NFL betting gamblers see that the Eagles have quarterback Donovan McNabb and running back Brian Westbrook to lead their offense while the Rams have quarterback Marc Bulger and running back Steven Jackson. Philadelphia is a touchdown favorite in football betting odds for this game with a total of 45.
NFL betting stats show that the Eagles went 8-8 both straight up and against the football betting pointspread last season. Many NFL betting experts are predicting that the Eagles will bounce back and contend for the NFC East this season. Philadelphia was not a good home team against the NFL betting number a year ago, going 3-5.
The St. Louis Rams were a disaster last season both straight up and against the football betting number. The Rams were 3-13 straight up and 5-11 versus the NFL betting number. St. Louis was 3-5 versus the NFL betting number on the road last season. The offense wasn’t very good, ranking 24th in the league according to NFL betting stats while the defense was horrible, ranking 31st in the league according to NFL betting stats. The defense should get some help from first round draft choice Chris Long. What also hurt the Rams last season was that Bulger and Jackson were only able to play in 12 of the 16 games according to NFL betting numbers. It was the worst season for the Rams since 1991 according to NFL betting stats.
St. Louis and Philadelphia have met a total of six times since 2000 and they have split the six meetings according to football betting stats. At Philadelphia the Eagles are 2-1 against the Rams and two of those three games went under the total according to NFL betting numbers.
The Eagles are likely to be a popular pick on the NFL odds Week 1 board. Laying only a touchdown to a Rams team that was terrible last season will be very appealing to many NFL betting gamblers.
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