The start of the 2016 season is upon us, which means Las Vegas has released its annual betting predictions for each NFL team.
According to PredictionMachine.com’s NFL Preview, the Los Angeles Rams are projected to have a meager 0.6% percent chance of winning Super Bowl LI in Houston next February. They are one of eight teams that hold less than one percent of a chance of accomplishing that feat. These numbers were reportedly ran 50,000 times coming out with the Rams possessing one of the lowest outcomes of winning their second Super Bowl in franchise history.
The Seattle Seahawks hold the highest mark as the team most likely to win the Super Bowl at a league-best 14.3%. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals have the third highest possibility to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy at season’s end with a 10.2% chance.
PredictionMachine.com has also projected the Rams to win 7.3 games this upcoming season, which would mark their 10th straight losing campaign. They currently hold a 50% chance or better of beating six opponents with it being over the 60 percent mark against the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins.
Los Angeles is also expected to hold a 3-3 record against NFC West opponents, including winning both games against the 49ers. In that regard, they hold a slim 6.5% chance of winning their division, and just a 12.3% chance to claim a wildcard spot. The Rams performed quite well against divisional opponents last season with a 4-2 record, including narrowly defeating the Seahawks twice.
If Los Angeles were to make to the playoffs, projections have them holding a 9.7% chance of winning in the wild card round, 3.6% in the divisional round, and 1.4% in the conference championship game.
The Rams will have another daunting task ahead of them holding the third most difficult schedule in the league behind just the Atlanta Falcons and 49ers with their opponents holding a combined .551 winning percentage last season.
This includes facing formidable playoff contenders in the Seahawks, Cardinals, New England Patriots, and Carolina Panthers. All but Seattle in that group were in the conference championship games last season. They are also facing seven teams that recorded at least eight wins in 2015.
The deck look to be stacked against the Rams once again. However, their fate this upcoming season will lie on their play outside of the division against many viable teams that were in the playoffs or just narrowly missed the cut a year ago. They will have to get off to a strong start with four of their first six games being on the road.