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Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins will look to rebound from their humbling Week 1 loss when they take on Jared Goff and the new-look Los Angeles Rams in what is now, an intriguing Week 2 matchup, seeing as how L.A. completely obliterated their Week 1 opponents.
The pair of playoff longshots will throw down live from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 PM ET with this contest airing on FOX. Now, let’s find out where the best value in this matchup lies.
Washington Redskins Vs Los Angeles Rams NFL Week 2 Odds & Pick
Washington Redskins (0-1) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
When: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4:25 PM ET
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
The Line: Los Angeles Rams -2.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Why Bet the Washington Redskins Odds at +2.5
The Redskins didn’t look completely awful in their 30-17 Week 1 loss to Philadelphia while failing to cover the spread as a 2-point home underdog, but they didn’t look very good at times either. Veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 23 of 40 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown, but also tossed a costly interception while getting sacked four times and hurried on several other occasions.
The Redskins were also limited to just 64 rushing yards in the loss with Cousins tying running back Robert Kelley for the team-high with 30 yards. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor caught a team-high six passes for 66 yards in his debut with Washington, who will now go up against former offensive coordinator Sean McVay who left the organization to take the head coaching job with the rams while becoming the youngest head coach in league history.
McVay spent seven seasons with Washington, including the last three as offensive coordinator.
"To go against Sean the first time is kind of nerve-racking," said Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams. "Because I know for a fact he knows everything about everybody on this team that was here when he was here.”
Why Bet the Los Angeles Rams Odds at -2.5
The Rams stunned Indianapolis – and the rest of the NFL by laying a stunning 46-9 smackdown on the Colts in Week 1 while dominating on both sides of the ball.
Second-year signal-caller Jared Goff looked like a completely different player than the one that struggled last season after being selected with the No. 1 overall pick. Goff completed 21 of his 29 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown while gifted running back Todd Gurley rushed for a modest 40 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. Backup running back Malcolm Brown added a rushing score in the win and Goff hooked up with his trio of new receivers, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp for 12 receptions and 190 yards and one score to Cupp.
Defensively, the Rams abused Indy quarterback Scott Tolzien for two pick-six touchdowns. However, head coach Scott McVay pointed out that Washington also knows him very well heading into this contest.
"You want to help guys out with some of the keys that you have, but it will be the same thing with (Redskins coach) Jay (Gruden) knowing exactly how we want to operate offensively," McVay said during a conference call with reporters. "So I think it kind of goes both ways, but really as a coach, you are just trying to make sure we make good decisions and try to put our players in good spots to have success."
The Rams held the Colts to just 10 first downs and a pitiful 0-for-10 success rate on third down, which was the first time a team hasn’t converted a third down since the last week of 2015 when Cincinnati went 0-for-9 against Baltimore. Los Angeles should have Pro Bowl defensive lineman Aaron Donald back on the field after he ended his 37-day contract holdout and reported to the Rams the day before the opener.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
I’m going to get right to the point by saying that there simply won’t be much defense in this contest, which makes the Over 46 total points the best play for this Week 2 pairing. I know the Rams looked fantastic in Week 1, but to be honest about it, it’s kind of hard to tell just how good they were with the pathetic way that Indianapolis quarterback Scott Tolzien played in ‘gifting’ them 14 points and basically looking incompetent before getting benched. Washington’s defense didn’t look particularly good either in letting Philly’s Carson Wentz torch them several times last weekend.
The Over is 5-0 in Washington’s last 5 road games, 10-1 in their last 11 games following a straight-up loss and 13-4 in their last 17 games against their NFC counterparts. The Over is also 4-0 in the Rams’ last four home games and 4-1 in their last five games overall. Again, I wouldn’t expect to see a whole lot of defense in this one. Keep it simple and play the Over people!
Pick: Over 46 Total Points