Week 4 NFL Odds: Redskins Vs. Rams Line Favors Washington, Barely

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during their game at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Week 4 NFL odds have the St. Louis Rams as slight underdogs at home against the Washington Redskins; Friday's line is at -1.

The Washington Redskins remain the oddsmakers' favorites ahead of their Week 4 contest with the St. Louis Rams—this week's NFL Odds have them one-point favorites on the road in the latest line, a slight comedown from their 1-1/2 point start but still a reflection of the Rams' disappointing season to date. Who knew Sam Bradford's coming-out party would be spoiled by a team that's starting Rex Grossman?

The NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers are seven point underdogs against the Eagles, and the Seahawks and Cardinals are also picked to lose, so the Rams could somehow manage to fall to 0-4 and not lose any ground. Of course, that's what happens in a division you can win at 7-9.

The Rams' need, then, is less about the division than their own identity. With an even tougher schedule coming up after their Week 5 bye the Rams need to pull out an underdog victory to give ticket-buying fans—and coach-firing owners—a little faith in the new braintrust and its complex new offense. A win against the Washington Redskins, perhaps the weakest team they'll meet in the first half of the season, could accomplish that.

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