By Bill Williamson | | 4 mins
Does Jalen Ramsey Trade Boost Rams Super Bowl 2020 Odds?
It’s crystal clear that the Los Angeles Rams believe Jalen Ramsey will be a difference maker now and in the future. But will the oddsmakers agree as far as the rest of the 2019 season is concerned?
The Rams are suddenly one of the NFL’s most perplexing and most concerning teams. Los Angeles, which presented the NFC in the Super Bowl last season, opened this season 3-0 and had the look of a team ready to make another Super Bowl run and try to erase the memory of their 16-3 loss to the New England Patriots. Yet, the Rams are suffering a delayed Super Bowl-loser hangover.
?TRADE OFFICIAL ?— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 16, 2019
We have traded Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a 2020 1st-round pick, a 2021 1st-round pick and a 2021 4th-round pick. pic.twitter.com/U9jIkGUNUY
Rams' Recent Struggles Forces Trade
The Rams have lost three consecutive games. There’s reason for concern.
Running back Todd Gurley is injured. The offensive line is struggling. Both of those issues have made it tough on quarterback Jared Goff, who is not playing at the level he did in his first two seasons under Rams’ head coach Sean McVay. Also, the Rams aren’t as daunting on defense this season along with injuries on that side of the ball.
So, at the moment, their 2019 chances look murky at best. Yet, on Tuesday, Los Angeles made two moves designed to help this season and beyond.
Yes, the price is steep, but the Rams are optimistic both picks are late first-rounders and they hope Ramsey can be a difference maker. He is an All-Pro cornerback at the age of 24.
He can be a game changer for the Rams, who also traded Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for a young linebacker, Kenny Young and a mid-round draft pick, Tuesday.
And so in 24 hours, Rams trade for Jalen Ramsey, trade away Marcus Peters and place Aqib Talib on IR.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2019
The Rams also put cornerback Aqib Talib on the injured reserve. Still, they likely wouldn’t have made the deal for Ramsey now if they didn’t think he can help them. He is a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ scheme. There have been too many busted coverages in the Rams’ secondary this season. Ramsey should help solve that issue. Will it change what oddsmakers think? So far, not really.
Sportsbooks React On Ramsey Deal
The Rams are +1800 to win the Super Bowl with sportsbook 888sport.
The Rams still trail the 5-0 San Francisco 49ers and the 5- 1 Seattle Seahawks (who have a Week 5 win over the Rams) in the NFC West. The 49ers are priced at +1100 to win the Super Bowl, while the Seahawks are priced at +1800 along with the Rams. Prior to the season, the Rams had among the lowest Super Bowl odds, at +800.
The Rams opened as a three-point favorite on the road against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 7 with a total of 54. Those prices are currently holding with the Rams planning to debut Ramsey in the game.
It’s not surprising Ramsey hasn’t had an instant effect on the betting line. Oddsmakers will want to see how he impacts the defense. First, they will also want to see if the Rams’ offense can get healthy and better. Most importantly, the oddsmakers will want to see if the Rams can hang with the 49ers and Seahawks before significantly shortening the odds of the now Ramsey-led Rams.
As for the Jaguars, don’t expect the loss of Ramsey to raise their odds. The Jaguars, who are 2-4 and two games behind the Houston Texans in the AFC South, are 1-2 without Ramsey while his future was sorted out the last three weeks.
Jacksonville is priced at +10000 to win the Super Bowl. Jacksonville is a 3.5-point favorite at the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7.