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Rams vs. Chiefs - 9/3/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) at St. Louis Rams (6-10)
Date & Time Thursday September 3, 2015, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Rams -3 -- Over/Under: 39
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NFL | Kansas City Chiefs (9-7) at St. Louis Rams (6-10)
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The Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams play a Thursday preseason game at Edward Jones Dome.

The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0 in preseason play and are coming off a win over the Tennessee Titans. With Alex Smith taking a backseat for this game, the entire matchup could belong to former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray completed 15 of 20 passes in his last game for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Charcandrick West is coming off a solid outing with nearly 50 rushing yards on nine carries while wide receiver Albert Wilson has a chance to climb up the depth chart at his position. Defensively, Ron Parker led Kansas City in its last game with four tackles, Tyvon Branch had two pass deflections and Justin Houston had a sack.

The St. Louis Rams are 0-3 in preseason play and are coming off a loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Nick Foles will sit out this game after completing 10 of 11 passes, which means we’re going to see a lot of Case Keenum and Sean Mannion. Neither quarterback had a touchdown pass in the last outing. Trey Watts and Isaiah Pead continue to compete for playing time at running back, while rookie Malcolm Brown has showed his versatility and could also get reps in a wide open backfield. Defensively, Trovon Reed led St. Louis in its last game with four tackles, Janoris Jenkins had a pass deflection and Aaron Donald had a tackle for loss.

The Chiefs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on turf. The Rams are 14-35-2 ATS in their last 51 games in September and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Chiefs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings. 

The Rams have a lot more younger players who are eager to prove themselves and make the roster. The Rams backfield is completely up in the air and the defense could use some depth as well. I like the home team here. 

Pick:
St. Louis Rams -3

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