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Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams 1/8/23 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Los Angeles Rams (5-11) vs. Seattle Seahawks (8-8)
January 8, 2023 4:25 pm EDT
The Line: Seattle Seahawks -6.5 / Los Angeles Rams +6.5; Over/Under: +42.5
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The Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks meet in week 18 NFL action from Lumen Field on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Rams will try to rebound from a 31-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in their last game. Baker Mayfield has thrown for 703 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception on 67% passing while Cam Akers has a team-high 682 rushing yards and 7 rushing TDs this season. Tyler Higbee has 68 receptions for 587 yards while Ben Skowronek, Van Jefferson  and Allen Robinson II each have 300+ receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Bobby Wagner has a team-high 133 total tackles while the Rams’ defensive unit as a whole has combined for 35 sacks and 14 interceptions this season.

The Seattle Seahawks need another win to keep their playoff hopes alive after a 23-6 win over the Jets last time out. Geno Smith has thrown for 4,069 yards, 29 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on 70.2% passing while Kenneth Walker III has a team-high 936 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns this season. DK Metcalf last the Seahawks in receiving with 87 catches for 1,008 yards and 6 TDs while Noah Fant has 466 receiving yards while another pair of Seahawks have 300+ receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Jordyn Brooks leads the Seahawks with 161 total tackles while Uchenna Nwosu has a team-high 9 sacks and Tariq Wooten leads the Seahawks with 6 interceptions on the year.

Los Angeles is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the NFC while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games as a road underdog. Seattle is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games in January.

I get the case to be made for either side here, but I’m leaning towards the Seahawks as they’re the only team with anything to play for in this game as their playoff hopes hang by a thread. The Seahawks need some help to sneak into the playoffs, but none of it matters if they can’t win here. Give me Seattle for the win and cover.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Seattle -6.5

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