Friday, August 21, 2009

Rams-Falcons Betting Line and NFL Handicapping Picks Info

It's the St. Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons. The Dirty Birds are laying 2.5 at BetUs Sportsbook  and 3 at Sports Betting Sportsbook with a total of 36. 

Rams starting QB Marc Bulger is out. Journeyman Kyle Boller gets the start. They will again be minus their best WR Donnie Avery. Fellow wideouts Tim Carter and Brooks Foster are also out leaving St. Louis with just seven wide receivers.

However starting FB Mike Karney returns after missing the opener. He will be the lead blocker for Steven Jackson.

Alex Barron is out at RT for the Lambs, so No. 2 overall picks Jason Smith gets the start. His play has improved throughout camp.

Out for Atlanta: CB Chris Houston, LB Edmond Miles, S William Moore, and DT Jason Jefferson. Atlanta will likely test several young players against the Rams starters. DE Chauncey Davis and DT Trey Lewis will start but head coach Mike Smith said he will rotate players at those positions.

Other young Falcons who will get into the game early include CB Christopher Owens, DE Lawrence Sidbury, and DT Vance Walker.

RB Thomas Brown, who saw a lot of time as kick returner to Detroit, is a game time decision.

Smith did indicate that the QB rotation after Matt Ryan will be different than last week, but he did not specify. As point of reference, against Detroit it was Chris Redman, D.J. Shockley, and John Parker Wilson.

St. Louis starters will play the first half.

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