NFL betting handicappers will have a stark contrast to evaluate with the exhibition sports betting matchup between the Vikings and Rams at St. Louis on August 14. The Minnesota Vikings were the NFC runners up last year after giving the Super Bowl bid away to the New Orleans Saints. They enter the 2010 season as one of the favorites to win it all.
The St. Louis Rams won just one game last year as they began a massive rebuilding job with rookie head coach Steve Spagnuolo.
Under normal circumstances in regular season the Rams would be given little chance but in this specific preseason matchup a win by St. Louis would surprise very few fans or handicappers.
The Vikings will be without last year’s starting quarterback Brett Favre for this preseason opener. The Rams will have the biggest name quarterback on either lineup as 2010 top overall draft pick Sam Bradford was signed sealed and delivered for over $50 million in guaranteed cash.
Bradford was signed for the big bucks based in large part on his face being the new image of a team that has been for sale and down and out on the field.
General manager Billy Devaney is optimistic about the Rams chances heading into preseason.
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“The only way I can say it is the players are ****-ed off from last year,” said Devaney. “You want to say forget last year, and last year’s over. But let me tell you, this isn’t any fun.”
“There are a lot of motivated people here to get this thing going and start winning football games.”
Bradford will be under plenty of pressure as the Rams “savior.”
While AJ Feeley will be listed as the starting quarterback heading into preseason play Bradford should see his share of action, along with Keith Null and Thaddeus Lewis.
Meanwhile the Vikings have been going through the annual Brett Favre “will he or won’t he” saga that is a regular soap opera each summer. Assuming Favre eventually comes back at the end of training camp it won’t matter for the exhibition season as Tavaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels, and Joe Webb will get the bulk of preseason work.
Star running back Adrian Peterson caused a stir during minicamp because he skipped it. The fumble prone back is rumored to want a re-worked contract. He trained at home for most of the off season and avoided the team. Toby Gerhart, Ian Johnson, and Ryan Moats will get plenty of preseason work.