Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams
The Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams face off on Monday Night Football. The Seahawks are -10 point favorites over the Rams with an over/under point total set at 37.
The Seattle Seahawks aren’t a playoff team this year but they have done a lot right and Pete Carroll’s team is just a few pieces of the puzzle away from being a contender. Seattle has won three of their last four games including a win in St. Louis over the same Rams’ team they face in this one. Tarvaris Jackson has completed 60.2 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while he has been sacked 31 times. Marshawn Lynch is averaging 4.2 yards per carry for 854 yards and eight touchdowns. Doug Baldwin has 38 catches, Ben Obamanu has 30 catches, and Golden Tate has 20 catches. Defensively the Seahawks have 22 sacks, 11 fumble recoveries, and 16 interceptions and they have a plus four turnover ratio while they allow 339.7 yards and 20.5 points per game. Earl Thomas has 79 tackles, Leroy Hill has 75 catches, and Chris Clemons has eight sacks. The Seattle Seahawks are on my short list of teams to watch out for next season.
The St. Louis Rams are having another rough season and while likely they won’t be drafting first overall they should be drafting high enough that there could be another shakeup in the coaching staff or front office. The Rams have 11 players that are lost for the season and another seven who are injured going into this game. Sam Bradford has completed 54.6 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and five interceptions. Steven Jackson is averaging 4.6 yards per carry for 832 yards and four touchdowns as once again he is the offensive bright spot for St. Louis. Brandon Gibson has 34 catches and Brandon Lloyd has 32 catches and four touchdowns though he only joined the team at the trade deadline. St. Louis has 33 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries, and 10 interceptions and they have a minus five turnover ratio while they allow 366.2 yards and 24.7 points per game. James Laurinaitis has 102 tackles, Quintin Mikell has 64 tackles and two interceptions, and Chris Long has 12 sacks. The Rams’ defense spends a lot of time on the field with their backs up against the endzone.
Seattle is 4-1-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall, and 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 against the NFC West. St. Louis is 2-7 against the spread following a loss, 3-13 against the spread in their last 16 games overall, 1-10 against the spread in their last 11 against the NFC. Seattle has covered in eight of the last nine meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 37 and these defenses haven’t shown me anything to make me believe it stays under that number so my play will be on the over.