The St. Louis Rams (6-8) are set to take on the Seattle Seahawks (9-5) at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff for this division battle is scheduled for 4:25 PM EST on Sunday and will be televised on FOX. Our Week 16 NFL odds have the Seahawks as a 13.5-point favorite with a total set at 40.5 points.
St. Louis earned an impressive 31-23 victory at home on Thursday Night Football against Tampa Bay last week. Case Keenum finished with 234 yards and two touchdowns on 14-for-17 attempts while Kenny Britt led all receivers with 71 yards and one touchdown on two receptions. Todd Gurley was limited to 48 yards on 21 carries.
Seattle earned a lop-sided 30-13 victory at home over Cleveland in Week 15. Russell Wilson went 21-for-30 for 249 yards and three touchdowns while his favorite target was Jermaine Kearse, who finished with 110 yards on seven receptions. Fill-in running back Christine Michael racked up 84 yards on 16 carries.
Nikko’s Pick: Seahawks -13.5
There are two solid reasons why we should take Seattle as double-digit favorites; one being the current form of the Seahawks offense and the other being the timeless revenge angle. Seattle has been unstoppable behind Wilson, who has already set career-high marks for passing yards and touchdowns. Seattle’s offense has scored 29 points or more in their current 5-0 straight up and ATS record with Wilson clipping a TD:INT ratio of 19:0.
We should also remind ourselves of the Week 1 battle between these two teams in which St. Louis edged Seattle as 3.5-point underdogs. A lot of that I believe has to do with the Seahawks slow start as they were sitting with a 2-4 record through six games. Seattle however has caught fire recently while the same cannot be said for St. Louis.
The Rams won’t be able to keep pace offensively like they did in the first matchup. I expect Seattle to score early and score often in the rematch. Take the Seahawks minus the points on Sunday.