Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Rams - 9/17/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Redskins (0-1) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4:25 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: Los Angeles Rams -2.5 -- Over/Under: 46 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Rams go head-to-head in week 2 NFL action from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
The Washington Redskins will look to bounce back after dropping their season opener by a final score of 30-17 at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in week 1. Kirk Cousins threw for 240 yards and a touchdown that was negated by an interception while completing 23 of his 40 pass attempts. Cousins also shared the team lead in rushing with Rob Kelley, as each rushed for 30 yards with Kelley taking 10 carries to Cousins’ 4. Terrelle Pryor Sr. led the ‘Skins with 6 catches for 66 yards, while Ryan Grant followed closely behind with 4 receptions for 61 yards. Chris Thompson recorded 4 catches for 52 yards and the team’s lone offensive touchdown in the loss. Defensively, the Redskins combined for a pair of sacks, along with a Ryan Kerrigan pick-six and a Mason Foster fumble recovery, all while allowing 356 yards of total offense, while letting the Eagles go 8 for 14 on 3rd down, and win the time of possession battle, as Philly held the rock for nearly 36 minutes in the opener.
The Los Angeles Rams will look to keep their momentum going after the biggest victory in week 1 this season, dismantling the Colts by a final score of 46-9. Jared Goff completed 21 of his 29 pass attempts for 306 yards and a touchdown. Todd Gurley II led the Rams’ ground attack, taking his 19 carries and turning them into 40 yards and a touchdown, while Malcolm Brown added a touchdown of his own in rushing for 16 yards on 7 carries. Cooper Kupp led L.A. with 4 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown, while Sammy Watkins and the aforementioned Gurley II each caught 5 passes for 58 and 56 yards respectively. Defense helped rule the day for the Rams in the win, combining for 4 sacks as a team with Lamarcus Joyner and Trumaine Johnson each recording a pick-six in the win. The Rams also forced 3 Colt fumbles, recovering one of them in the win.
Washington is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 week 2 matchups while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Los Angeles is 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the NFC and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Washington is 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
The trends as a whole may not point to the Rams, but if you handle a team 46-9 in the opening week of the season, I’m going to ride you going into week 2, even if that win was against an Andrew Luck-less Colts squad. I backed Washington only to be disappointed in week one, and I think the Rams are a sleeper in the NFC West this season, so I’ll lay the field goal for the Rams to go to 2-0 here.