Tonight, Thursday August 26th, the St Louis Rams will take on the New England Patriots in New England at the Gillette Stadium to kick off Week 3 of the NFL Preseason. Each team is left with just two games to get their rosters prepared and their first team offenses and defenses clicking before the regular season begins in September. Kickoff for this Rams vs Patriots preseason game is set for 7:30 PM EST, and I have listed the betting lines, odds and my personal prediction for the game below!
The St Louis Rams enter the game 1-1 in preseason play, as they lost at home in their opener to the Vikings by a score of 28-7 in a game they were favored by 2.5 points. In Week 2 the Rams turned things around and went on to beat the Cleveland Browns 19-17 as 4 point underdogs. Note that both games went over the posted totals, but the Rams managed just two touchdowns in those games, with one of them being a special teams punt return. Rams QB AJ Feeley went 5 for 6 for 45 yards and a touchdown in last weeks game but sprained his thumb, which will give rookie Sam Bradford the start in tonight’s game. RB Steven Jackson had 4 carries for 20 yards, while Keith Toston got most of the carries (13) for 23 yards.
New England has won both of their preseason games coming into tonight. The Patriots were 1.5 point favorites at home to the defending Super Bowl champs in Week 1 of the preseason, and went on to beat them 27-24. In the second week of preseason action the Pats were 3 point underdogs in Atlanta but put on a performance winning the game 28-10. In last weeks game QB Tom Brady looked sharp as usual, completing 10 of his 12 pass attempts for 85 yards and a score. RBs Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris each had a couple big runs and lead the team with 54 and 52 yards respectively.
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Rams vs Patriots Line and Betting Odds:
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Rams vs Patriots Prediction for Preseason Week 3 Game:
Spread Prediction (TOP PLAY) – Our top play for this Rams vs Patriots game comes on the spread. Sam Bradford will most likely get an entire half to work with in tonight’s game. He is still adjusting to the difference in the NFL game and has completed less than half of his pass attempts, most of which were shorter gains. Going up against Tom Brady and the Patriots is going to be a big challenge for Bradford, and although he might have a solid game I can’t see him matching the Patriots offense. The Rams have only scored one offensive TD in their two games, and playing in New England won’t be easy on them. PREDICTION – PATRIOTS COVER -7.5
Over Under Prediction – Each of these two teams four games have gone over the posted total, which caused for a little bit of an inflated line in my opinion. The Rams are going to have their struggles on offense, and I can’t see them putting up too many points here tonight on the road. The Pats offense will do their thing in the first half, but I don’t think it will be enough to push this game over the posted total. PREDICTION – UNDER 38