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This Sunday the St. Louis Rams will host the Seattle Seahawks. Kickoff for the NFC West clash is set for 1:00 EST at the LA memorial Coliseum. This Week 2 contest will be televised locally on FOX. Oddsmakers have Seattle listed as a 7-point road favorite. The over/under is currently at 38.5-points.

Seahawks vs Rams Vegas Betting Odds

It wasn’t pretty, but Seattle found a way to squeak out a 12-10 win at home over the Dolphins. The Seahawks scored the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute to play.

As bad as Seattle looked in their opener, the Rams were even worse. Los Angeles lost 28-0 at San Francisco on Monday Night Football.  The Rams offense was about as bad as an NFL team can get. They managed just 185 total yards, 10 first downs and turned it over twice.

Free Point Spread Pick & Game Predictions: Rams +7

You can’t overreact to one bad game, especially in the NFL. As difficult as it may be to stomach, I think the Rams are the play here. Oddsmakers know the public will be all over Seattle and I believe they have inflated this line.

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Just look back to last year. The Vikings were embarrassed at San Francisco on Monday Night Football in Week 1. A lot of people wrote off Minnesota and they went on to win the NFC North at 11-5. Similar to the Rams, we saw a big overreaction in Week 2. The Vikings were laying less than a field goal at home and won easily 26-16.

The 49ers were also a horrible matchup for the Rams, especially out of the gate. LA didn’t really know what to expect from the San Francisco offense under Chip Kelly. At the same time, their defense is built to stop the run.

This week is a much better matchup for the Rams, at least on defense. Seattle’s biggest weakness is their offensive line. That plays right into the strength of LA’s defense, which is loaded up front. Russell Wilson is going to be running for his life when he drops back to pass. Keep in mind that Wilson is also coming in at less than 100% after tweaking his ankle against the Dolphins.

To that point, the Rams won both meetings against the Seahawks last year. They won 34-31 at home and 23-17 at Seattle. They have taken 3 of the last 4 with the only loss on the road. Clearly this team matches up well with the Seahawks.

Another factor here is that Coliseum is going to be nuts. This is the Rams first home game at LA in more than two decades. You have to wonder if they weren’t overlooking the 49ers to some degree and ahead to this contest.

You also have to think this is going to be a low scoring game. That only makes getting a touchdown with the home dog that much more valuable. Seattle is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 15 or less. They are also just 2-9 ATS under Carroll in road games during the first month of the season.