The Los Angeles Rams (4-0) travel to Washington this weekend to take on the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) in an NFC West clash. Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on Sunday, October 7th at CenturyLink Field. The game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Rams listed as as 7-point road favorites. That line has remained unchanged after early betting, as Los Angeles is currently available at -7. The total for this matchup is 49.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 5 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Seahawks vs Rams Vegas Odds & Game Preview
Los Angeles managed to stay undefeated on the season in Week 4, as they won a tough 38-31 decision over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football to move to 4-0. The Rams currently have the best scoring offense in the entire NFL and have scored at least 33 points all four of their games so far this year. QB Jared Goff put on an absolute clinic against the Vikings, throwing for 465 yards and five touchdowns in the victory. Goff has put up monster numbers over the first few weeks of the season, racking up 1,406 yards through the air and 11 touchdowns. He has had a ton of help from RB Todd Gurley, who has gained over 530 total yards (26 receptions) and found the end zone six times. Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods have combined for over 1,000 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, the Rams are giving up are giving up just 16.8 points per game (5th) on an average of 333.5 total yards per game. They have really done a great job defending against the run, as they have limited opponents to an average of just 86.0 yards per game on the ground (5th).
The Seahawks managed to get back to .500 on the season last weekend after sneaking past the Arizona Cardinals 20-17. Seattle had a rocky 0-2 start but put together back to back solid efforts over the past few weeks to give themselves a shot at getting back in the playoff picture. QB Russell Wilson has thrown for 888 yards and seven touchdowns over his first four games, while Chris Carson and Mike Davis have combined for almost 300 yards rushing. Davis looked fantastic after Carson was forced to miss the Arizona game, rushing for over 100 yards and finding the end zone twice. As a whole, the Seahawks are currently averaging 21.3 points per game (24th) on 302.0 total yards.
Seattle is currently giving up an average of 20.3 points per game (9th) on 326.8 total yards. The Seahawks have been great against the pass, along opponents to average just 204.3 passing yards per game (5th). They haven`t been quite as good against the run, however, as opponents are averaging 122.5 yards per game on the ground (27th).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Rams -7
If this Seattle defense was as potent as it was 3-4 years ago, this would have been an absolutely fantastic matchup. However, the days of the “Legion of Boom” are long gone, as the Seahawks have had significant turnover in the secondary and at linebacker. This Rams offense is absolutely incredible – they are arguably the most fun NFL team to watch since the “Greatest Show On Turf” version of the Rams from 1999-2001 in St. Louis. Goff is showing game in and game out that he is the real deal while Cooks, Kupp, and Woods have managed to each find individual success at the wide receiver position. I haven’t even mentioned Todd Gurley in this paragraph yet, who is easily one of the most talented back in the entire league. He should have another huge game against this Seattle team that has been getting torched on the ground so far this season.
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Seattle is just 2-6-1 ATS over their last nine divisional games while also going 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games. Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS over their past five games against divisional opponents and 6-2 ATS in their past eight road games overall.
The Rams are still undefeated and should be able to improve to 5-0 on Sunday afternoon against a long-time NFC West rival. Los Angeles knows that they can take an early stranglehold on the division if they drop the Seahawks back below .500, as Arizona and San Francisco have both been brutal. Some people might point to how highly ranked Seattle currently is against the pass (204.2 passing yards per game) but I’m not falling for it – they have yet to play a team with a quarterback anywhere close to as skilled as Goff. I think Los Angeles should win this one by at least a touchdown, so I’m happy to lay the 7 points and take the road favorite in this spot.