Washington Redskins (0-1; 0-1 ATS: 0-1 O/U) vs. Los Angeles Rams (1-0; 1-0 ATS: 1-0 O/U)
NFL Week Two: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4:25pm EST
Line: Los Angeles -2.5
The Los Angeles Rams will take on the Washington Redskins in an NFC battle Sunday afternoon from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Redskins are coming off a 30-17 home loss to the Eagles, and the Rams crushed the Colts by a 46-9 score in their home opener. The Redskins defeated the Rams by a 24-10 score in the 2015 season.
Cousins’ Turnovers Costly in Loss to Eagles
The Washington Redskins made some sloppy mistakes that played a role in their 30-17 home loss to the Eagles last week. Kirk Cousins threw for 240 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and both of his fumbles were recovered by the Eagles. The 29-year old quarterback had a big 2016 season, recording 4917 passing yards with a 25:12 TD to INT ratio. The Redskins could not get anything going on the ground, rushing for 64 total yards on 17 carries. Robert Kelley was only able to rush for 30 yards. Kelley had a strong rookie season that saw him amass 704 yards. Terrelle Pryor Sr. had a big game, making a team-high six catches for 66 yards. The former Cleveland Brown will add another threat downfield after he racked up 1007 receiving yards in Cleveland last season. The Redskins were sloppy with their three costly turnovers but this team does a lot of game breaking talent.
The Redskins defense had no answer for Carson Wentz who threw for 307 yards. They did completely stifle the Eagles running game, holding them to 58 rushing yards and will face another dangerous back in Todd Gurley in this matchup. Zach Brown was all over the field, making a total of 12 tackles. The Washington defense will have to be on their toes facing a Rams team that is suddenly full of confidence after last week’s triumph.
Goff Shines in First NFL Victory
The Los Angeles Rams exploited the Colts defense in their convincing 46-9 home win last Sunday. Jared Goff had by far his best game in a Rams uniform, connecting on 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards and one touchdown. The 22-year old quarterback struggled last season, throwing only five TD’s against seven picks in seven games. Todd Gurley was only able to convert his 19 carries into 40 yards, however, he did make five grabs for 56 yards. New head coach Sean McVay wants to use Gurley as a receiver as well, and it worked well in week one. Sammy Watkins was solid, making five catches for 58 yards on five targets. The 24-year old wide receiver came over in a trade with the Bills and adds to a reasonably thin receiving core and is instantly the Rams number one receiver. The Rams will face a much tough challenge this week, however, they are riding a ton of confidence.
The Rams defense was outstanding, allowing only 225 passing yards and held the Colts to an 0 for 10 mark on third downs. Robert Quinn made one of four sacks, and he also made two tackles for a loss in the win. The Rams defense completely overmatched Tolzien but Cousins will be a tougher task.
The Washington Redskins are:
- 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 90 rushing yards in their previous game.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
The Los Angeles Rams are:
- 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the NFC.
- 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
I am taking the points with the Redskins in this matchup. I know the Rams looked good last week but they were playing a Colts team with no Andrew Luck and they were without top cornerback Vontae Davis. The Redskins have the better quarterback and a much deeper receiving core. The Redskins feature a dangerous passing game with talented receivers and they should score some points in this matchup. This is a Rams team that was the lowest scoring team in the NFL last year, and while Goff is more experienced this year, this offense still needs to score with consistency to be taken seriously.
Pick: Washington Redskins +2.5
The Redskins should have a strong afternoon but again I can’t see the Rams duplicating their performance from week one. I expect Washington to score but they wont march down the field with ease all game as the Rams to have some solid defensive pieces, and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams. The Rams will be facing a much stronger defensive team in the Redskins this week, and they will not score at will like last week, and the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games.