This Sunday afternoon the Los Angeles Rams (3-1) will host the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) in a critical early season NFC West matchup. Kickoff is set for 4:05 EST at the LA Memorial Coliseum and will be televised locally on CBS.
Oddsmakers currently have this contest listed as a pick’em, with some books listing the Rams as a slim 1-point favorite. The over/under for this gam is sitting at 46.5 points. Click on the link for access to our Week 5 NFL odds page, which included a full betting schedule and links to game previews.
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Seattle was able to rebound from their loss to the Titans in Week 3 with a 46-18 blowout victory at home against the Colts on Sunday Night Football. It was as easy as the final score would lead you to believe. They were actually tied 18-18 with less than 5 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter. Seattle covered as a massive 13-point favorite after failing to cover each of their first three games.
The Rams went on the road and came away with a statement win over the Cowboys, defeating Dallas 35-30 as a 6.5-point underdog. Los Angeles trailed by double-digits on two separate occasions in the 1st half, but were not phased and closed the game on an impressive 22-6 run, which all started with a 44-yard field by Greg Zuerlein on the final play of the first half. Zuerlein finished the game with 7 made field goals, as this could have been a lot bigger margin of victory.
The Rams beat the Seahawks 9-3 early last season, but would later lose 3-24 at Seattle. Even though they lost the most recent meeting, Los Angeles/St. Louis has won 4 of the last 6 in the series, including 3 straight on their home fields.
NFL Betting Predictions & Free Pick: OVER 46.5
If I had to take a side in this one, I would probably take the points with the Seahawks, but I see a lot more value here in the total. I know the majority of the recent meetings have been very low-scoring. This is a much different Rams team than the past seasons under Jeff Fisher, whose staff clearly didn’t know offense.
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Under new head coach Sean McVay the Rams are leading the NFL at 35.5 ppg and are 5th in yardage at 383.8 ypg. If they just convert 4 of those 7 field goals to TDs, they would have hung 50 on the Cowboys. That’s a better Dallas defense than it gets credit for.
Seattle’s defense gets a lot of love, but don’t think they are elite on that side of the ball. Right defensive end Cliff Avril is out of this one and right corner Jeremy Lane left the last game with a groin injury and is questionable to play. I got confidence in McVay’s ability to put together a gameplan to attack this right side of the field with success.
The biggest thing here is the play of the Rams defense is getting completely overlooked. It’s really been bad through 4 games. They rank 27th in total defense and teams are running it all over them. They are 30th against the run, allowing 151.5 ypg. The only team they have held to fewer than 27 points is the Colts when they were starting Scott Tolzien. The thing that really stands out to me is the contest against the 49ers. The let SF pile on 421 yards and 39 points. The 49ers have a whopping 27 points in their other 3 games combined and in those 3 games have averaged just 256.y ypg.
Seattle’s offense always starts out slow and this year was no different. I think they got some confidence going on that side after scoring 3 TD’s in the final 20 minutes against the Colts. A big spark for that unit was running back J.D. McKissic, who scored twice and could see more action with Chris Carson out.
I’ll take my chances the trends continue here with the Rams playing in high-scoring games, as each of their first 4 games have seen at least 47 points. Note that Seattle’s last two have seen 50+ combined points.
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