Rams head coach Sean McVay has never had less than 9 wins since taking over for Jeff Fisher. He’s also delivered an over on the preseason win total in 2 of 3 seasons in Southern California, though his offensive line could be the reason why he ends up going 2-for-4.
Los Angeles’ win total is 8.5 (Fan Duel), which comes on the heels of a 9-7 campaign, and as ESPN’s Bill Barnwell explains. Quarterback Jared Goff constantly was under duress last season and didn’t perform well, posting a league-worst 34.5 passer rating under pressure. Despite those concerns, the Rams did little to improve the unit.
The club didn’t have a first-round pick as a result of the Jalen Ramsey trade and it used it’s first two picks in the 2020 draft to replace Todd Gurley and Brandon Cooks. They didn’t have the salary-cap flexibility to sign any line upgrades in free agency, so they enter 2020 with an underwhelming unit.
Examining the Rams Win Totals Under Sean McVay
- O/U: 6
- Results: 11-5
Coming off a 4-12 season where Jeff Fisher wasn’t willing to put his full faith in Jared Goff, expectations were low in Los Angeles. McVay came in and got the most out of the former No. 1 overall pick, leading to an over for bettors by Week 10.
- O/U: 10
- Results: 13-3
The Rams again won the NFC West and over bettors rejoiced. The skepticism that McVay’s system was a flash in the pan was quickly blanketed. L.A. clinched the over in Week 13.
- O/U: 10.5
- Result: 9-7
Entering the season with the franchise’s highest win total since the 2002 campaign, the club failed to reach the over. By the end of week 15, under bettors had cashed their tickets.
(O/U via the Westgate in LV)
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Rams’ 2020 Division Odds
The Rams entered last season as the favorite (-150) to win the NFC West, though they ended up finishing 9-7, which was good for third in the division.
Entering this year, San Francisco (+100 via Fan Duel) and Seattle (+240) are seen as more likely to win the division than Los Angeles (+340). Arizona also lingers, coming in at +900.