Tuesday, September 27, 2011

JZN NFL Predictions vs. Spread: Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams (Week 4, 2011-12)

Rex Grossman believes that the Washington Redskins’ offense can be unstoppable. They certainly haven’t been unstoppable in the red zone this season. Why the St. Louis Rams’ could be all-but-eliminated from playoff contention with a loss.

The early spread on this game is PICK EM (P). Here are some of the key aspects of the game and what to watch out for when betting. All lines from Cooper's Pick and Injury Reports from covers.com as of September 27, 2011. Always keep yourself updated with injury lines because they’ll unexpectedly change throughout the week.

#0: Current Record (Straights Only)
Washington Redskins 2-1
St. Louis Rams 2-1

#1: Injuries
The Redskins are basically healthy. WR Anthony Armstrong and DB Dejon Gomes are their early concerns for Week 4, barring midweek injuries. The Rams aren’t as fortunate. QB Sam Bradford suffered another injury but should return (Sprained toe). RB Steven Jackson should return after missing the past two weeks. The Rams are also missing three wide receivers with Mark Clayton, Danny Amendola and Greg Salas.

#2: Short Week
The Washington Redskins are coming off a short week after their Monday Night Football loss in Week 3. The Rams should be desperate and are probably using every second of this week to give themselves the best chance for victory.

#3 Trend: St. Louis Rams vs. NFC East
The Rams are 0-2 in games against the NFC East. They’ve had double-digit defeats to the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants in Week 1 and Week 2.

The Redskins are 1-0 against NFC West teams. They enjoyed a 21-20 comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.
Final Predictions:
It’s do-or-die time for the St. Louis Rams. They can’t afford to start 0-4 after three home games. A 0-4 start when they still have to play the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers is essentially a death sentence.

This is about as winnable of an out-of-conference game as the Rams get this season. The Redskins don’t have an explosive offense that’s going to break games open. Therefore, the Rams should have a chance at the end.

Against the Spread: St. Louis Rams (Pick ‘Em)
Straight: St. Louis Rams 20, Washington Redskins 17

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