Last season, the Los Angeles Rams won 12 games in the regular season and won the NFC West. They carried that momentum into the Super Bowl where they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals.
This season, the Rams are looking to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the New England Patriots won them in both 2004 and 2005. Many key members are back. Matthew Stafford is entering his second season with the Rams. Cooper Kupp is looking to build on a huge season where he won the triple crown. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey return on defense. Of course, Sean McVay is back on the sidelines.
Players like Von Miller and Odell Beckham are no longer with the team, but for the most part, the core is in tact. There is no real reason the Rams won’t compete for the Super Bowl this season. Yahoo’s Frank Schwab has the Rams No. 2 in his preseason power rankings. The betting market shares a similar view of the defending champions.
The Rams are expected to be among the league’s elite again
Last season, the Rams won 12 games. Next season, their win total is set at 10.5 games. This team lost some talent during the offseason, so a small step back wouldn’t be the biggest surprise. However, 10.5 is still the third-highest win total in the league behind only Tampa Bay and Buffalo. The punters are siding with the Rams as 93% of the bets and 88% of the money are on over 10.5 wins.
The Rams are -250 favorites to make the playoffs this upcoming season. These odds suggest Los Angeles makes the playoffs over 71% of the time. The Rams have reached the playoffs in four of the five seasons with Sean McVay at the helm, and punters expect that trend to continue. Right now at BetMGM, 77% of bets and 79% of money are backing the Rams to make the playoffs.
After winning the division last season, the Rams are +125 favorites to repeat as NFC West champions this upcoming season. Los Angeles is the most popular bet in the division with 54% of bets and 68% of money backing them to retain the division title. The Rams are -450 favorites to finish in the top two.
Los Angeles is +750 to lead the NFL in wins this upcoming season. Those are the fourth best odds behind Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Green Bay. The Rams are 12-1 to lead the league in points this season. Those odds are tied for fifth best with Cincinnati and Dallas. Only Buffalo, Kansas City, Chargers and Tampa Bay have better odds.
Can the Rams repeat as Super Bowl champions?
The Los Angeles Rams enter the 2022 season with 11-to-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. Those are the fourth-best odds in the league, behind only Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Kansas City. The Rams are currently the seventh most popular Super Bowl bet at BetMGM as they look to repeat as champions.
The Rams are +450 to win the NFC and represent the conference in the Super Bowl. Those are the second-best odds in the conference behind Tampa Bay, who is a +325 favorite. The Rams are +550 to enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the conference. Those odds are third best behind Tampa Bay and Green Bay.
Rams player trash and awards
What does the betting market think about some key members of the Rams?
After winning the Super Bowl in his first season with the Rams, it will be interesting to see what Matthew Stafford has in store for an encore. Stafford is 14-to-1 to win the NFL MVP this coming season. Those odds are tied for seventh best with Russell Wilson. Stafford is just behind Joe Burrow and just ahead of Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott on the leaderboard.
Stafford is +850 to lead the NFL in passing yards this upcoming season. Those odds are tied for third-best with Tom Brady, behind Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes. Stafford finished third in the division last season. Stafford is +750 to lead the league in passing touchdowns after finishing second last season. Those odds are tied for third best with Josh Allen, behind only Herbert and Brady. Stafford is 20-1 to lead the league in shutouts. Last season he tied Trevor Lawrence for the league lead.
Cooper Kupp likely won’t repeat last season’s performance, but he’s still projected to have a great year. Kupp is 100-to-1 to win NFL MVP this coming season. Only Jonathan Taylor, Derrick Henry and Deebo Samuel have better odds among non-quarterbacks. Kupp is 12-to-1 to win Offensive Player of the Year. Those odds are tied for second best with Samuel and Justin Jefferson. Only Taylor has a better chance.
Cooper Kupp is the betting favorite to lead the league in picks at +400. He is also second best (+900) behind Justin Jefferson to lead the league in receiving yards. Kupp has the second-best odds (+450) to lead the league in receiving touchdowns, behind only Mike Evans. Kupp led the league in all three of those categories last season.
In terms of season highlights, Kupp’s over/unders are set at 110.5 receptions, 1299.5 receiving yards and 11.5 touchdowns. Last season, he posted 145 receptions for 1947 and 16 touchdowns. Obviously, the regression from last season is expected by most, including the oddsmakers.
Aaron Donald is +900 to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Those odds are tied with Micah Parsons for third best, behind only Myles Garrett and TJ Watt. Donald is the second most popular bet behind Parsons.
Donald’s over/under for sacks this upcoming season is set at 11.5 sacks. He had 12.5 last season. Donald is 12-for-1 to lead the league in sacks. Those odds are tied for third best with Trey Hendrickson. Only Garrett and Watt have better odds. Donald finished seventh in sacks last season.
It was a season to forget for Allen Robinson last year in Chicago. However, he is joining the Rams and there is hope that they can revive his career the same way they revived Odell Beckham Jr.’s career. last season. Robinson is 25-to-1 to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Robinson is 30-to-1 to lead the league in receiving touchdowns, and at those odds, he’s the third most popular bet behind only Ja’Marr Chase and Kupp.
Last season, Robinson had just 38 receptions for 410 yards and one touchdown. However, in the two seasons before that, he averaged 100 receptions, 1199 yards and 6.5 touchdowns. His season marks are set at an over/under of 71.5 receptions, 824.5 receiving yards and 7.5 game-tying touchdowns.
The other Rams players
Cam Akers returned from an Achilles injury late last season but struggled. There is hope that the summer gave him the chance to make it. Akers is 25-to-1 to win Comeback Player of the Year. Akers is 25-for-1 to lead the league in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. The over/under for rushing yards is set at 849.5 yards, while the over/under for rushing yards is set at 7.5.
Jalen Ramsey is 40-to-1 to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Those odds are tied for 12th best. Ramsey’s over/under for cuts is set at 2.5 picks. He had four last season.
Sean McVay is 30-to-1 to win NFL Coach of the Year. These odds equate to 20th best.
The Rams open the season as home underdogs
The NFL season is just two days away and the Los Angeles Rams are one of two teams to kick things off on Thursday night. The Rams are a 2.5-point home underdog against the Buffalo Bills.
The Rams installed themselves as the betting favorites earlier in the summer, but a lot of people who love the Buffalo Bills as well as some concerns about Matthew Stafford’s elbow have pushed the Rams into the underdog role. Right now at BetMGM, 74% of bets and 90% of bookmakers back the accounts to finish as favourites.
The Rams are +110 underdogs on the money line. The total is set at 52 points, the third-highest Week 1 total behind Chiefs-Cardinals and Chargers-Raiders.