The Seattle Seahawks have won five straight and eight of nine and now lead the NFC West. That’s important because it inserts them as the second seed in the NFC standings and pushes the San Francisco 49ers down to the No. 5 seed. On Sunday, they’ll visit the Los Angeles Rams, who regained their confidence with a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals last week. Jared Goff looked like the Pro Bowler of old, collecting 424 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Was the Rams win just a mirage against a bad team, or have they actually sorted a few things out? We’ll find out on Sunday Night Football when they host the Seahawks?
- Opening Line: Seahawks -3
- Current Line: Rams -1
- Over/Under: 46.5
- Location: LA Memorial Coliseum, Oakland, California
- Start Time: 8:20 PM ET
- Last Meeting: Seattle 30 vs. Rams 29
After turning away the Minnesota Vikings 37-30 on Monday Night Football, the Seahawks are on fire right now. They’ve won five in a row with wins coming against the San Francisco 49ers (on the road), Philadelphia Eagles (on the road), and the Vikings. Those are three good-to-great teams and now they’ll face a Rams’ squad that’s had trouble with quality opponents. Sure, Goff got right against the worst passing defense in the NFL – the only one that gives up more than 300 passing yards per game – but the Seahawks’ unit is much better. The Seahawks rank fourth in pass defense and are allowing opposing quarterbacks to compile an 85.8 passer rating (seventh-best).
The Seahawks were able to run the ball in the first meeting and that will be the key here. They had 167 yards on the ground with Chris Carson contributing 118 of it. Their ground game is one a roll right now as they’ve averaged 171 rushing yards per game over their last four contests. If they get close to that number, they probably aren’t losing.
As for the Rams, we’ll have to see what they learned from last week. Sure, Goff went off against the league’s worst pass defense, but he had no touchdowns with five interceptions in the previous three games. Todd Gurley still looks just OK, and if the Rams have to put this game on Goff’s shoulders behind a shaky offensive line, it spells trouble. The good news is that the defense has played well since they acquired Jalen Ramsey. They did give up 45 points to the Baltimore Ravens but have allowed just 51 points total in the other five games.
- The Rams are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game
- The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC West
- The Seahawks are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog of 0.5-3.0
- The Seahawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Money has been on the Rams in this game, which is a bit surprising. On the other hand, the Seahawks are on the road here in a short week, and the Rams did look better last week. We also know the Seahawks always seem to play close, entertaining games as they rarely blow anyone out.
The line move suggests that the experts believe the Rams have a better chance than I’m envisioning, so maybe it’s best I stay away from the side. With the Rams’ defense playing so well, I’d expect a low-scoring game here, which has me thinking an under makes sense.
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- Washington at Green Bay Packers (-13)
- Detriot Lions at Minnesota Vikings (-12.5)
- San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints (-2.5)
- Denver Broncos at Houston Texans (-9)
- Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-7)
- Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills (+6)
- Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)
- Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5)
- Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-5)
- Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars (+3)
- Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders (+3)
- Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals (+2.5)
- Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (-3)
- New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-9)