NFL Betting Lines Vikings at Rams Preseason Week 1 Odds

August 14th, 2010 by

minnesota vikingsNFL betting lines are likely to see some additional traffic on Saturday when the St. Louis Rams host Minnesota in the preseason sports betting debut of Sam Bradford.

Bradford was the number one overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the 2008 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Oklahoma and missed last year due to an injury in the Sooners opening game against BYU. Bradford is being touted as the savior of the Rams and will be given every opportunity to bypass AJ Feeley on the depth chart.

Bradford was delayed by a couple of days for training camp as his contract had to be ironed out but he has been impressive since practicing with the team.

In a scrimmage last week Bradford threw for 7-9 and 94 yards with a touch down in front of an overflow crowd of victory starved Rams fans at a local college.

Bradford has give the Rams a much needed shot in the arm as they were 1-15 last year and have had three consecutive seasons of less than 4 wins. The Rams have lost a lot of credibility and support in St. Louis as they have been going through a change in ownership and it is hoped that Bradford can be the man to turn around the city’s attitude towards the franchise that is hoping for a new stadium.

Sportsbook opened with the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams as a pick’em game with a total of 31.5.

“His command in the huddle was really good,” said second year head coach Steve Spagnuolo. “He’s got a strong voice, which I know sounds like a little thing, but out there in the midst of all this he’s got our control.”

“He was zipping the ball around pretty good,” added Spagnuolo about Bradford’s scrimmage performance.

Bradford came off as a seasoned pro after the scrimmage as he refused to get too excited about the proceedings.

“It’s kind of hard to tell right after the scrimmage,” said Bradford. “There were some good things and some bad things.”

The Vikings meanwhile were going through the now annual summer ritual of the Brett Favre will he or won’t he soap opera drama. That means that Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will see the majority of playing time against the Rams. The Vikings are a Super Bowl contender and not likely to want to risk key players to injury, which may give the Rams a bit of an edge as they try and build their confidence for the regular season.

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