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Los Angeles Rams betting odds, Week 1 Vegas spread and Jared Goff NFL MVP chances

The Rams made some major overhauls following last year's disappointing campaign. Here's a betting breakdown of their 2020 schedule:
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The Los Angeles Rams made big news Wednesday on the eve of their opener vs. the Dallas Cowboys by signing three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey to a five-year, $105 million extension with $71.2 million guaranteed. It's easily the largest deal for a defensive back in NFL history. Now Ramsey and the Rams look to christen the new $5 billion-plus SoFi Stadium with a win in the Week 1 Sunday night game vs. Dallas, which is a 3-point favorite on the NFL odds.

Dallas leads the all-time series 14-12 and has won four of the past five. Last year in Week 15, the Rams were blasted 44-21 at AT&T Stadium. Ramsey was a non-factor with just one tackle. Yet it might be worth considering betting Los Angeles for Sunday's game as the franchise is 5-0 ATS in its last five home openers. Of course, the Rams have never played a game at SoFi Stadium with no postseason.

The 2020 schedule presents some early challenges as Los Angeles has road games in four of the first six weeks, and three of those opponents reached the playoffs last year. However, the Rams finish with three home games in the final four weeks and should be favored to win them all.

LOS ANGELES RAMS BETTING PROFILE

2019 record: 9-7, third in NFC West

2019 against the spread: 10-5-1

2019 ATS margin: -0.8

2019 Over-Under: 7-9

2020 strength of schedule: Tied for 10th-toughest; opponents had .516 winning percentage last year 

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WILLIAM HILL 2020 LOS ANGELES RAMS FUTURES ODDS

Win total: 8.5 (Under -120 favorite)

To make playoffs: No -175, yes +150

Division: +325 to win NFC West

Conference: +1400 to win NFC

Super Bowl 55: +2800 to win

Defensive Player of the Year: DL Aaron Donald +600

NFL MVP: QB Jared Goff +10000

Coach of the Year: Sean McVay +2800

SportsLine Model's projection: 8.7 wins (Pick is Over)

LOS ANGELES RAMS GAME-BY-GAME BETTING TRENDS

Week 1 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. ET: The home team is 6-2 ATS in the past eight meetings.

Week 2 at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET: The Rams are 0-6 SU and ATS in the last six meetings.

Week 3 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET: The Rams are on a 1-4 ATS slump in the series.

Week 4 vs. New York Giants, 4:05 p.m. ET: The Rams are 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings.

Week 5 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET: The Rams are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings.

Week 6 at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. ET: The Rams are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 road games.

Week 7 vs. Chicago Bears, 8:15 p.m. ET: The Rams are 2-4 ATS in the last six home meetings.

Week 8 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET: The Dolphins have won and covered four straight meetings.

Week 9: Bye

Week 10 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET: The Rams covered both meetings last year and won outright at home.

Week 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. ET: The Bucs (+9.5) won in Los Angeles last season to break a five-game skid in the series. The Over is 4-0 in the Rams' last four games after hosting Seattle.

Week 12 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. ET: The road team covered both meetings last year.

Week 13 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET: The Under is on a 4-1 spurt in this series.

Week 14 vs. New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. ET: New England is on a 5-0 SU and ATS run in the series.

Week 15 vs. New York Jets, TBA: The Over is on a 5-1 run in the series.

Week 16 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. ET: The Rams are on a 4-1 SU and ATS run in the series.

Week 17 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET: The Rams won and covered both meetings last season.  

EXPERT PICK FROM MIKE TIERNEY, LAST SEASON'S TOP NFL HANDICAPPER FOR SPORTSLINE: Over 8.5 wins

The Rams' window of opportunity remains open, if only by a crack. Much has been made of RB Todd Gurley and WR Brandin Cooks moving on, but both were physically limited in L.A. Rookie Cam Akers replenishes depth at RB that was compromised by Gurley leaving. The arrival of DT A'Shawn Robinson upgrades the D-line to one of the league's finest. Maybe too much credit is being lavished on coach Sean McVay, but he is crafty enough to keep the Rams north of .500. An early test of four away games in five weeks is offset by having to deal with only two 10 a.m. (PT) kickoffs.

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Josh NagelSenior Analyst