Monday, September 30, 2013
No game a gimme for Rams right now
By Nick Wagoner
ST. LOUIS -- After taking back-to-back 24-point losses in a span of five days last week, even the most optimistic St. Louis Rams fan would probably say it's foolish to look at any game remaining on the schedule and chalk it up as an easy victory.
Even the Rams players and coaches would be the first to say that they are in no position to look past anyone after laying eggs against Dallas and San Francisco.
This week, the Rams welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Edward Jones Dome as they look to get out of their funk and find a way to get their second victory. From all accounts, Jacksonville has consistently been one of the worst teams in the league this year. The Jaguars were dead last in last week's ESPN.com Power Rankings and a 37-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday surely won't do anything to change that.
On top of that, Jacksonville ranks last in the NFL in a number of important statistical categories. All of those signs would seem to point to a chance for the Rams to get some traction.
Oddsmakers in Las Vegas seem to believe the Rams can get on track this week, installing them as 13-point favorites against Jacksonville. That's a bit surprising given the Rams are having more than their share of struggles right now as well. Neither team has covered a spread this season.
Yes, Jacksonville has been on the receiving end of double digit losses in each of its four games this year and has an average loss of 24.5 points. The Rams aren't far behind in the past two weeks with those aforementioned back to back 24-point losses.
At this point, either team would be more than happy to walk out of this week's game with a victory, regardless of the margin.