The St. Louis Rams will visit the Detroit Lions in Week 1 in what should be a matchup against a team the Rams are trying to become. Similar to St. Louis, the Lions were down in the dumps in the league for many years, drafting a young quarterback first overall and went to work surrounding him with pieces. Last season, everything finally came together as the Lions won 10 games and made the playoffs.
The Rams are hoping to see a similar turn of events for their franchise as Jeff Fisher now guides the team from the sidelines. Week 1 will be a barometer test to see just how far along the Rams have come.
St. Louis Rams is a nine-point underdog on the NFL odds in Detroit, which means the lines makers are not giving them much of a chance to win. Overall, it’s not a great matchup for them.
The Lions main weakness on defense is their secondary and their strength is their defensive line. The Rams front five hasn’t done a great job of protecting Sam Bradford in the preseason and he doesn’t appear to have great weapons to take advantage of the Lions defensive backs. Meanwhile, the Rams secondary is a weakness but they’ll be facing Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford, who passed for over 5000 yards last season.
The equalizer here will have to be running Steven Jackson. If he can have a big game and ease the pressure off of the passing game, the Lions will have a chance. Detroit’s running game is a big question mark and the Rams defense should be able to make them one-dimensional rather easily.
If the Rams can find some balance and somehow steal a win in a Week 1, it would be the perfect dose of confidence that this young team really needs.