September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) breaks away from Washington Redskins safety DeJon Gomes (24) and linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The St. Louis Rams opened the first week of the season as nine-point underdogs. This week, they open as three-point underdogs against the Washington Redskins in their first game of the season at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Odds makers later closed the spread to seven points in the Lions' favor last week. Jeff Fisher's team covered that spread in their 27-23 loss. Add it to the long list of moral victories from the week. Three points is a slimmer margin between the teams. Washington more than covered their spread as underdogs in a Week 1 win over the Saints.
The total on the game is 45.5. Washington has gone over in six of their last eight games. The total has gone under in six of the last eight outings between the Rams and the Redskins.
Offensive line injuries have to be the biggest concern heading into this game. Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, Washington's two outside rushers, present a tough matchup for any pair of offensive tackles, much less Barry Richardson and Wayne Hunter.
Working in the Rams favor is a secondary that could make life very difficult for rookie sensation Robert Griffin III. If they can get some pass rush going this week, the Rams could again surprise.