LA RAMS @ SEATTLE (LAR -1.5, 54)


RAMS vs. SEAHAWKS 10/7/21


The Rams and Seahawks meet in a crucial NFC West clash on Thursday night. The Rams are coming off a surprisingly bad loss to Arizona while Seattle averted a three-game losing streak by beating San Francisco 28-21. Thursday’s winner will keep alive the hopes of a division title and an automatic berth in the postseason. The loser will continue fighting an uphill battle to earn a wild card.
Thursday’s game likely comes down to two things – the quarterback matchup between Seattle’s Russell Wilson and LA’s Matthew Stafford and which defense will make one (or more) big stop. Wilson has been outstanding thus far this season. He averages 9.6 yards per attempt which is tops in the NFL. Wilson also has yet to throw an interception and has nine touchdown passes.
Stafford has made the Rams offense much more explosive. He averages 9.1 yards per attempt, not far behind Wilson. Stafford averages over 305 passing yards per game – he has a total of 1,222 – and has thrown 11 touchdowns in four games.
The big difference between Seattle and LA is on defense. The Rams have given up more yards and points than the past few years, but they still get after the quarterback. LA has 12 sacks in their four games. Seattle has allowed Wilson to be sacked 11 times. Only four other quarterbacks have been sacked more during the first four weeks of the season.
Then, there’s the issue of Seattle’s defense. Yes, they were better last week than in the previous two, but the Seahawks still give up an NFL-worst 444.5 yards per game. That cannot continue if Seattle wants anything to do with either a division title or a wild card berth.
In this series, the Rams have on six of the past eight games, including going 2-1 last year. The two teams met in a Wild Card Round playoff game won by the Rams, 30-20. The Rams are also 5-3 ATS in those eight games.
What is interesting is the sky-high total of 54 for this game. Sure, both teams have capable offenses, but when these teams play scoring is typically much lower. Taking out the playoff game last year, in the last three regular season games played by these teams the final score has produced 40 or fewer points. All three of those games went Under the posted total.
Also of note, the favorite is 4-0 on the moneyline in this year’s Thursday Night Football. The home team on Thursdays is 3-1 straight up. Houston was the only team to lose at home.