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Seahawks vs. Rams Prediction

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 8:20pm EST
Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles

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Last Updated: Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 11:05am EST

Introduction

The Los Angeles Rams will host the Seattle Seahawks in a divisional battle Sunday night from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Seahawks earned a hard-fought 37-30 home win against the Vikings on Monday night, and the Rams tallied a dominating 34-7 road win against the Cardinals in their previous action. The Seahawks earned a 30-29 home win against the Rams in week five.

Seattle Seahawks Review

The Seattle Seahawks are seeking their fifth consecutive victory after defeating the Vikings 37-30 on Monday night. They stand in first place in the NFC West with a 10-2 record along with the 49ers, and they are also striving for a first-round bye. Russell Wilson hasn’t been quite as productive recently, posting a combined 440 passing yards in his last two games. Overall the dual-threat QB is having an MVP caliber season, racking up 3177 passing yards with a dazzling 26:4 TD to INT ratio.

Seattle continues to produce on the ground as well. Chris Carson rushed for another 102 yards on Monday night, and the 25-year old RB is up to 981 rushing yards. Rashaad Penny has been more active recently and the second-year back now 370 rushing yards.

Tyler Lockett has cooled down as of late, posting less than 40 rushing yards in three straight games. The 27-year old receiver has recorded a team-leading 831 receiving yards. The Seattle offense has proven the ability to exploit strong defensive opponents which was evident in their 37 point output on Monday night.

The Seahawks defense hasn’t been as effective as their offense. They stand 29th in the NFL against the pass while their rush defense has been sharp, ranking eighth overall.  Seattle is scoring an average of 27.4 points, ranking them fifth in the NFL. They are limiting opponents to 24.4 points, positioning them 23rd overall. The Seahawks feature a perfect 6-0 road record.

Los Angeles Rams Review

The Los Angeles Rams have little room for error in the final month of the season. The Rams stand three games out of the Wildcard and three games back of first-place San Francisco in the NFC West. They kept their playoff hopes alive with a much needed 34-7 road win against the Cardinals last week. Jared Goff is having a very inconsistent this season. He was sharp last week, logging 424 passing yards and two touchdowns. The 25-year old QB has accrued 3419 passing yards with a 13:12 TD to INT ratio on the year.

Rams' #1 RB Todd Gurley II tallied 95 rushing yards against the Cardinals last week. The 25-year old running back is up to 642 rushing yards. Rams’ receiving leader Cooper Kupp has not been able to make a significant impact recently, recording less than 70 receiving yards in four straight games. The third-year WR has 945 receiving yards on the season. The Rams offense has not been reliable this season although they still rank 10th in the NFL with an average of 370 total yards per game.

The Rams defense has been sharp with the exception of their ugly 45-6 week 12 loss to Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. They are especially effective against the pass with a pass defense that stands 10th in the NFL. L.A. is scoring an average of 23.6 points, placing them 12th overall. They are holding opponents to 20.8 points, positioning them 13th in the NFL. The Rams own a 3-3 home record.

The Running Game

Seattle Seahawks Running Offense
vs. Los Angeles Rams Running Defense

Seattle Seahawks Running Offense

Seattle continues to thrive on the ground. They are consistently generating significant yards and they stand third in the NFL in rushing as a result. They can solve any rush defense which included 218 rushing yards against the Vikings last week.

Chris Carson continues to shine. The 25-year old running back amassed 102 rushing yards against the Vikings last week, and he has surpassed the 100-yard mark five times this season which included 118 yards against the Rams last month. Carson has compiled 981 rushing yards on an average of 4.2 yards per attempt He is capable of big plays, rushing for 20 or more yards on a  single run seven times this season.

"Our running game has been a staple of our offense. That's our foundation and both of those guys are amazing backs. They're really coming on," Seattle offensive lineman Duane Brown said.

- Duane Brown after Monday’s victory.  (Source: AP News)

Rashaad Penny has seen in increase in handoffs with great results. The second-year back rushed for 129 yards and 74 yards respectively in his last two games. The 23-year old was a first-round pick and has accrued a season total of 370 yards on a stellar 5.7 yards per attempt. Penny has four rushes of 20 or more yards this season.

Seattle’s offensive line hasn’t provided Russell Wilson with great protection but they are blocking effectively for the running backs.

Los Angeles Rams Run Defense

The Rams rush defense ranks in the top half of the NFL but they can be exploited depending on the opponent. The Ravens tallied 285 rushing yards against the Rams in week 12, although L.A. rebounded by holding the Cardinals to only 74 rushing yards last week. They have a tough challenge in this one.

Aaron Donald is a beast against the run, accumulating a remarkable 19.5 tackles for a loss on the season. The sixth-year defensive tackle has 38 tackles. Dante Fowler Jr. is also known for his run-stuffing abilities. The 25-year old linebacker has collected 13.5 tackles for a loss, placing his second on the Rams behind Donald. Another linebacker deserving of a mention is Samson Ebukam with 5.5 tackles for a loss. Linebacker Cory Littleton leads the Rams with 102 tackles to go with 4.5 tackles for a loss.

According to Football Outsiders, the Rams have stuffed their opponent at or behind the line of scrimmage 18% of the time, placing them just below the league average of 19%.

Stats

Seahawks

Rushing Attempts per Game: 31.3 (3rd)

Rushing Yards: 1724 (3rd)

Average Rushing Yards Per Game: 143.7 (3rd)

Average Rushing Yards Per Carry: 4.6 (7th)

Rams

Opponent Carries Per Game: 28.2 (28th)

Opponent Rushing Yards: 1250 (13th)

Opponent Rushing Yards Per Game: 104.2 (13th)

Opponent Rushing Yards Per Carry: 3.7 (3rd)

Who has the Edge?

I expect a solid performance on the ground from the Seahawks. The Rams rush defense is only slightly above average as they stand 13th with an average of 104.2 rushing yards allowed per game. Seattle is third in rushing yards and they continue to get the job done. They posted over 200 rushing yards against Vikings last week, and 167 yards against the Rams in the first meeting. Chris Carson rushed for over 100 yards last week, and I expect another big game in this one.

Advantage: Seattle Seahawks

Los Angeles Rams Running Offense
vs. Seattle Seahawks Running Defense

Los Angeles Rams Running Offense

The Rams had a big day on the ground against the Cardinals last week, rushing for 132 yards.  This effort came after recording only 22 yards against the Ravens the prior week. Todd Gurley II is starting to see more carries. The veteran RB rushed a season-high 25 times for 97 yards against the Bears in week 11, and 19 times for 95 yards against the Cardinals last week, which was the second most carries all season. Gurley II has collected 642 rushing yards on an average of 4.2 yards per attempt. He has four runs of 20 or more yards on the season.

Rams #2 RB Malcolm Brown hasn’t been very involved in the offense recently, taking only 12 handoffs in his last three games. The 26-year old tallied 30 rushing yards against the Cardinals last week, and he has 209 rushing yards on 3.9 yards per attempt. The Rams' offensive line has been an issue at times this season which has not made it easy for Gurley II.

Seattle Seahawks Run Defense

Seattle’s ability to limit the run has been their greatest strength on defense this season. They limited the Vikings to only 78 rushing yards last week and held the Rams to 82 yards in the first meeting this season.

Seattle has multiple players that can neutralize their opponents' production on the ground. Jadeveon Clowney is an outstanding run stuffer. The star defensive end has posted six tackles for a loss. The Seahawks defensive line is very strong. Defensive lineman Poona Ford is also stout against the run, logging five tackles for a loss. Al Woods has also contributed with four tackles for a loss.

The Seahawks have one of the best core of linebackers in the NFL. They are often quick to the runner as well. Mychal Kendricks has accumulated eight tackles for a loss and 62 total tackles, while K.J. Wright has 4.5 tackles for a loss. Veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner leads the team with 115 total tackles. Seattle features a stellar 22% stuff rate, placing them above the NFL average of 19%.

Stats

Rams

Rushing Attempts per Game: 24.6 (21st)

Rushing Yards: 1130 (25th)

Average Rushing Yards Per Game: 94.2 (25th)

Average Rushing Yards Per Carry: 3.8 (24th)

Seahawks

Opponent Carries Per Game: 21.7 (3rd)

Opponent Rushing Yards: 1195 (8th)

Opponent Rushing Yards Per Game: 99.6 (8th)

Opponent Rushing Yards Per Carry: 4.6 (23rd)

Who has the Edge?

The Seahawks should be able to neutralize the Rams on the ground in this one. Seattle has excelled against the run for most of the season, and they are holding opponents to 99.6 rushing yards, good for eighth in the NFL. The Rams will pass more than they run. L.A. has 457 pass attempts compared to only 295 rush attempts. Lastly, Seattle held the Rams to only 82 rushing yards in the week five meeting.

Advantage: Seattle Seahawks

The Passing Game

Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense
vs. Los Angeles Rams Passing Defense

Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense

The Seahawks passing game hasn’t been quite as productive in their last three games, although they were up against strong defensive units. Russell Wilson owns a 4:3 TD to INT ratio over his last three games. The veteran QB still managed 240 passing yards against a terrific Vikings defense last week, and he has logged 3177 passing yards with a stellar 26:4 TD to INT ratio on the season. The mobile QB is third in team rushing with 284 yards. Wilson has eclipsed 300 passing yards three times this season.

“We’re in control and we like that,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “Our defense has been playing great. As a team effort, you can’t get much better than how we’re playing now. There are just a few things here and there that we can fix and who knows how far we can go.”

-Russell Wilson after Monday's win. Source: (Dwight Jaynes NBC Sports)

Tyler Lockett continues to lead the Seahawks in receiving with 831 yards. The 27-year old did not make a catch against Minnesota last week, and he only has four receptions in his last three games. Overall Lockett is having a solid season and I expect him to rebound this week.

Look out for DK Metcalf in this one. The 21-year old WR is having an outstanding rookie season. He tallied 75 receiving yards last week and he is up to 705 receiving yards.  David Moore, who made a big 60-yard reception on Monday has accused 235 receiving yards.  Tight end Will Dissly is on the IR.

Los Angeles Rams Passing Defense

The Rams pass defense continues to shut down opposing QB’s. They had trouble against the Ravens, (who hasn’t) but held Cardinals' QB Kyler Murray to only 163 passing yards last week.

The Rams feature a dangerous pass rush with 38 sacks on the season, good for sixth in the NFL. Aaron Donald leads the way with 9.5 sacks on the season, although he did not record a sack against the Seahawks in week five. Defensive end Michael Brockers has registered 1.5 sacks over his last two games and he now has three sacks. Linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. is second in team sacks with 7.5.

Rams #1 corner Jalen Ramsey will likely be defending Tyler Lockett. The 25-year old corner did not play in the Rams' first meeting against the Seahawks. Ramsey has yet to make an interception and he features a 66.2 grade on PFF. He has allowed 35 receptions on 52 targets.

Troy Hill is having an outstanding season, establishing himself as the Rams #2 corner. The 28-year old features a very good 75.4 rating on PFF and he has only conceded 19 receptions on 40 targets by opposing QB’s. Hill has one pick and has broken up six passes. Rams’ safety Cory Littleton is having a strong year as well. He leads the Rams with 102 tackles along with two interceptions.

Stats

Seahawks 

Passes Completed: 258 (21st)

Average Yards Per Completion: 8.3 (3rd)

Passing Yards Per Game: 246.6 (10th)

Passing Touchdowns: 26 (1st)

Rams

Opponent Passing Yards Per Game: 222.8 (10th)

Opponent Passes Completed: 268 (18th)

Opponent Completion Percentage: 61.9%: (9th)

Opponent TD Passes: 18: (14th)

Who has the Edge?

I am going to classify this one as a draw. The Rams pass defense is looking good with #1 CB Jalen Ramsey in the secondary. He did not play in the first meeting between these rivals. The Rams stand 10th in the NFL in passing yards allowed and they should be able to limit the Seahawks production in the air. With that said, Russell Wilson is having a fantastic season and he tossed four touchdown passes against the Rams earlier this season.

Advantage: Push

Los Angeles Rams Passing Offense
vs. Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense

Los Angeles Rams Passing Offense

The Rams passing game got back on track against the Cardinals last week after subpar performances against the Bears and Ravens. Overall the Rams have relied on their passing offense much more than their ground game. Jared Goff has been the subject of criticism at times this season due to his inconsistent play. The 25-year old QB accumulated a remarkable 424 passing yards with two touchdowns against the Cardinals last week which should boost his confidence. Goff had gone three straight games without recording a touchdown prior to last week’s effort. Goff has tallied 3419 passing yards with a subpar 13:12 TD to INT ratio this season.

"It always will be and always has been about how you respond," Goff said. "Our team responds well. It's part of our mentality, part of our attitude, is that bad stuff happens, nobody's perfect, but how do you respond?

"Today, we proved we were a strong team."

-Jared Goff after Sunday’s win.  (Source: AP News)

Rams’ #1 WR Cooper Kupp has not been heavily involved in the offense recently.  The 26-year old has tallied 65 or fewer receiving yards in each of his last four games. Kupp has surpassed 100 receiving yards five times this season, and he has 945 receiving yards on the year. Robert Woods has stepped up as of late, registering at lat 95 receiving yards in three consecutive games. The veteran receiver has amassed 835 receiving yards. Brandon Cooks stands third in team receiving with 458 yards. Tight end Gerald Everett has mad 37 receptions for 408 yards.

Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense

The Seahawks pass defense has been exploited many times this season and while they were effective for most of Monday’s game against Minnesota they ended up allowing 276 passing yards to Kirk Cousins.

The Seahawks pass rush is subpar. They stand down at 29th in the NFL with only 23 sacks on the season. Defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Quinton Jefferson have only combined for 5.5 sacks and linebacker Mychal Kendricks leads the team with three.

The Seahawks have a solid duo at cornerback in Shaquill Griffin and Tre Flowers who made an interception on Monday night. Flowers is targeted heavily by opposing QB’s and he owns a subpar 50.7 grade according to Pro Football Focus. The second-year corner leads Seattle with three picks. Griffin is having an outstanding season, breaking up 13 passes. The 24-year old CB has conceded 33 receptions on 58 targets and features a sizzling 81 grade on PFF. Safety Bradley McDougald has made two interceptions on the season. 

Stats

Rams

Passes Completed: 285 (7th)

Average Yards Per Completion: 7.5 (13th)

Passing Yards Per Game: 275.4 (5th)

Passing Touchdowns: 13 (28th)

Seahawks

Opponent Passing Yards Per Game: 269.3 (29th)

Opponent Passes Completed: 303 (30th)

Opponent Completion Percentage: 63.8%: (18th)

Opponent TD Passes: 15: (9th)

Who has the Edge?

The Rams have the edge here. Seattle’s pass defense has been an issue at times and I expect Goff to come through with a productive performance. Goff accumulated a sizzling 395 passing yards against Seattle in week five, and he has momentum on his side after throwing for over 400 yards and four touchdowns last week. The Seahawks ranks 29th in the NFL with an average of 269 passing yards allowed per game and Goff should take advantage.

Advantage: Los Angeles Rams

Intangibles

Seattle Seahawks

Seahawks’ kicker Jason Myers has connected on 18 of his 23 field goals this season. He is 4 for 7 on field goal ranging between 40-49 yards, and two of his misses occurred over 50 yards. Myers’ longest of the season went for 54 yards.

Seattle often has Tyler Lockett return the kicks. The wide receiver has collected 244 return yards for an average of 20.3 yards per return.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll deserves credit for consistently leading the Seahawks to the playoffs. He has qualified for the playoffs in seven of his nine seasons as the boss in Seattle. Carroll owns a 99-56-1 record as Seahawks head coach.

Los Angeles Rams

Rams’ kicker Greg Zuerlein has fared well, for the most part, converting on 22 of 28 field goals for a 78% efficiency. All five of his misses occurred above 40 yards. Zuerlein’s longest was a 58-yarder.

JoJo Natson leads the Rams with 289 return yards, placing him 15th in the NFL. He is averaging a solid 22.2 yards per return.

Rams’ coach Sean McVay is classified as a good coach and he is known for his offensive playbook. McVay has been criticized a bit this year as the Rams have underachieved so far. He features a 31-13 record as an NFL coach and has won the NFC West in two straight seasons.

Who has the Edge?

I am calling this a draw. I don’t see a notable advantage for either team on special teams or coaching. Both field goal kickers feature a 78% efficiency. I give a slight edge to the Seahawks coaching with Pete Carroll who has been an NFL head coach for a long time.

Advantage: Push

Final Outlook

I expect Seattle to win this game. The Seahawks are playing with a ton of confidence and always seem to come through with big plays on both offense and defense when needed. The Rams have lacked a killer instinct this season. Their offense is a concern. They have scored 17 or fewer points in three out of their last four games.

Furthermore, the Seahawks rushing offense, which stands third in the NFL with 143 yards per game, should have a big impact on this game. The Rams can be solved on the ground. Seattle accumulated 167 rushing yards against the Rams in the week five meeting.

I also expect another solid performance from Russell Wilson who tossed four touchdowns against the Rams the first meeting. Moreover, the Rams have not been very threatening on their home field, winning only two of their last five home games while the Seahawks are a perfect 6-0 on the road.

The top supporting trends found on covers.com are:

The Seattle Seahawks are:

4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.

4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after conceding less than 90 rushing yards in their previous game.

The Los Angeles Rams are:

1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.

0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record.

13-27-2 ATS in their last 42 games after recording more than 280 passing yards in their previous game.

Latest Updates, Injury Reports, and Line Movements

Injuries

The Seahawks' most notable injury is Mychal Hendricks. The talented linebacker is listed as doubtful on the final injury report with a hamstring injury. If he does not suit up Cody Barton will likely get the start in his place.

Defensive tackles Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah are both listed as questionable but are expected to play. Tight end Luke Willson is doubtful.

The Rams only have one significant injury. Tight end Gerald Everett (408 receiving yards) is officially out for this one. Tyler Higbee will start in his place. Higbee is playing well, recording 319 receiving yards. Offensive tackle Rob Havenstein is listed as doubtful.

The line for this one has moved. The Seahawks opened as 2.5 point favorites on most books and as of Saturday afternoon, the Rams are favored by one point. The betting public is piling in on the Seahawks. According to wunderdog.com, 65% of the money is on Seattle. The weather in Los Angeles is expected to be clear with 60-degree temperatures.

Prediction: Seattle Seahawks

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Additional Insiders' Best Bets

Full-game Total Bet

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This divisional contest should feature plenty of scoring. These foes played to a high scoring 30-29 decision in the first meeting this season which led to the over. The Seahawks will give up points. They have squandered at least 24 points in three out of their last four games overall. Goff should generate significant yards in the air against a poor pass defense, especially considering the fact he registered 395 passing yards in the first meeting. The over is a convincing 15-6 in Seattle’s last 21 games overall.

In addition, the Seattle offense continues to produce. They have reached at least 27 points in four out of their last five games, plus the Seahawks accumulated 429 total yards against this Rams team in week five. Russell Wilson and Chris Carson continue to thrive. The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings between these rivals and that trend should prevail again in this one.

Prediction: Over

Full-game Prop Bet

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The over on the Seahawks team total which can be found on PointsBet is another strong prop. Seattle had no problem generating yards in the week five battle. Russell Wilson tallied four touchdown passes and Chris Carson rushed for 118 yards. The Seahawks were up against an elite Vikings defense last week and generated 444 total yards. The Rams defense has experienced their fair share of awful performances this season. They allowed 27 points to the Panthers, 55 to the Bucs, and most recently 42 to the Ravens.

Prediction: Seahawks Team Total: Over 23.5

Half-time Side Bet

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I am siding with the Rams on the first half-line. The Seahawks defense has been an issue in the first half at times this season. They are allowing an average of 12.2 points in the first half, placing them 20th in the NFL. The Rams defense has been sharp as they stand seventh in the NFL with an average of only 9.7 points allowed in the opening half.

Prediction: L.A. Rams

Half-time Total Bet

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I am sticking with the over on the halftime total. I expect plenty of offense throughout this contest. The Seahawks stand 9th in the NFL with an average of 13.1 points in the first half. The Rams have picked their offense up slightly recently, averaging a decent 12 points in the opening half in their last three games.

Prediction: Over 23

Half-time Prop Bet

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The over on Chris Carson’s rushing total is a prop I recommend. Chris Carson continues to shine, amassing at least 89 rushing yards in four out of his last five games overall which makes this figure of 65.5 very reasonable. Seattle turned to their running game frequently against the Rams in week five. The Seahawks attempted 23 passes while rushing 43 times. I expect a similar game plan which should lead to a big output from Carson.

Prediction: Chris Carson Rushing Total: Over
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Written By Adam Rauzino

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