The Los Angeles Rams travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts on Sunday, but are they caught in a trap?
We saw a similar situation with the Ravens vs Raiders last week, and we’re confident of lightning striking twice.
Las Vegas NFL odds have the Rams as -3½ favorites to win on the road.
Rams Looking Ahead to Buccaneers
We wouldn’t blame the Los Angeles Rams for looking ahead to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.
They are the Super Bowl champions and every team likes to test themselves against the best, but there is business to attend to against the Colts.
The Rams are playing on the road against a team desperate for success, so the situation doesn’t bode well for LA.
🗣 Break us down, QB!
Inside the locker room after the first W in front of our fans! pic.twitter.com/b1xpJTilqv
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 13, 2021
The Rams might be the better team but it’s a common situation in the NFL. The trap game can be hard to predict, but we have identified value in betting lines.
Despite beating Chicago 34-14 last week, the Rams are only 3½ favorites to beat the Colts, who suffered a 28-16 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at home.
The sportsbook lines don’t quite match up to those results, so the bookmakers are aware of the situation the Rams are in.
They will be focused on facing Tom Brady and the Buccaneers next week, so they might not be fully prepared for what the Colts have to offer.
Colts Are Capable
They might be the home underdog, but the Colts are good enough to beat the visiting Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Week 1 loss to the Seahawks is forgivable, and it always takes Carson Wentz a week to find his rhythm. He went 25-38 for two touchdowns, so he played well enough to keep the Colts in the hunt.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 12, 2021
Indianapolis is desperate to avoid going 0-2 to start the 2021 season. Losing both games at home would make matters worse, so there is much more motivation to win this game than the Rams.
We liked the aggressiveness on fourth down last week, and playing that type of football will pay off eventually.
“I wouldn’t call it second-guessing,” coach Frank Reich told ESPN. “If you don’t get something done, if you don’t get it done, it’s never good enough. So, you can always do better. So when we don’t convert, you’ve got to look at everything and you start by looking at yourself.”
NFL picks against the spread is where bettors can find value. The Colts at +3½ underdogs with the help of home ground advantage, and they’re playing a team in a clear look-ahead spot.
There is value with the Colts in this situation, and we’re happy to take the points in what should be a close game.
This game isn’t about which team is better; it’s all circumstantial. The Rams are looking ahead to facing the Buccaneers and the Colts can get a jump on them.
Our NFL predictions expect Carton Wentz and the Colts to be much improved in Week Two, so we’re happy to take the moneyline and points spread value.
The Trap Game of the Week can be hard to identify, but this is a situation where backing the home dog will be profitable in the long run.