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Rams climb in Super Bowl, NFC title odds with Matthew Stafford trade

The Rams are pushing their chips to the center of the table with the Matthew Stafford trade. Their new Super Bowl odds at DraftKings Sportsbook reflect that.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks down field to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at Ford Field on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Rams made an aggressive move to open their offseason on Saturday night, closing out a trade for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. The deal cannot become official — or even formally announced — until the new league year starts in March, but it’s effectively done. The Rams traded Jared Goff, two first round picks, and a third round pick to the Lions for Stafford.

There had been a report of mutual interest for Stafford and the Rams, and that appeared to drive this thing. Josina Anderson reported Washington made a better offer, but Stafford and the Rams wanted each other. Although the Lions got a pair of firsts, the Rams do not have a 2021 first so this likely means they dealt 2022 and 2023 firsts. Additionally, Goff is no sure thing and carries a sizable contract. It’s only guaranteed through the coming 2021 season, so it’s not the end of the world — but it’s still money to take on.

The Lions begin their rebuilding process, while the Rams are pushing all their chips to the center of the table. They have a solid base, and Stafford represents an upgrade from Goff in the short term. Prior to the trade, the Rams opened at DraftKings Sportsbook with +2200 odds to win Super Bowl 56 in 2022. That was tied with the Browns for ninth best. Following the trade, LA has improved to +1100, which is tied with the Buccaneers for third best behind the Chiefs and Packers.

The Rams have also improved to +500 to win the NFC title next season. They are tied with the Bucs behind the +450 Packers. Divisional odds are not yet available, but it’s a good bet LA will top the NFC West. At the moment, the 49ers are +650 to win the NFC, the Seahawks are +1000, and the Cardinals are +2000. The division could be loaded with the 49ers getting healthier and the Cardinals attempting to take another step forward.

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