KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 26: Rodger Saffold #76, Mike Sims-Walker #10 and Ben Guidugli #41 all of the St. Louis Rams celebrate Sims-Walker's touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during a pre-season game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Rams are four-point underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles Week 1. Which isn't so bad, all things considered.
The good news is that the mothership's very own Andrew Sharp has picked the St. Louis Rams to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1. The bad news is that bettors have chosen a very different scenario, with the Rams four-point underdogs on the current line. Two storylines are available for people with money burning a hole in any number of their pockets: the Rams' renaissance with Sam Bradford and quarterback svengali Josh McDaniels, and the Eagles' post-NFL-lockout makeover into the team to beat, or at least hate on, Miami Heat-style, in the NFL.
In general it's good for your finances to pick the Terrifying Machine over the plucky, mid-renaissance underdogs—if it weren't, that wouldn't make such a terrible plot for a sports movie. But the Rams' undefeated preseason and confidence-inducing coaching staff might be enough for people who expect more out of the NFC West than most to brave the four-point spread and choose the Rams Sunday.
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