Rams face dreaded ‘bubble burst’
The Los Angeles Rams’ initial loss of the season at New Orleans last weekend might be more troubling on the surface than it appears. Not only did it end a seven-game road winning streak for L.A., it set up a tricky scheduling spot this week. That’s because NFL teams that have started the season with an eight-game winning streak tend to suffer from a dreaded “bubble burst” in games immediately after their first defeat.
According to our database, since 1998, teams in this role are 6-7 SU (straight up) and 5-8 ATS (against the spread) in games immediately after their first loss of the season, including 2-6 SU and 0-8 ATS if they scored more than 14 points in the defeat.
Making matters worse, Los Angeles will host 4-4 division rival Seattle. The Seahawks have given the Rams fits in the past in games in which Seattle does not sport a winning record, going 13-4 SU and 15-2 ATS dating to 1991. Beware of the “bubble burst.”
Stat of the week
The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-1-1 SU and 10-0 ATS as home underdogs against NFC opponents.
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