Seahawks Will Not Put Another Scare Into Now-Beaten Rams

Monday, November 5, 2018 5:42 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 5:42 PM UTC

The Los Angeles Rams were the last team to lose in the 2018 season but they are double-digit favorites to rebounds with a victory Sunday vs. NFC West rival Seattle.

<p style="text-align:right;"><em><strong>Matt’s 2018 Individual Game Record: 6-5 (ATS &amp; O/U)</strong></em></p><h2 style="text-align:center;"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Seattle (4-4 SU, 4-3-1 ATS) at LA Rams (8-1 SU, 4-5 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Free NFL Pick: Rams ATS (at under -10)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=JustBet" rel="nofollow">JustBet</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3452803, "sportsbooksIds":[1275,19,118,238,999993], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Do members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins still get together and have a toast when the last unbeaten team in the NFL loses each year? Of course, that’s the only club to make it through the Super Bowl without a loss. I’m not sure how many of those dudes are still alive, but break out the bubbly, fellas, because there will be no unbeaten team in 2018.</p><p>The Los Angeles Rams got halfway there before losing an incredibly entertaining 45-35 shootout in New Orleans on Sunday in what may well be an NFC Championship Game preview – the Saints now hold a potentially crucial tiebreaker over the Rams. Although, New Orleans has a much tougher schedule the rest of the way, so we still expect L.A. to finish with the NFC’s best record and top seed.</p><p>If the Rams do have one fault it’s on defense, especially the secondary – and especially Marcus Peters. That group was torched for 487 yards by the Saints, including 12 catches for 211 yards and a game-breaking score from Michael Thomas. The Rams really need cornerback Aqib Talib back. He hasn’t played since Sept. 23 vs. the Chargers and is on IR so he can’t return until Week 13.</p><p>Los Angeles could all but <a href="" rel="nofollow">clinch the NFC West title with a victory here</a>. It is three games up on Seattle and won the first matchup, 33-31 in Week 5. That was a terrific game as well, with Todd Gurley rushing for three scores and Jared Goff passing for 321 and a score. Late in the fourth quarter, the Rams had fourth-and-1 at the Seattle 42. L.A. coach Sean McVay originally decided to punt, but after the Seahawks called time out beforehand, changed his mind and went for it. Goff snuck for two yards and the game was over. Not often you win committing two more turnovers than an opponent, especially on the road, but the Rams had two giveaways and no takeaways.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Came up just short.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Recapping &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#LAvsNO&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;November 5, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Seahawks Just Short vs. Other L.A. Team</h2><p>At 4-4, Seattle is better than most likely thought they would be, but they’ve also been a bit unlucky with all four losses by just one score. That was the case Sunday as the Seahawks lost in excruciating fashion to the visiting Los Angeles Chargers, 25-17.</p><p>It was nearly an amazing comeback. Down 25-10, Russell Wilson hit Nick Vannett on a 6-yard TD pass with 1:50 left to make it 25-17. The Seahawks got the ball back and drove down the field, earning a pass interference call in the end zone on fourth-and-2 from the Chargers 20 with no time left.</p><p>On first-and-goal from the 1 on an untimed down, Seattle's J.R. Sweezy was called for false start to back up Seattle to the 6. Then, Wilson’s pass for David Moore in the back of the end zone was deflected and Moore couldn’t quite corral it. Game over. No. 1 Hawks running back Chris Carson left in the second quarter with a thigh injury so monitor his status. The Seahawks still rushed for 154 yards. Wilson threw only the third pick-six of his career.</p><ul> <li>Home team is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings.</li> <li>Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.</li> <li>Seahawks are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games in November.</li></ul><p>If this weren’t a division game, I’d worry about a trap for L.A. off its first loss and ahead of mega-showdown vs. Kansas City in Week 11. But L.A. won't have that concern against a rival and back home. Rams likely win by 10, so shop around or by that spread down to -9.5 for an <a href="" rel="nofollow">NFL pick. </a></p>
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