Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Predictions

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Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Predictions

This game shapes up to be one of the more interesting ones on the docket as the two NFC West rivals clash. The Seattle Seahawks have an offense that can score points on anyone but a defense that can’t seem to keep opponents out of the end zone. The Los Angeles Rams have lost some games in very different ways as their offense has been inconsistent and defense stiff. When in doubt, you take the team with the better offense and that’s Seattle this week.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams Betting Odds

Seattle is known for its offense, which leads the league in points scored and passing yards while ranking third in total yards. It isn’t a question of whether the Seahawks will score touchdowns but how many they will score. Russell Wilson has thrown for a league-high 28 touchdowns and spread the ball around to his many different receivers. That isn’t the question, though, that plagues the Seahawks this year, it’s the defense. Seattle was torn apart defensively by the Bills last week, having to send blitzes just to slow down Josh Allen and the Buffalo offense. Still, the Bills are the second opponent in the last three weeks to score at least 37 points on the Seahawks with a banged-up 49ers group scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter to put up 27 for the game. Seattle hasn’t been able to slow down many passing attacks and that is something that will cost it as it battles for playoff seeding over the last half of the season.

Los Angeles’ strength is in its defense, which only adds intrigue to this matchup with Seattle. The Rams rank second in both yards allowed and points allowed per game this season as they face this juggernaut of an offense. However, the stats are a bit misleading from the yardage perspective because the Rams have benefitted from playing a horrible Washington offense and mediocre Bears attack. They also allowed just 145 yards to Miami two weeks ago because the Rams had four turnovers, and allowed a defensive and special teams score in the loss. The best offense Los Angeles has faced in the last four games is San Francisco’s before all the injuries, and the 49ers scored 24 points and racked up nearly 400 yards of offense, including 268 through the air. The Seahawks will attack that Rams’ secondary and keep forcing them to make plays, something that is tough to do given the amount of talent on the Seattle roster.

The over/under is set at 55.5 points and that just seems like an insult from the NFL betting sites in New Jersey. Seattle has scored at least 30 points in seven of its eight games and we all know its defense is having a crisis of confidence right now. The Rams have shut down two mediocre offenses in its last two games, but we’ve seen great offenses be able to pick apart the defenses with ease. I have no doubt that Seattle will hit the over 27.5 points at -106 odds for its individual over/under, it’s the other side that worries me. The Rams have two talented receivers who can take advantage of this Seahawks secondary, and an offensive line that can handle the blitz. So I expect Los Angeles to also hit the over on its 27.5-point over/under, which gives me the confidence to pick the over 60.5 total points at +170 odds in this game.

Seahawks to win

This entire game boils down to the best passing offense in the NFL facing off against the second-best passing defense in the league. Given Wilson’s turnover issues last week, I expect the Rams will be able to force a few takeaways, yet that didn’t stop the Seahawks from scoring 34 points last week. The Rams’ best chances in this game ride on the arm of Jared Goff, which is not something that has went well this season. Goff has thrown at least one pick in five of the eight games he’s played and he hasn’t had to throw more than two touchdowns in a game since Week 2. Los Angeles’ run-first approach would work to limit Seattle’s possessions, but the Seahawks rank fourth in rushing defense in the league, which is problematic. The New Jersey online sports betting sites have listed the Rams as two-point favorites, but I’m taking the Seahawks laying 3.5 points for +155 odds because of their offensive prowess.

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