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Las Vegas weighs in on the Los Angeles Rams

With the 2016 regular season just around the corner, Las Vegas has released many of its proposition betting lines. Along with that, there are a couple of bets associated with Los Angeles Rams players. 

According to Bovada online betting, the company has set the over/under line for the number of starts for rookie quarterback Jared Goff at 12.5 in the 2016 season. This clearly shows that Las Vegas believes that Goff will become the full-time starter at some point in the first month of the regular season. 

However, this would require a major shift in thinking for head coach Jeff Fisher and the Rams with the first overall pick in this year’s draft currently slated to be third on the depth chart to open the season. In fact, Fisher has already stated that he will be inactive for the season opener on the road against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. 

This would also mean that Goff would have to prove plenty to the coaching staff within the next month that he’s ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. The 21-year-old demonstrated in the preseason that he wasn’t anywhere near being prepared to handle that type of responsibility yet.. In total, he completed 22 of 49 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions, two fumbles, and was sacked four times. 

Goff had his moments where he showed some potential to be a productive quarterback in the league, but he also displayed that he has plenty of room for improvement. He has other areas aside from getting more playing time under center that he needs to show sufficiency in such as having a good feel for the playbook and more command of the offense. This will in turn create more confidence in his ability on the field to one day lead an NFL team. 

Bovada also released a pair of propositional bets regarding running back Todd Gurley with an over/under line at 1,200 rushing yards along with a line at eight total combined rushing and receiving touchdowns in the 2016 regular season. 

This would require Gurley to average at least 75 rushing yards per game, and record a touchdown in every other game. It’s clear that Las Vegas believes that the Pro Bowl tail back can replicate his strong performance from last season that saw him become just the second Rams’ rookie to rush for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns since Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson did so in1983. He also was just the third rookie in Rams history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season joining the likes of Dickerson and fellow of Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis.  

Las Vegas has a strong faith in Gurley’s ability to reach that target despite question marks on that side of the football. The Rams will once again boast one of the youngest starting offensive lines in the league with no player over the age of 28. There is also uncertainty around the passing game with Case Keenum manning the starting spot with no true standout wide receiver on the roster. 

That said, Gurley could reach each of these marks based alone on his sheer talent and ability. At this point in time, this would be the more realistic possibility between two separate proposition betting lines for this upcoming season.  

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