Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Washington
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4:05 pm Eastern, TV: Fox, NFL Network
Opening Line: Seattle -1
Current Line: Seattle -1
Opening Total: 47 1/2
Opening Total: 47
Opening Money Line: Seahawks -120 / Rams +100
Opening Money Line: Seahawks -120 / Rams +100
The 9-4 Los Angeles Rams travel to the 8-5 Seattle Seahawks Sunday with first place in the NFC West on the line. The Rams would take a two game lead with two games to play. Seattle would be tied for the lead but would hold the tiebreaker by sweeping the season series. The Seahawks won in LA 16-10 October 8. Seattle is also tied with the Atlanta Falcons for the last playoff spot in the NFC.
Seattle leads the series 23-16 against Los Angeles/St. Louis. The Seahawks have won two straight games in the series including the October meeting. The Rams had won three straight games in the series.
Los Angeles is is led by first year coach Sean McVay. The Rams have home losses to the Washington Redskins 27-20, Seattle Seahawks 16-10 and Philadelphia Eagles 43-35 last week and a road loss to the Minnesota Vikings 24-7. LA has home wins over the Indianapolis Colts 46-9, Houston Texans 33-7 and New Orleans Saints 26-20, plus road wins over the San Francisco 49ers 41-39, Dallas Cowboys 35-30, Jacksonville Jaguars 27-17, New York Giants 51-17 and Arizona Cardinals 32-16. The Rams also have a neutral site win over the Cardinals 33-0 in London. The Rams were 1 point favorites against the Eagles and the total was 47.5. Los Angeles is 8-5 ATS and the total is 8-5 this season.
Seattle is coached by Pete Carroll. The Seahawks have road losses at the Green Bay Packers 17-9, Tennessee Titans 33-27 and Jacksonville Jaguars 30-24 last week, plus home losses to the Washington Redskins 17-14 and Atlanta Falcons 34-31. Seattle has home wins over the San Francisco 49ers 12-9, Indianapolis Colts 46-18, Houston Texans 41-38 and Philadelphioa Eagles 24-10, plus road wins at the Los Angeles Rams 16-10, New York Giants 24-7, Arizona Cardinals 22-16 and 49ers 24-13. Against Jacksonville, the Seahawks were 3 point underdogs and the total was 41. Seattle is 5-7-1 ATS and the total is 5-8 this season.
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Los Angeles is outscoring teams 31-20 this season. LA is #2 in scoring and #12 in points allowed. The Rams average 368 yards per game on offense including 253 passing and 115 rushing yards per game. LA is #8 in total and passing offense. On defense, the Rams allow 343 yards per game including 219 passing and 124 rushing yards. The Rams are #28 in rush defense. LA is 73/175 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 82/203. The Rams have forced 40 sacks and allowed 22 this season. Los Angeles is +5 in turnovers and has scored six defensive/special teams touchdowns.
Quarterback Jared Goff has completed 62.2% of his passes for 3,383 yards with 22 touchdowns and and 6 interceptions, plus he has 25 carries for 57 rushing yards and a touchdown. He has only been sacked 22 times.
Running back Todd Gurley has 236 carries for 1,035 yards and 10 touchdowns, along with 51 catches for 602 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tavon Austin has 45 carries for 202 yards and a touchdown, plus 10 catches. Malcolm Brown has 38 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown, plus 5 catches. Lance Dunbar will get some carries.
Receiver Cooper Kupp has 56 catches for 783 yards and 4 touchdowns. Receiver Robert Woods has 47 catches for 703 yards and 4 touchdowns. Sammy Watkins has 34 catches for 549 yards and 7 touchdowns. Tyler Higbee has 22 catches for 268 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Gerald Everett has 13 catches for 228 yards and 2 touchdowns. Five defensive players and two offensive linemen are listed on the injury report.
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Seattle is outscoring teams 24-19 this season. Seattle is #11 in scoring and #8 in points allowed. The Seahawks average 362 yards per game on offense including 256 passing and 106 rushing yards. Seattle is #10 in total offense and #7 in passing. On defense, the Seahawks are allowing 329 total yards per game including 226 passing and 103 rushing yards. The Seahawks are #12 or better in total and rush defense. Seattle is 74/183 on third and fourth conversions and opponents are 74/190. Seattle has forced 32 sacks and allowed 30 this season. The Seahawks are +5 in turnovers and has three defensive touchdowns.
Quarterback Russell Wilson has completed 61.9% of his passes for 3,527 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, plus 76 carries for 482 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has been sacked 30 times. Wilson is having an MVP caliber season. The Seahawks have 33 offensive touchdowns, and Wilson has accounted for 32 of those.
Running back Chris Carson had 49 carries for 208 yards, plus 7 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. He is out for the season after suffering a broken leg. Eddie Lacy has 69 carries for 179 yards. C.J. Prosise, Thomas Rawls and J.D. McKissic will also get some carries. McKissic has 28 catches for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns. Prosise has 6 catches for 87 yards, but is out with an ankle injury.
Receiver Doug Baldwin has 66 catches for 860 yards and 5 touchdowns. Paul Richardson has 40 catches for 664 yards and 6 touchdowns. Tyler Lockett has 39 catches for 515 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tight end Jimmy Graham has 52 catches for 473 yards and 9 touchdowns. He is probable with an ankle injury. Tight end Luke Wilson has 12 catches for 118 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nick Vannett has 12 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. Fourteen defensive players and six offensive linemen are listed on the injury report.
The under is 15-5-1 in this series recently including 5-0 in Seattle. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in this series. The home team is 7-2 ATS in the series. The Seahawks are 8-2 ATS at home against the Rams.
The Seahawks managed to shut down the high powered Rams offense in October, but now the Seahawks are without many of their top defensive stars. Players such as Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Cliff Avril are no longer available for the Seahawks. The Seahawks are tough at home but I still like the Rams to all but wrap up the division with a win.