A key showdown in the NFC West opens the betting week when the Los Angeles Rams visit the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday Night Football. The Rams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a loss to division foe Arizona last week while the Seahawks secured a big road win against the Niners.
Every team in the division is at .500 or better with the Cards holding down the top as the NFC’s only unbeaten. It’s still early, but neither team wants to fall further off the pace. The Rams have won three of the last four meetings, including a wild card playoff win last season behind their backup quarterback.
The Week 5 Thursday Night Football game between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks will take place at Lumen Field in Seattle at 8:20 p.m. ET on October 7 and will be televised on FOX and NFL Network.
Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks Odds
Los Angeles Rams -2 | Seattle Seahawks +2 [BET NOW]
Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks Odds
Los Angeles Rams -135 | Seattle Seahawks +115 [BET NOW]
Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks Over/Under
Over/Under 54 [BET NOW]
The Rams hit the board as a 1-point road favorite with the spread quickly wagered down to a pick em following Sunday’s results. LA was one of the hottest teams until getting smoked at home by the Cardinals 37-20 as a 3.5-point favorite falling to 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS. Seattle didn’t look very good on offense against the Niners, but they won the game outright 28-21 as a 2.5-point road dog.
The NFC West figures to be one of the most competitive all season and that’s been the case so for making games within the division even more important. The Rams have won three of the last four meetings and they are 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS in the last eight encounters. The total hit the board at 54, which would be the second-highest in the last 20 meetings.
Los Angeles Rams
Playing on Thursday could actually be a good thing for the Rams, who would like to rid themselves of the stink from their loss to the Cardinals. It wasn’t so much that they lost since the Cards are a strong group, but rather how they lost. The defense, which was tops in yards and points allowed last season, hasn’t lived up to the billing so far in 2021. The Rams had no answers on Sunday allowing 216 rushing yards and 465 total yards to the Cardinals.
The unit was bamboozled by Kyler Murray, who threw for 268 yards and a pair of scores with 39 yards on the ground. While the Rams have been able to contain Russell Wilson in previous outings, this doesn’t look good since his skill set is similar to that of Murray. Over the last two weeks the defense has yielded 911 yards and 61 points, so there is work to be done.
Shane Stafford couldn’t bail out his mates this time. In the first poor performance of his Rams career, Stafford was 26 of 41 for 280 yards and two touchdowns. His first quarter inception turned into a Cards touchdown and both Rams turnovers were costly. LA failed to register a takeaway and the defense surrendered eight plays of more than 15 yards.
After a couple of tough losses the Seahawks bounced back in a big way taking down division rival San Francisco, 28-21, on Sunday. It wasn’t the prettiest game, but it showed us why every team has to play the entire 60 minutes. And with Wilson running the show, it isn’t over until it’s over. Wilson was spectacular when he had to be and the Seahawks took advantage of a few San Francisco miscues to avoid a three-game losing streak, something that’s never happened in a season with Wilson at the helm.
The offense was about as bad as it could be to start the game. Seattle went three-and-out on its first five possessions, but trailed only 7-0 thanks to a takeaway and a few defensive stops. Wilson threw for just 149 yards but he connected on a pair of scoring passes and had a nifty 16-yard scramble for a score as the Seahawks scored 21 unanswered to take the lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
There are still some questions on the defensive side that the Rams will look to exploit. Despite their depleted group of running backs the Niners rushed for 143 yards and amassed 457 total yards. Seattle negated the discrepancy in yards by holding SF to 2 of 14 on third downs and winning the turnover battle 2-0. Seattle has now gone three straight games without a turnover.
Rams at Seahawks Prediction
The Rams have had plenty of success against the Seahawks recently and even won a number of games during their final years in St. Louis when they weren’t as good as they are now.
You can’t underestimate the power of Wilson to lead his team, but the Rams have their own gunslinger in Stafford and I expect LA to make adjustments defensively to perform better than they have. The Rams are 4-0 on the OVER this season and that trend continues against a Seattle defense that has weaknesses.
Our Prediction: Los Angeles Rams -2 and OVER 54
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