Just a few weeks ago this game looked like a mismatch on the NFL betting odds board but now it looks more interesting to gamblers that bet on football. The Patriots are still solid favorites in NFL odds Week 8 numbers but the action on this game is not as one sided as it would have been earlier this season.
NFL betting on the Rams was very unpopular until the last two weeks when head coach Jim Haslett took over from the fired Scott Linehan. The Rams look like a new teams under Haslett and are now a threat in NFL betting each week. The win over the Cowboys was a shocker to many gamblers that bet on football. The Rams can’t be discounted in this game against a New England team that has flaws. The Rams and Patriots have met only five times since 1998 and the Rams won three of those games. The last two though were won by New England in 2004 and 2002 with the 2002 meeting coming in the Super Bowl when the Patriots upset the heavily favored Rams. The 2004 game was at St. Louis and the Patriots won 40-22 according to NFL betting stats. Gamblers that bet on football can probably throw all of the previous results between the two teams out since the Patriots don’t have Tom Brady and the Rams have a different head coach. One NFL betting number that might be worth looking at applies to New England. The Patriots have failed to cover the NFL betting number as home favorites about 60% of the time since 2005. And those NFL betting numbers were with Brady at quarterback. Their success under backup Matt Cassell has been limited.
NFL betting stats show that the Rams have been a good under team on the road in recent seasons. St. Louis has gone under the total more than 60% of the time on the road since 2005 according to NFL betting numbers. The Patriots have also been a good under team at home which might surprise gamblers that bet on football. With Brady leading the offense you might think the Patriots were a great over team but that has not been the case when New England is at home. They have gone under the total almost 60% of the time since 2005 according to NFL betting stats.
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