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    In an oddity, the odds are against the Rams this weekend.

    For just the second time since early in the 1999 season -- when the Rams began their run in which they have been to the Super Bowl twice and in the playoffs four times in five years -- they're an underdog at home.

    New England was made a 2 1/2-point favorite over the Rams when the point spreads for this weekend's NFL games were set Sunday night in Las Vegas, and the line hasn't wavered this week. Kickoff is 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

    On the Vegas money line (where bettors merely pick the winner of the game with no point spread involved), New England also is the favorite as a risk of $13 is required to reap a $10 profit on the Patriots. Conversely, a successful $10 wager on the Rams would return an $11 profit.

    Since early October 1999, when the Rams' run began gathering steam, they have played 46 home games (including playoffs) and have been favored in 44 of them, with one being rated a toss-up -- the final game of their disappointing 2002 season, in which they beat San Francisco 31-20 to finish at 7-9.

    The only time they were a home underdog in that stretch was Oct. 13, 2002, when they were 0-5 heading into a contest vs. Oakland. That ended a run of 28 consecutive home games in which they were favored. But they won 28-13, as an eight-point underdog, in Marc Bulger's first NFL start.

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    Re: That's odd: Rams aren't favored

    what is even more interesting is that as of this morning, despite the fact that the pats announced that ty law wont play, the line has not moved.

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