With Super Bowl LI fast approaching with a prime matchup between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, Las Vegas has released early betting odds for next year.
The Patriots boast the best odds at this current juncture (+500) followed by the Green Bay Packers (+1000), Pittsburgh Steelers (+1000), Seattle Seahawks (+1100), and Falcons (+1200).
As for the Los Angeles Rams, the franchise currently sits with the fourth-lowest betting odds in the league (+12000) ahead of just the Cleveland Browns (+25000), San Francisco 49ers (+20000), and Chicago Bears (+15000).
Los Angeles hasn't provided much reason for optimism to change that notion as the team hasn't held a winning record in the regular season in 13 consecutive campaigns, and hasn't made the playoffs in 12 straight years. On top of that, they have failed to amass more than seven wins in a decade.
The Rams also coming off a 4-12 season that has resulted in a major coaching change with the firing of head coach Jeff Fisher after nearly five seasons with the team where he compiled a record of 31-45-1.This included finishing no greater than third in the standings in the NFC West over that span.
The franchise is hoping the hiring of former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay as the next head coach will help dramatically change that stigma and culture around the team. Much of this will lie in his ability to help vastly improve the Rams' offense that in the 2016 season ranked last in the league in points per game (14.0), total offensive yards (262.7), and was 31st in passing yards per game (184.4).
A significant part of this will hinge on the development of quarterback Jared Goff, who was the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Goff struggled in his rookie campaign throwing for just 1,089 passing yards on a 54.6 completion percentage with five touchdown passes and seven interceptions and held a 22.2 quarterback rating.
This includes recording at least one interception on four occasions while passing for fewer than 200 yards five times. He also ranked last in the NFL yards per completion (5.31), held the second-worst total quarterback rating, and the fourth-lowest completion percentage.
The Rams also have an intriguing slate of games lined up for next season that includes home games against the Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and San Francisco 49ers. The away game schedule includes Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Cardinals, Seahawks, and 49ers.