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"The Crowd" has the Rams as (-4.6) favorites

Aug 19, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports Aug 19, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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On Monday, September 10th, the Los Angeles Rams will be on the road to take on the Oakland Raiders in the opening week of the 2018 NFL season.

The Crowd:

“The Crowd” is projecting a final score of Rams 26.3 – Raiders 21.7 with an over/under of 48.0.

2017-18 Statistics (32 total teams):

Yards per game:  Rams 361.5 (10th) > Raiders 324.1 (17th)

Points per game: Rams 29.9 (1st) > Raiders 18.8 (23rd)

Turnover margin: Rams +7 > Raiders -14

Yards allowed per game: Rams 339.5 (19th) > Raiders 350.1 (23rd)

Points allowed per game: Rams 20.6 (12th) > Raiders 23.3 (20th)


The Rams were (11-5) in 2017 and ended a 13-year playoff drought.  The early exit delivered by the Atlanta Falcons doesn’t mask what the Rams were able to accomplish.  Quarterback Jared Goff made a huge sophomore leap passing for over 3,800 yards with 28 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.  Running back Todd Gurley II was sensational compiling over 2,000 total yards and 19 touchdowns.  The Rams led the league in points scored with a well-balanced mix of pass and run.  All-Pro defensive end Aaron Donald signed a massive contract and will lead a defense that should be much improved. The additions of Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib should shore up a secondary that was the weakness of the defense last season.  Pairing Ndamukong Suh with Aaron Donald is almost unfair giving the Rams arguably the most formidable defensive line in the league.  The Rams (+149) ranked 3rd in point differential last season.

The Raiders were (6-10) in 2017 and finished 3rd place in the AFC West Division.  Jon Gruden signed a $100 million contract to be the head coach and he will have a tall task in front of him.  The Raiders have the NFL’s oldest roster and they just traded away All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears for multiple high draft picks.  Quarterback Derek Carr threw for over 3,400 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.  Running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t getting any younger and the team’s top wideout Amari Cooper struggled with drops last season.  The Raiders have a decent offensive line and some players in the secondary but it’s going to be another long year in Oakland.  The Raiders (-72) ranked 25th in the NFL in point differential in 2017.

Bottom Line:

The Rams should be able to wear down the Raiders with a heavy dose of Todd Gurley II both in the running game and the passing game.  The Rams will load up the box on Marshawn Lynch and dare Derek Carr to throw on their elite corners.  I expect Aaron Donald and the Rams defense to force a few turnovers that will be the difference in this one.

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Rams win 28-17

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