The St. Louis Rams have been one of the worst teams in the NFL the past few seasons and they didn’t look any better in their NFL preseason betting opener as they were routed 28-7 by the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday.
Number one draft pick Sam Bradford did not play well and the Rams were dominated in NFL preseason odds by a Minnesota team that didn’t play a number of their starters.
NFL preseason betting had actually listed the game between the Vikings and Rams as a pick but the Rams were no match for Minnesota. Bradford is currently the backup to A.J. Feeley but he is expected to eventually overtake Feeley for the number one job. The Rams gave Bradford a lot of money and they are expecting a lot out of their top pick. He has a lot of work to do as he was just 6 of 13 for 57 yards against Minnesota and he got sacked four times. Feeley didn’t play well either as the Rams didn’t put up much of a fight. Feeley was just 3 of 6 for 19 yards. Running back Steven Jackson did not even play in the contest. The Rams were outgained 414-150. St. Louis head coach Steve Spagnuolo is aware the team has a lot of work to do. The only bright spot for St. Louis was a 93-yard punt return for a TD by Danny Amendola.
Minnesota got excellent play out of quarterback Sage Rosenfels who was 23 of 34 for 310 yards. Rosenfels played most of the game as starter Tarvaris Jackson didn’t get a lot of work. The Vikings still don’t know if they will have Brett Favre so Jackson and Rosenfels are competing for the starting job.
The Rams have gone 6-42 over the last three seasons and if their first preseason game is any indication, they may not be any better in 2010. The fans in St. Louis are not very optimistic. The preseason opener at the Edward Jones Dome had a lot of empty seats and that was against a marquee opponent in Minnesota.
St. Louis plays their second game of the preseason on Saturday at Cleveland. They could have a difficult time against a Cleveland team that looks much improved this season. NFL preseason odds list the Browns as the favorites in that contest.