Last year was just about the worst case scenario for a team on a Super Bowl defense. The Los Angeles Rams lost just about all of their starters to injury and nearly had their coach retire on their way to a 5-12 season.
However, BetSided betting analyst Iain MacMillan thinks that 2023 could be different for the Rams, especially in Week 1 when they head up to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. Check out MacMillan's pick in his "Road to 272" Week 1 bets. The Seahawks went 9-8 last year and made the playoffs with Geno Smith at quarterback.
The Rams are underdogs in Week 1 and will be without Cooper Kupp, but they could still be worth a bet. If you want to ride with MacMillan, you can do it with this great FanDuel Sportsbook promo that will help make sure you don’t miss a single LA Rams game all season from anywhere in the country.
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Rams vs. Seahawks odds, spread and total
Betting analyst prediction for Rams in Week 1
The Rams had injury issues last year and now some of their top end talent is gone again in 2023. Jalen Ramsey was traded away to Miami and Cooper Kupp is down for Week 1 with a hamstring injury. However, they still have enough with Aaron Donald and Matthew Stafford for Betsided betting analyst Iain MacMillan to believe.
“I may be foolish to think this, but I don't think the Rams are nearly as bad as they were last season," MacMillan wrote. "Now with their starters (mostly) healthy and back in the mix, they'll be more competitive than people think.”
It’s not just about his rosy outlook on the Rams, it’s also about fading the Seahawks.
“My Upset of the Week for the opening slate of the 2023 season is the Rams to take down the Seahawks in Seattle," MacMillan wrote. "The Seahawks were a feel good story last year, making the playoffs after being projected as the worst team in the league. But, I truly think they were a product of a short NFL schedule.”
There’s going to be at least one outright upset in Week 1, there always is, and MacMillan thinks it will be Rams over Seahawks in Seattle.
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