By: Joe Branham, Published May 6, 2015
It’s becoming less of a secret that the St. Louis Rams are on to something heading into the 2015-16 NFL Season.
It appears that Las Vegas is finally seeing what so many Rams fans have been raving about for months, some even years.
You might remember that at the end of the 2014-15 NFL season, Vegas released it’s 2016 Super Bowl odds for all 32 NFL teams. The St. Louis Rams odds released at 50/1. This isn’t dreadful, but it’s not the most appealing odds we’ve ever seen.
Then came the 2015 Free Agency period. The St. Louis Rams began with a headline grabbing trade that sent QB Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles for Nick Foles and a second round draft pick. The Rams weren’t done there as they also brought in DT Nick Fairley and LB Akeem Ayers. The Rams also did something most expected them to, which is to drop the dead weight money suckers along the offensive line by releasing OT Jake Long and C Scott Wells.
What seemed to be so few moves, it still made an impression on Las Vegas who moved the Rams 2016 Super Bowl odds to 40/1 after free agency had closed.
Clearly moving in the right direction, the St. Louis Rams needed to fill just on area via the 2015 NFL Draft. The offensive line. The Rams did just that and went offensive line heavy in the draft.
What else could we expect from Head Coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead other than the least expected thing come draft time? With the Rams on the clock and the entire world looking at what offensive linemen were available, the St. Louis Rams elected to take a running back. Not just any running back… Todd Gurley. Todd Gurley is the most talented running back the NFL has seen since Adrian Peterson. The Rams knew that they wanted him and were certain he would be on the board at number 10.
The Rams did not have a need for the running back position. Zac Stacy, Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham, Chase Reynolds, and Trey Watts were already on the roster. Zac Stacy has since been traded to the New York Jets. The Rams have also added undrafted rookie RB Malcom Brown from Texas University.
With the Rams nabbing one of the most elite prospects the NFL has seen in years, as well as being able to beef up the offensive line, Vegas has again responded to the St. Louis Rams rise to prominence.
Las Vegas currently has the Rams at 35/1 odds to win the Super Bowl following the 2015-16 NFL season.
Place your bets now Rams fans. The odds are creeping in the Rams favor to take it all this year.
And what would be better than the Rams winning the Super Bowl on top of grabbing a stack of money to help pass time in the off-season?
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