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What happened last week? That’s what Rams’ fans are asking after their team inexcusably lost 55-40 against Tampa Bay. The Rams were 3-0 with all the momentum in the world heading into that contest, but Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston had a field day while facing what seemed to be a solid Rams’ defense. Los Angeles will try to figure things out in a short week, as they’ll travel to Seattle to face another hot signal-caller in Russell Wilson.
Speaking of Wilson, he has been carrying the Seahawks with a 118.7 passer rating (second in the NFL) alongside eight touchdowns and no interceptions this season. That’s some elite efficiency, and he could have some room to thrive against a suddenly discombobulated Rams’ secondary. We can’t forget about Seattle’s ability to run the ball (setting up Wilson’s efficiency as a passer) and stop the run either. Both of these teams are 3-1 while jockeying for position in the NFC West, and it should be a fun divisional contest on Thursday night.
- Opening Lines: The spread opened at Rams -2, but now the Seahawks are favored by 1.5. The total also increased from its open at 48.
- Current Line: Seahawks -1.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook
- O/U: 49.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook
- Location: CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA
- Start Time: 7:20pm ET
- Television: FOX / NFL Network
- Last Meeting: November 11, 2018 – Rams defeated Seahawks 36-31 in Los Angeles
There’s no doubt that the Rams’ offensive line is underachieving, and they better figure things out in a hurry while facing Jadeveon Clowney and this Seattle front-seven. It is imperative that the Rams establish some semblance of a running attack to help keep pressure off quarterback Jared Goff, who threw the ball 68 times last week. The Rams are still a quality football team trying to make a push at their second-straight NFC Championship, but they need to slow down while getting back to their bread-and-butter of running the ball to set up play-action. Cleaning up turnovers and special team blunders wouldn’t hurt either.
In order for Seattle to win this game, they need to jump on the Rams early. That would back quarterback Jared Goff and company into a corner while giving them painful flashbacks to last week’s humiliating loss. Even though the Seahawks cruised to a solid 27-10 road victory over Arizona last week, we need to remember that they were in the same position as the Rams after falling 33-27 to the Saints at home in Week 3. It’s safe to say that whichever team plays a cleaner game with fewer penalties and turnovers will ultimately take the win and cover the spread.
- The Rams are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games.
- The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five against the Rams.
- The Seahawks are 11-7 to the over in home games over the past two years.
- The Rams are 7-5 to the over against the NFC West through the past two years.
Cooper Kupp OVER 79 Receiving Yards
Kupp has established himself as the most legitimate (or heavily used) receiver of the Rams’ trio that also features Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks. I’m expecting a ton of volume to keep coming towards Kupp in the intermediate and short passing game. This is due to a strong Seattle pass rush combined with the Rams’ offensive line issues. Kupp is averaging 12 targets and 97 receiving yards per contest this season, and I believe he’ll be within that range again.
The Rams have motivation on their side while looking to avenge last week’s embarrassment. However, playing on a short week at Seattle doesn’t give them much time to recover and iron out all the wrinkles. I’m looking towards under 49.5 total points as both teams will try to slow things down to seize control of this game.
Pick: UNDER 49.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook