begins releasing a bevy of odds and ends for fans to find a different way to invest in their favorite teams.
This week, the folks at Bovada put out their numbers on a wide range of NFL plays, including a few involving the St. Louis Rams.
As one would expect, Bovada doesn't think much of quarterback Sam Bradford's chances to lead the NFL in passing yards. They gave that possibility 100/1 odds. There are 15 quarterbacks with better odds and six more with the same number. The Saints' Drew Brees and Denver's Peyton Manning are the favorites at 11/4. While a paid ticket on Bradford would pay well, it's also not a sound investment. The Rams are expected to be a run-first offense and plenty of other quarterbacks around the league have proved capable of putting up big passing numbers.
Speaking of run-oriented offenses, Bovada puts much better odds on Rams running back Zac Stacy leading the league in rushing yards. Stacy is listed at 20/1, which puts him behind just eight other backs and tied with another. While all signs point to Stacy getting plenty of work and there were hints that he could one day be a contender to lead the league in yards, it's fair to wonder if he'll get enough carries to compete with favorites like Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. Additionally, Stacy will have to share at least some carries with the likes Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason and Stacy had issues with nagging injuries as a rookie.
The only other prop bet naming someone with the Rams is the odds for first coach to be fired. The Rams' Jeff Fisher is listed at 25/1, which puts him behind eight other coaches and tied with another. Barring something catastrophic, that would be an unwise bet. Fisher is on a five-year contract and has made progress in St. Louis well beyond that of his two predecessors. He's not going anywhere unless something crazy happens.
One other bet to note is the general prop bet on whether a player will break the season sack record in 2014. A yes bet comes with 15/1 odds and a no bet comes with 1/30 odds. A 15/1 payout is pretty good should it hit and it's a record that certainly seems in reach for Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, among others.