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Bet on the NFLThe St. Louis Rams will be looking to gorge a group of Lions in Detroit on Sunday to open the 2012 NFL season. The game in Motown's Ford Field is scheduled to start at 1:00ET. Fox TV will cover the game on a regional basis.

St. Louis (2-14 in 2011) lost their last 7 games in a row to end 2011. New head coach Jeff Fisher was brought in to turn this team around. For what it's worth, they competed in the preseason going 2-2 with Fisher playing his starters more than would normally be expected in exhibition games. QB Sam Bradford played well in the practice games and should be ready Sunday.

Detroit (10-6 in 2011) made the playoffs as a wild card entry last year and was defeated in game one by New Orleans 45-28. QB Matthew Stafford still managed to throw for 380 yards in that affair and is expected to have another good year behind center in 2012. The Lions were also 2-2 in their warm up games. RB Kevin Smith is listed as questionable for Sundays game.

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The Rams come into this game averaging just 11.8 ppg in their last 9 regular season games in 2011. They are just 1-9 ATS in their last ten, and 15-65 SU since the 2007 season. In September games where they are the underdog of more than 5 points, the Rams are just 1-10 ATS historically, an amazing statistic.

The Lions, on the other hand, scored more than 33 points on seven different occasions last year. St. Louis will have a difficult time competing.

These two teams last met in 2010, when the Lions were favored by 3 points over the Rams. In that one, Detroit won 44-6. In 2009, Detroit was favored by 4, but lost 10-17 to St. Louis.

Detroit is listed in Bet Royal's sportsbook as a 7 point home favorite at a -$110. The under/over of 45.5 total points is also available at -$110.

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