Although the Redskins had high hopes for this football season, those aspirations didn’t translate to results in Week 1. Washington suffered a tough loss at home to a divisional opponent last week, and they’ll be looking for a quick rebound on the road in Los Angeles.
The Rams meanwhile put on an absolute show in their crushing of the depleted Indianapolis Colts. Their offense was electric, while their defense stymied everything Indy offered. The Rams are an up and coming group and former first overall pick Jared Goff is slowly showing some confidence under centre. Against the ‘Skins, look for Goff to keep up his successful form.
It’s a desperate team vs. one riding a wave of momentum as Washington travels to L.A. Starting 0-2 is not a good omen for making the post-season, but the youthful Rams will be hard to dispose of. Read on below for more detailed analysis and a betting selection to line your pockets for SNF and MNF for NFL Week 2 action!
Redskins vs. Rams Betting Odds:
Washington Redskins +2.5 (-110)
@ Los Angeles Rams -2.5 (-110)
Over 46 (-110)
Under 46 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Redskins vs. Rams Pick:
Jared Goff is much-improved, as was evident last week against the Colts. He looked like a former first overall pick and it is clear he has put in a ton of off-season work. Goff should also be appreciative of playing behind a revamped offensive line that has allowed him more time and space to operate. Washington does boast an impressive defensive line, but L.A.’s front should be able to limit their effectiveness and give Goff space in the pocket.
With room to maneuver, Goff should continue where he left off last week. Sammy Watkins will likely be blanketed effectively by Josh Norman, but everybody knows Cooper Kupp is Goff’s number one guy. Outside of Norman, Washington has some real weaknesses within their secondary and the Rams can and will expose this. Look for Goff to be able to take full advantage of this on Sunday – routinely moving the chains through the air.
One big warning sign last week for Washington was the porous play of their offensive line. The once strong unit really looked awful against the Eagles in Week 1 and it’s not going to get any easier. Los Angeles is welcoming back ferocious defensive lineman Aaron Donald and regardless of the shape he is in – Donald is always effective. Add in the presences of Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers, and there’s no way Kirk Cousins is escaping trouble on Sunday afternoon. He’ll have very little, if any, time in the pocket. This could likely lead to some forced turnovers by an opportunistic Rams’ defensive group.
Washington has no running game right now and seem to be off to yet another slow start offensively. They have the talent but seem out-of-sync, and travelling west to take on a hungry Rams’ team won’t fix anything. The Rams are a much-improved club and coach Sean McVay knows the Washington offense better than anyone. Look for the Rams to pick up where they left off, easily disposing of a downward trending Washington club.
PICK = Rams -2.5 (-110)