Seahawks vs. Rams - 12/28/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Rams (6-9) at Seattle Seahawks (11-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm (CenturyLink Field)
The Line: Seattle Seahawks -13 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams face off on Sunday in Seattle in a week 17 NFC West matchup.
The Seattle Seahawks can clinch the NFC West and home field advantage in the playoffs with a win in this game and with a loss and a Cardinals win they go on the road and play next week as a Wildcard team. The Seahawks are averaging 24.9 points and 377.2 yards per game and they are led by QB Russell Wilson who has completed 62.8 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 1,246 yards and 12 touchdowns and Doug Baldwin is Seatle’s leading receiver with 63 receptions. The Seahawks defense has allowed a NFL best 16.5 points and a NFL best 268.6 yards per game and they are plus nine in turnover ratio. K.J. Wright has 100 tackles, Bobby Wagner has 94 tackles, and Michael Bennett has 7.0 sacks. The Seahawks are looking as good if not better than last year’s team that won the Super Bowl.
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The St. Louis Rams appear to still be a year away from being contenders as they have amassed a deep pool of talent but their record sits at 6-9. The Rams offense is averaging 21.2 points and 319.3 yards per game and they are led by QB Shaun Hill who has completed 62 percent of his passes with 8 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Tre Mason has rushed for 737 yards and four touchdowns and Jared Cook is the leading receiver with 49 catches. The Rams defense allows 22.3 points and 351.5 yards and they are minus one in turnover ratio. Alec Ogletree has 103 tackles, James Laurinaitis has 100 tackles, and Robert Quinn has 10.5 sacks. The Rams have played tough against divisional opponents but it will be interesting to see if their offense can put up points against the Seattle D.
Seattle is 3-0-1 against the spread against the NFC West, 3-0-1 against the spread following a win, and 34-16-1 against the spread in their last 51 games overall. St. Louis is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 2-6 against the spread against the NFC West, and 6-1 against the spread after allowing more than 250 yards in their previous game. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
Points will be tough to come by in this one and I see this one staying comfortable under the total and that is going to be my free pick here.