St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
Two teams that appear to already be out of the playoff race in the NFC West meet as the St. Louis Rams host the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams are -1 point favorites over the Seahawks with an over/under point total set at 37.
The St. Louis Rams are no longer the worst team in the NFL and while they are progressing it is clear they have a lot of holes to fill and some work to do to be competitive on a weekly basis. QB Sam Bradford has all of the physical tools and he is a work in progress but more than anything he needs help as far as talent and for the season he has completed 55.3 percent of his passes for just four touchdowns and four interceptions. Steven Jackson is still the workhorse in the Rams’ backfield averaging 5.1 yards per carry for 707 yards and four touchdowns. Brandon Gibson has 24 catches, Brandon Lloyd has 21, and Danario Alexander has 16 in passing game that is clearly struggling. The Rams’ defense allows 371.3 yards per game and 24.8 points with 22 sacks, eight fumble recoveries, and six interceptions. James Laurinaitis has 71 tackles, Chris Long has eight sacks, and Quintin Mikell has 50 tackles and two fumble recoveries. The Rams expected there would be stumbles along the way to becoming a quality team but it’s tough to expect such a big step backwards for a season ago.
The Seattle Seahawks were a playoff team a year ago and a team that won a playoff game; this year that more than likely isn’t going to happen. While Pete Carroll’s team shows from time to time they can compete with anyone in the NFL, most of the time they are showing why they are a three win football team. QB Tarvarius Jackson has completed 60.6 percent of his passes but he has just six touchdowns compared to his nine interceptions. Marshawn Lynch has been unable to build off of last year’s playoff performance as he’s averaging 3.9 yards per carry for 507 yards and five touchdowns. Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice each have 29 catches to lead Seattle and Ben Obamanu has 24 in what has been an uninspired Seahawks passing game. The Seattle defense allows 349.4 yards per game and 22.4 points and they have just 14 sacks, eight fumble recoveries, and nine interceptions. Earl Thomas leads the Seahawks with 63 tackles, Chris Clemons has five sacks, and Kam Chancellor has 55 tackles and three interceptions. It seems that Pete Carroll is doing something right but he has yet to put a consistent product on the field.
St. Louis is 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games as a favorite, and 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games overall. Seattle is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games as an underdog, 7-3 against the spread against the NFC West, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four games against NFC teams. Seattle has covered in seven of the last eight meetings of these two.
This is a lousy game between two teams headed nowhere and when two bad teams are put on the same field creates situations that are tough to predict because of the lack of anything consistent. Seattle is a slightly better team but with the Rams being home and with Bradford healthy again I give them the nod here.
St. Louis Rams -1 Seattle Seahawks