Washington Redskins vs. St. Louis Rams Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 2

After upsetting New Orleans in Week One the Washington Redskins are headed to St. Louis to take on the Rams. The game begins at 4:05 ET and is being carried by FOX. Last weekend Washington dumped on the Saints and vaulted themselves into 4th overall for this season in passing yards, rushing yards and yards against. Meanwhile St. Louis lost a close battle with Detroit in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter.

What hurt the Rams in Week One was a consistent failure to get the ball into the end zone. St. Louis kicked three field goals, threw one TD and intercepted a Detroit pass for a touchdown. Their field goals were from 48 yards, 29 yards and 46 yards. The touchdown pass was from 23 yards out. St. Louis was in the red zone once all game and failed to capitalize. They are ranked very low in the league except in opposing rushing yards where they are 14th, which is not promising anyway.

The point spread for this week’s game is 3 points with Washington as the favorite. The over/under is 45 points. Quite honestly, unless someone has an inside track on the Rams, this point spread far too low. Perhaps Detroit is considered a strong opponent, but if Detroit was considered a strong opponent then New Orleans should have been an even stronger opponent. And yet Washington won by a score of 40-32. Washington did not lose any players to injury last Sunday. If anything, the Rams will suffer from injuries. St. Louis center Scott Wells broke his right foot and needs surgery, and offensive tackle Rodger Stafford is still questionable despite passing tests for a neck injury.

Washington’s big weakness seems to be their pass defense but Sam Bradford, Rams QB, threw for only 198 yards on 25 attempts producing one touchdown but getting sacked 3 times. Attributing the Rams the ability to score 20 points this week would be generous but reasonable. On the Redskins side, things should get hot. Robert Griffin III (RG3) was outstanding for Washington last weekend throwing for 320 yards on 26 attempts with 2 TDs and no interceptions. Washington receivers had fantastic average yards per catch and the ball was spread across eight receivers. Washington also showed that they are one of the few teams in the league with a great run game stacking up 153 yards with Alfred Morris earning 96 of those yards and RG3 adding 43 yards.

Washington’s performance last weekend proved that the NFC East is going to be a cut throat battle this year with three top performing teams. If the Redskins score less than 30 points this week it will be a surprise. This means that the over/under of 45 points is probably also low. Washington really needs to clean up their penalties (12-127yards) and hold on to the football (3 fumbles, all recovered). Other than those two factors there is no foreseeable reason to pick the Rams to win; or to think that this will be a close game. A final score of 35-14 seems reasonable.

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