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Las Vegas odds shows lack of faith in Rams for 2017 season

Las Vegas has pinned the Rams with one of the lowest Super Bowl odds for the 2017 season.

With the 2017 NFL Draft now in the rearview window and the upcoming season just a few months away, Las Vegas has put forth their latest round of betting odds. 

The usual suspects that lie around the favorites to make it to Super Bowl LII start with the defending champion New England Patriots sitting at a league-best 2/1 odds followed by the Dallas Cowboys at 9/2. The rest of the top tier field consists of Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks each at 11/2 while the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers each hold 7/1 odds. 

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams are near the bottom of the league with 66/1 odds, which is only just better than the 100/1 odds that the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns all hold. As for the divisional play, Los Angeles doesn't fare much better current sitting at 12/1, which is third-best in the NFC West behind the Seahawks at 2/7 and Arizona Cardinals 3/1 while the San Francisco 49ers have the lowest odds at 18/1.  

The lack of confidence in the Rams shouldn't come as much of a surprise given that they are coming off a 4-12 campaign, which marked the 10th straight season that they have missed the playoffs. The organization has also undergone some major changes in the offseason with a new unproven head coach in place in Sean McVay, who is the former Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator, along with an almost entirely new coaching staff. 

The front office has also pushed forth a renewed emphasis on the youth movement on the team with 2016 first overall pick Jared Goff leading the offense under center. He didn't exactly create airwaves in his rookie campaign not seeing the field until Week 11 racking up 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.

Running back Todd Gurley also struggled tremendously in his second campaign rushing for only 885 yards with six touchdowns while averaging 3.2 yards per carry. This also included falling short of cracking the century mark in any game while tallying fewer than 50 rushing yards seven times and reaching the end zone in only five contests.

All of this contributed to their porous offense that saw them finish last in the NFL in points per game (14.0), total offensive yards (262.7), and 31st in passing yards per game (184.4) in 2016.  This along with the new incoming unproven talent in the draft to help the offense makes it hard for Las Vegas to feel confident that the Rams can make some noise in 2017. 

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of LARamsReport.com. You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.


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