Can Stafford Ram Home Superiority?

Much vaunted Rams look to garner momentum after an impressive opening week

After the dust settled on a tremendous opening round of results we look forward with relish to picking out another treble with some form in the book and some angles to consider.

We were left to rue not being braver last week. All 6 selections I mentioned landed. Although if we can return a solid three picks every week it’ll be a successful season.

Moving to next week and again many of the unders points appeal. However, what appeals even more is to row in behind some of the premiere weekend’s eye-catching performances.

LA Rams @ Indianapolis Colts

First up on the list is LA Rams who visit the Indianapolis Colts having to give up 3.5 points (10/11) on the spread. And on the basis of what we saw last week there should be no issue in doing so. The hosts are looking to rebound after a comprehensive beating at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks 28-16.

It was a telling defeat. Carson Wentz really struggled to find any rhythm and his task will get no easier when the Rams come to town. In defense of Wentz he has had a severely disrupted preseason and the depth of his receivers leaves his team over-reliant on running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor in turn will take heart from  David Montgomery’s 100+ yards last week but we expect the Rams to tighten that aspect and make Wentz throw the football.

On the defensive front the Seahawks dominated possession and amassed 28 points with minimum of fuss. Matt Stafford rolled back the years on debut with some scintillating deep field bombs and you get the feeling that the Colts could be in for a testing afternoon. We are really strong on the Rams following up with a victory that exceeds the 3.5 point handicap.

Minnesota Vikings @ Arizona Cardinals

In a similar vein we were taken by the Arizona Cardinals impressive dismantling of the Tennesse Titans (38-13). We expect them to follow up when entertaining Minnesota, who are reeling following an underwhelming season opener with an overtime defeat to the Bengals 27-24.

They again are -3.5 points (10/11)  on the handicap but with Kyler Murray back to his brilliant best and DeAndre Hopkins in irresistible form we believe they will have more than enough to overcome the Vikings. Minnesota looked a shadow of the team Mike Zimmer has overseen for the last seven years. Throw in the emergence of Christian Kirk and Murray’s play-making should give the Vikings secondary all sorts of problems.

The rumours of squad unrest in the Vikings camp are growing and when the locker room goes the clock is well and truly ticking. On top of this the Cardinals defense has had the perfect warm up having stopped Derrick Henry. Henry was unable to show why he has been the top running back in the NFL for the past two years. Limit Dalvin Cook to something similar and this could be a home banker.

New England Patriots @ New York Jets

We considered several options for our last leg including the overs in Green Bay or the Dolphins as a home underdog. Ultimately we decided on the other AFC East match up to round out our treble as the New York Jets host the New England Patriots.

The Patriots will be looking to capitalize on this divisional clash to get their season up and running following a tough loss to Miami in week 1. If it were not for a late fumble they would have ground out a victory and Bill Belichick will be determined to avoid any more slip ups. It is an ideal fixture with a rookie quarterback leading one of the worst ranked teams in the NFL.

The Patriots for their part will be relatively pleased with how their own rookie Mac Jones performed last week and the -5.5 points (10/11) is well within their compass. The miserly defense should trouble Zach Wilson and we fully expect the Pats to get back on track with a dominating win this weekend.

SRD Selections:

Treble of the below picks at 6/1

LA Rams -3.5 points @ Colts,

Arizona Cardinals -3.5 points vs Vikings,

New England Patriots -5.5 points @ NY Jets.