Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Bobby Wallace. Charliessports.com produces it for NFL news and notes.
By all accounts the 2015 St.Louis Rams should be a very good football team. The St.Louis roster is full of high draft picks. Head Coach Jeff Fisher has made it a priority to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. The defensive line is further along than the O-line. The Rams used their first seven draft choices this season to upgrade the offense. Four of the seven were used to to upgrade the offensive line. Frustrated is the word used in the “EAST BAY” when it comes to the Oakland Raiders. New head coach Jack Del Rio is in charge of restoring a winning tradition to the once powerful franchise. Oakland General Manager Reggie McKenzie has to make a significant improvement this season, or he will be out of a job. The Raiders have not had a winning season or playoff birth in early a decade. The game will be played at ancient Oakland County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The St.Louis Rams are listed as a one-point Road Favorite Against The Spread. The Betting odds total is 36-points For Friday’s game.
The St.Louis Rams will turn the corner in 2015. Fisher enters his fourth season on the sidelines and the time is now for the Rams. Rookie first-round draft choice running back Todd Gurley is coming off of an ACL injury. The Rams were so impressed with the former Georgia Bulldog; they still chose him tenth overall. Former number-one overall pick and quarterback Sam Bradford was traded in the offseason to Philadelphia for Nick Foles. 2015 third round draft choice Sean Mannion fits the Rams offense like a glove, look for the former Oregon State signal caller to compete with Foles. Running backs Trey Mason, and Isaiah Pead will carry the load in the backfield until Gurley gets cleared to play. Pead has been a bust since coming out of the University of Cincinnati, but the organization is giving him another chance. 2013 first round draft pick Tavon Austin looks to impress at wide receiver. Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Chris Givens and Steadman Bailey will contribute. Tight Ends Lance Kendricks and Jared Cook must step up their play in 2015. Tackle Greg Robinson anchors the offensive line. The strength of the St.Louis defense is the defensive line. Free Agent Nick Fairley will rotate with former first rounders Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers at tackle. Defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long are two of the best in the NFL. Linebackers Jo-Lonn Dunbar, Alec Ogletree and James Laurinaitis can all make plays against the run or in the passing game. Safety Mark Barron comes over from Tampa Bay, where he was a bust. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins has All-Pro potential.
Sports Fans in the “BAY AREA” have an NBA Championship and an MLB Title, all within the last calendar year. The 2015 Oakland Raiders won’t match those feats, but the can be competitive. The Raiders drafted the best football player available in the 2015 NFL draft. Wide Receiver Amri Cooper is as good as advertised and will save the career second-year quarterback, Derek Carr. Third round draft choice Clive Walford could turn out to be a longtime starter at tight end. The Raiders lost running back Darren McFadden to free agency, former Alabama Crimson Tide star Trent Richardson gets another chance with the Raiders. Richardson is playing for his third team in four years; he’s been a bust so far. Former 49ers star wideout Michael Crabtree is now playing across the Bay Bridge and will play on the opposite side of Cooper. Offensive Guard Khalif Barnes and Donald Penn are mainstays on the O-line. 2014 first round draft choice Khalil Mack will see some time at defensive end, Justin Tuck is the leader of a suspect defensive line. Second round draft pick Mario Edwards Jr. Will see plenty of action in his rookie campaign. Former Superbowl MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith comes in from Seattle, along with Sio Moore and Curtis Lofton could be a very good unit. Former Oakland first-round surprise draft choice D. J. Hayden is in a put up or shut up year.