Rams QB Sam Bradford out for season, oddsmakers adjust – 08-24-2014

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St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the
2014-15 NFL season after tearing the ACL in his left knee
Saturday in preseason action against the Cleveland Browns, the
team announced Sunday.

Bradford – who had reconstructive surgery on the same knee in
the offseason – suffered the identical fate last year in St.
Louis’ Week 7 matchup against the Carolina Panthers and
missed the Rams’ last nine regular season games.

Before the injury, Sportsbook.ag
had St. Louis’ odds to win the Super Bowl at 60-1 with a 32-1
shot to capture the NFC Conference Championship. Without the
2010 first overall pick in the fold for the upcoming season,
the book had to react fast.

“We’ve already bumped the Rams’ Super Bowl odds to 75-1 and
their NFC Champion chances to 38-1,” said Peter Childs, an
oddsmaker for the book.

Before their Week 3 preseason meeting with the Browns, the
sportsbook listed St. Louis’ season wins total at 7.5
(O-145), but when the news broke that Bradford would miss the
entire upcoming NFL campaign, those odds dropped to 6.5
(U-140).

St. Louis opens the 2014-15 season at home versus the
Minnesota Vikings, and the books have taken note of the much
different look the Rams will have on offense without the
University of Oklahoma product under center.

“As for their Week 1 game against Minnesota, we’re going to
open the Rams as -4.5 faves due to the big downgrade with
former backup Shaun Hill taking the snaps instead of
Bradford,” said Childs.

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