Expert Final Thoughts - How To Bet Rams vs. Seahawks

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Kevin Stott

Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:29 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 1:29 PM GMT

The Seahawks haven't been great on the road but at home is another story. On TNF they welcome the offensively challenged Rams team for an NFC west date. With the point spread huge, to begin with, and rising 2 points already, is it still wise to back the Seahawks?

Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks

The NFC west-leading Seattle Seahawks (8-4 SU, 7-6 ATS, 274 PS-232 PA) welcome their mini-nemesis, the Los Angeles Rams (4-9 SU, 4-8-1 ATS, 194 PS-304 PA), to CenturyLink Field in Seattle (Partly Cloudy, Wind Chill 12°) on Thursday night in the week 15 lid-lifter. NFL odds have the Seahawks huge 15-point favorites with the total at 38½ everywhere Tuesday morning in this NFC West matchup.

The money line odds see Seattle -911 chalks with Kansas City +661 with the First Half odds at Seahawks -9 and the First Half Total at 19½. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened up the Seahawks 12½-point chalks in its NFL Week 15 Advanced Line while in its 2016 Games of the Year, the SuperBook had Seattle 8½-point favorites. For this game which will also be live-streamed on Twitter. “They’re (the Rams) walking into a buzzsaw Thursday,” said Pauly Howard on Pregame.com’s FIRST PREVIEW Tuesday.

 

TNF, Series, Side, and Totals Trends

Thursday Night Football Trends reveal Seattle 5-3 SU and 6-2 ATS on Thursday nights—a perfect 6-0 ATS L6—2-1 ATS at home and 3-1 ATS as a favorite while Los Angeles is 3-5 SU, 2-6 ATS, 0-2 ATS away and 1-3 ATS as underdog so the TNF Trends back the hosts.

The Rams (7-1-1 ATS L9 After Double-Digit Loss) have been surprisingly good in this series of late going 4-1 ATS L5 but LA is 2-7-1 ATS L9 overall in the series, 5-16-1 L22 on FieldTurf, 4-10-1 L15 week 15 games, 0-4-1 L5 vs. the NFC and 7-12-1 ATS L20 overall. Stink, stank, stunk. The Seahawks are 4-0 ATS L4 following a Loss, 19-7 ATS Following a Loss, 45-22-2 L69 on FieldTurf and 18-7-1 ATS L26 December.

The Under is 7-2 the L9 in this NFC West matchup, 4-0 the L4 meetings in this series in Seattle and 9-0 L9 Rams games after allowing 30+ points.

 

Final Thoughts: Rams, Jared Goff Should Get Crushed Here

LA fired HC Jeff Fisher—the Rams ranked #31 in TDs scored (137) in his 4+ seasons—so special teams coordinator John Fassel takes over in an interim role. And rightfully so as this team looked bad in week 14, getting blasted at home by Atlanta, 42-14 (ATL -4½, 43½). When these two met in week 2, the Rams won 9-3, but the reality here is Seattle’s a different beast at home (Only NFL Unbeaten, 6-0) and the Seahawks will want to rebound badly after an embarrassing road performance in Green Bay in which Russell Wilson had 5 Interceptions.

The matchup between the Seattle defense (17.8 ppg #3 NFL) and the Rams offense (14.9 ppg, #32 NFL) should result in an easy Seahawks ATS cover—even at the big number—and possibly an over.

 

Predicted Final Score: Seahawks 36 Rams 10Free NFL Pick: Seahawks -16Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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