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Rams Given Worst Super Bowl 53 Odds Entering Conference Championships

Jared Goff

After defeating Dallas 30-22 in the NFL Divisional Round Jared Goff and the Rams will head to New Orleans for the NFL Conference Championship. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)

  • The last team to lose a game during the NFL season, the Los Angeles Rams are given the least chance to win Super Bowl 53
  • Bovada lists the Rams as +350 to win the Super Bowl
  • For much of the season, the Rams were betting favorites to win the Super Bowl

Did the Los Angeles Rams peak too soon? That seems to be the prevailing wisdom in NFL circles, as well as in the betting lines.

Established as the Super Bowl 53 betting choice for most of the 2018 regular season, the Rams are given the worst Super Bowl odds now.

Odds to Win Super Bowl 53

Team Odds to win Super Bowl 53 at
New Orleans Saints +175
Kansas City Chiefs +275
New England Patriots +333
Los Angeles Rams +350

*Odds as of 1/14/2019

The Rams won their only Super Bowl title in Super Bowl 34.

On The Road, LA Isn’t Ram Tough

Taking their show on the road for the NFC Championship Game has proven to be a recipe for disaster in the case of the Rams.

They are 1-4 in NFC Championship Games where they are the visiting team, losing at the Minnesota Vikings in 1974 and 1976, at the Chicago Bears in 1985, and at the San Francisco 49ers in 1989.

The combined scored of L.A.’s four road losses in NFC Championship Games is 92-26.

Looking at things more positively, the Rams are 2-0 against NFC South teams in NFC Championship Games, both wins coming at the expense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

That includes L.A.’s lone road win, a 9-0 verdict at Tampa Bay in 1999 that earned the Rams their first trip to the Super Bowl.

The Rams are 3-6 overall in NFC Championship Games. The St. Louis Rams are 2-0. The Los Angeles Rams are 1-6, having been shutout twice and held to 10 points or less in six of those seven games.

Head South, Young Man

The Saints will be the third NFC South team to play host to the NFC Championship Game in four years, and the previous two, the Atlanta Falcons (2016) and Carolina Panthers (2015) both won the game.

But the Falcons were also the last NFC South team to play host to an NFC Championship Game and come out a loser, and they were beaten by an NFC West team, falling 28-24 to the 49ers in 2012.

Can Rams Stop Saints From Marching On?

It doesn’t bode well for L.A.

Their first loss of the season was a 45-35 defeat at New Orleans in Week 9. The Saints haven’t lost a home playoff game since 1992.  New Orleans QB Drew Brees, the early Super Bowl 53 MVP favorite, is 6-0 at home in the postseason.

The Saints have won three in a row straight up at home from the Rams.

New Orleans is a 3.5-point favorite and the home team has covered in the last seven games between these two teams.

The Saints also own the second-best rushing defense (80.2 yards per game and 3.6 yards per carry) in the NFL, which should neutralize L.A.’s 1-2 punch of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson.

Yes, the Rams peaked too soon. Bet the Saints.

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