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Rams open as 15.5-point favorites against Lions in Jared Goff’s return to Los Angeles

Sean McVay’s former protégé returns to SoFi Stadium with a big disadvantage in Vegas

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Believe it or not, the Los Angeles Rams are not the biggest favorites of Week 7, but they still hold quite a large lead in the opening odds for their highly-anticipated reunion with Jared Goff’s Detroit Lions next Sunday. The Rams opened as 15.5-point favorites at DraftKings sportsbook, their largest spread advantage since closing as 17.5-point favorites against the New York Jets last season.

As evidenced in that very Week 15 contest, being heavily favored to win doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to win.

The Rams traded Jared Goff and two first round picks to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford this past January, and it could turn into the finest move of Les Snead’s career. Stafford threw four more touchdown passes in Sunday’s 38-11 win over the New York Giants and should be in contention for his third NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Goff fell to 0-6 with the Lions and 0-13 in his career without Sean McVay as Detroit fell to the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 34-11.

LA has the third-best point differential in the NFC, while the Lions are tied with the Giants for the worst in the conference. Goff has especially struggled of late, throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions over his last four starts. Detroit hasn’t scored more than 17 points since Week 1, when they had 17 points with 2:00 minutes remaining in the game. The Rams have scored at least 20 points in every game, and over 30 points three times.

A 15.5-point spread is a large spread for any NFL game. This seems to make sense though.

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.