Monday Night Football Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams

Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams
Monday, 10/28/13, 8:40 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Seattle -10
Current Betting Line:  Seattle -10.5
Opening Total:  43.5
Current Total:  42.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Seattle Seahawks are 12-7 ATS as favorites since 2011
The Seattle Seahawks are 12-7 ATS as favorites since 2011

Seattle has won back-to-back games, including a 34-22 victory over the Arizona Cardinals as 4.5-point road favorites last Thursday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Seahawks have won 15 of their last 17 games against the Rams, which is hard to ignored when looking over the NFL betting lines in Week 8.  It’s important to point out that this franchise hasn’t won four games away from the Pacific Northwest since 2006.  Seattle is 14-5 SU and 12-7 ATS as a favorite the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 12-7 in that situation.

The Seahawks certainly have an explosive offense, with quarterback Russell Wilson entering with a 97.2 passer rating, which ranks seventh in the league.  Seattle also has the ability to win the time-of-possession battle, with running back Marshawn Lynch’s 578 rushing yards trailing only Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy.  Both players could benefit greatly with the potential of former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin taking the field for the first time this year, as he’s been shelved with a hip injury.

St. Louis returns home after splitting a pair of road games against the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans, as the franchise last hosted Monday Night Football in December 2006.  The Rams are 2-1 at home this season and 1-1 against members from the NFC West division—something to consider when making your NFL betting picks.  Offensively, the team must move past the loss of starting quarterback Sam Bradford, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.  St. Louis is 7-11 SU and 7-10-1 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons.

The Rams have one of the more dynamic pass rushers in the league in defensive end Robert Quinn, who is leading the NFC with seven sacks.  St. Louis will need a major performance from its stop unit, as backup quarterback Kellen Clemens will be making just his 13th career start.  He’s familiar with the offensive scheme after serving as the franchise’s backup the last two years.

Sports bettors will likely back the Rams due to the underdog covering five of the last six meetings in this series.

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