NFL: St. Louis vs. Buffalo Predictions
Both the St. Louis Rams and the Buffalo Bills will look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a win this Sunday when the two clash in an inter-conference matchup at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The game is slated to get underway at 1 p.m. (ET) and it will be available locally on FOX.
The Rams kept themselves in the NFC postseason discussion with a stunning 16-13 overtime victory over San Francisco this past Sunday as seven-point road underdogs. The win boosted their overall record to 5-6-1 straight up and a profitable 8-4 against the spread. The total has gone “over” in four of their last five games.
Buffalo is still hanging around in the AFC at 5-7 SU (6-6 ATS) after this past Sunday’s 34-18 romp over Jacksonville as a six-point home favorite. The total went over the 41-point line, but it had stayed “under” in three of its previous four games. The Bills are 3-2 SU in five home games this season
St. Louis vs. Buffalo Betting Storylines
St. Louis continues to find ways to win games despite having an offense that is ranked 28th in the NFL in points per game and 25th in total yards. It has not scored more than 20 points in eight of its first 12 games this season and has averaged 19.6 points in five games on the road. Sam Bradford has passed for 2,668 yards and 14 touchdowns, but he has been picked off nine times while competing just 60.8 percent of his throws. Injuries to Steven Jackson have taken the bite out of the Rams rushing attack, which is averaging 115.1 yards a game.
The reason that the Rams have managed to win five games this season is a defense that has remained effective against both the pass and the run this year. It is ranked 12th in the NFL in total yards allowed and 17th in points allowed in giving up an average of 22.2 points a game.
Buffalo is another team that has had major struggles with consistency on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has a slightly better completion percentage at 61.1, but he has thrown for only 2,471 yards on an offense that is ranked 26th in the league in passing yards per game. He has also tossed 12 interceptions against 20 touchdowns. One injury concern for this Sunday could be wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who reportedly tweaked his hamstring in Sunday win over the Jaguars. The Bills still have a decent rushing attack behind CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson that is averaging 147.9 yards a game.
Defensively, Buffalo has had its fair share of problems stopping the run this season as it is giving up an average of 139.2 yards a game. It is ranked 24th in the league in total yards allowed and 29th in scoring by allowing an average of 28.1 points a game.
St. Louis vs. Buffalo Betting Odds and Trends by 5Dimes
Pointspread: Buffalo -3
Total Line: 42
The Rams are 1-6-1 SU in their last eight games on the road and 5-10 ATS in their last 15 road games. The total has stayed under in 11 of their last 16 games on the road.
The Bills are 4-2 SU in their last six home games but just 6-15 SU in their last 21 games overall. The total has gone over in six of their last seven home games.
While these two teams do not play one another too often, Buffalo has won five of the last six meetings SU overall and four of the last five games SU that were played at home. The total has gone over in the last five meetings
NFL Picks: St. Louis vs. Buffalo Betting Predictions
This is a matchup of two pretty similar teams. And while you would have to give the edge on defense to the Rams, they have not been a good road team to wager on. The weather in Buffalo is starting to turn cold, which is an added edge for the Bills, especially considering they are playing a dome team. Give the three points and stick with the home team all the way in this one.
Take #122 Buffalo (-3) over St. Louis (Sunday, Dec.9, 1 p.m. FOX)
- Jesse Schule
- March 27, 2015 - 7:15 PM
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- 5dimes @ -8.5 -105 Gonzaga
This is a Free #NCAAB play on the Gonzaga #Bulldogs.
According to bookmakers, the UCLA Bruins are the least likely of the remaining teams to win the NCAA Tournament. You can still get the Bruins at 100-1 odds at Westgate Superbook. The Bruins were very lucky to have even qualified for the tournament, and many experts were critical of the committee for selecting them. UCLA came into the tournament with a 2-8 record versus the RPI Top 50, and 4-11 away from Pauley Pavilion. If you look at the Bruin's schedule, the most impressive thing they've done is lose to Arizona. Some might say they finished the season strong by winning four of five prior to the tourney, but it's worth pointing out that all four of those wins came against bottom feeders of the Pac-12. They beat Washington and Washington State, and USC twice. The Trojans finished dead last in the conference with a record of 3-15.
After being gifted a one-point victory on a controversial goaltend call in their first round match versus SMU, they got a lucky draw against minnows UAB in the second round. I think their luck is going to run out here in the Sweet 16 against Gonzaga, a team with a lot to prove. Perhaps the fact that the Bulldogs have a history of early exits has contributed to why the line in this game is still in single digits. This year's team is even stronger than it was in past season's though, as evidenced by their 87-68 win over a very solid Iowa team in the second round. The two teams that eliminated Gonzaga in the last two years have each gone on to the Final Four (Wichita State and Arizona). UCLA doesn't come anywhere near either of those teams in terms of talent. When these teams met during the regular season, the Bruins lost to Gonzaga by 13 points on their home court. I see no reason why they should expect a better result here in Houston.
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