Los Angeles Rams (9-5) at Seattle Seahawks (10-4)
Rams Seahawks Bet Tips
Odds & Betting Lines for Rams-Seahawks Picks
- Against The Spread: Seahawks -1 (-115)/Rams +1 (-105)
- Moneyline: Seahawks (-125)/Rams (+105)
- Total: 47.5 — Over 47.5 (-122)/Under 47.5 (-105)
- Implied Team Totals: Seahawks 24.25, Rams 23.25
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Rams-Seahawks Key Injuries
RamsThe Rams suffered a pair of tremendous blows in last week’s loss to the Jets. No. 1, the actual loss. No. 2, the loss of RB Cam Akers. Against the Jets, Akers sustained a high-ankle sprain that will force the rookie to miss Week 16 at minimum. High-ankle sprains are normally multi-game injuries, which means Akers’ regular season is likely over. Akers could likely return for the playoffs, it is a matter of when, With Akers sidelined, the Rams will employ Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown at running back. Since the Rams used a pseudo-RBBC this season, featuring the hottest hand of the bunch, we have seen all three rushers have their time to shine. Look for Henderson to get the first shot without Akers in Week 16.
SeahawksSeahawks DB Quinton Dunbar has a shot to return from a knee injury this week that landed him on the injured reserve list. While Dunbar, who has not played since Week 9, could be trending toward an active destination, there are no guarantees he goes back to his previous role. Per Seattle HC Pete Carroll, the team is impressed by how productive D.J. Reed has been filling in for Dunbar and has earned the right to keep playing in that spot. Reports are suggesting that Dunbar may require season-ending knee surgery but will attempt to tough it out. Limited playing time could get Dunbar on the field to make an impact without setting him back injury-wise. Dunbar has 30 total tackles, five passes defended, and a pick in six games this season.
Rams-Seahawks Players to Watch
Rams QB Jared Goff has had an inconsistent 2020 campaign and career for that matter. However, he always shows up to play Seattle. In each of his past six matchups with the Seahawks, Goff has passed for 293 yards or two touchdowns, throwing for 300+ in three of those outings. Goff is 5-1 in those six outings and 5-3 overall in eight career games against the Seahawks. In their last meeting back in Week 10, Goff passed for 302 yards without a touchdown but still picked up the 23-16 win. Goff is not the only Rams player who plays well against the Seahawks. Cooper Kupp has scored a touchdown in three of his past five meetings with Seattle, dropping a 5/50/0 line on them back in Week 10’s win. Seahawks RB Chris Carson did not play in Week 10’s loss to the Rams, but in the three career outings he has played them in, the dual-threat running back has popped. Carson has totaled 91+ yards in each of his three career meetings with the Rams, going for 123+ total yards in two of them with only one score. If the Seahawks are going to have a shot against the Rams this week, they must establish the run and help Russell Wilson out. While the Seahawks have won four of their past six games, Wilson has thrown for fewer than 263 yards in all six of those matchups dating back to their last meeting with the Rams in Week 10. Wilson has a 9:7 TD/TO ratio in that period as well. Wilson threw four of those nine scores in one game against the Jets.
Rams-Seahawks Weather Report
The weather at CenturyLink Field calls for an overcast afternoon at the time of kickoff with an 8% chance of precipitation. The temperature is set at 47 degrees Fahrenheit with 2 mph winds blowing South.
Rams-Seahawks Picks & Best Bet
BEST BET: Under 47.5 (-105)At one time, both the Rams and Seahawks could have hung their hats on scoring points. However, that has not been the case in the second half of the year. The Seahawks have scored fewer than 23 points in four of tier past six games, including three games under 20. While they did hang 40 on the Jets, they are the Jets…. right? Although Seattle is scoring less, they don’t need to pop in every game. Their defense has been terrific ever since Jamal Adams has finally gotten healthy as well as the Carlos Dunlap acquisition at the trade deadline. Dunlap has five sacks and six tackles for a loss in six games as a member of the Seahawks. Seattle’s defense has allowed fewer than 23 points in each of their past six games, including four straight games surrendering fewer than 17. Currently, the Seahawks are allowing the 15th fewest PPG (24.2). They were a bottom-five team in points allowed for most of the first half, which is why Russell Wilson was forced to cook. Now, he’s getting take-out while the defense goes to work. The Rams are the Rams. Their defense is yielding the third-fewest PPG (19.2). Considering how well both defenses are playing plus, the fact that both offenses have been suspect at best, this game should trend toward the Under. The Under is 8-2 in the Rams’ past 10 games and 3-2 in their past five, including hitting in two straight. The Under is 7-3 in the Seahawks’ past 10 games, hitting in six consecutive matchups. The Under is 6-4 in the past 10 meetings between the Rams and Seahawks, hitting in each of their past two matchups following four consecutive totals going Over.
CONSIDER: Rams (+105)Do you want to pick this game for me because I am having a tough time with this one? And for good reason. If you read my Best Bet blurb above on the Total, you see how well these two teams match up in the second half of the year. And although the Rams have owned the Seahawks in the Sean McVay era, this might be a game that Seattle steals. However, I still like the Rams to win outright. The combo of McVay and Jared Goff are 5-2 against the Seahawks in seven career meetings. While the Rams have won their past two meetings with the Seahawks and five of their past six overall, those last two wins were Los Angeles home games. The last time the Seahawks won was in their last meeting in Seattle back in October of 2019, which is where they play this week. Both the Rams (44) and Seahawks (40) are top seven teams in sacks. Meanwhile, the Rams are allowing the fifth-fewest sacks (20) while the Seahawks are surrendering the sixth-most (41). If the Rams can get to Russell Wilson, he has shown that he is not, in fact, superman. He will make mistakes and give the ball away. Wilson has four giveaways in his past two games against the Rams. I will give the slight edge to the Rams because of history and because they have the better defense, but not by much at the moment. Aaron Donald has five sacks in his past five games against the Seahawks but has not recorded one in each of his past two meetings with them.
PASS: Rams +1 (-105)Why take the Rams’ getting the point when you can just take their Moneyline at (+105) odds. This is a no-brainer. The Rams are 4-2 against the spread in their past six meetings with the Seahawks, covering in three straight. The Rams are 4-2 ATS in their past six games, failing to cover last week. The Seahawks are 3-7 ATS in their past 10 games and 1-3 in their past four, failing to cover last week. Anthony Cervino is 55-44-1 on his NFL Best Bets in 2020.
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