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Seahawks host Rams in Week 17 action

St. Louis Rams Seattle Seahawks
7-8 December 29, 2013, 04:25 | CenturyLink Field 12-3

Coming off a shocking loss at home to Arizona the Seattle Seahawks can still lock up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NFC playoffs.

To do so Seattle needs a win at home this Sunday against the divisional rival St. Louis Rams.

The Seahawks just lost for the first time this season at home, as they got thoroughly out-played by the Cardinals.

But Seattle still owns that nasty home-field advantage, which might serve them well when the playoffs come to town.

St. Louis itself has won two games in a row, and gave the Seahawks a very tough battle the first time these teams played this season, a 14-9 Seattle win back in October.

As of early this week the Seahawks were favored by 10 points over the Rams at Bovada.

Backers of the Seahawks have seen them go 12-3 and 10-5 ATS so far this season, while the Rams are at 7-8 and 7-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Rams are 9-6, while the Seahawks are 6-9.

View St. Louis Rams vs Seattle Seahawks Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Seahawks sat as 10-point favorites at shops such as 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, has been pegged by the oddsmakers at Bovada at 43.

The Seahawks - Rams odds would favor the Seahawks if the lines were set according to power ranks. Seattle is rated No. 1 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Rams sit at No. 12. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 30-20 win for the Seahawks.

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In their last action, St. Louis was a 23-13 winner at home against the Buccaneers. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (36) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. In their last game, the Seahawks were Week 16 losers coming out on the wrong end of 17-10 score against Arizona.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Seattle's No. 8-ranked offense (26 PPG) against a Rams defense that ranks No. 13 at 22.47 PPG. The Seahawks passing attack has averaged 205.2 yards per game, less than the Rams give up through the air (247.73 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Rams feature the league's No. 7-rated road run defense, allowing 98.86 yards per game. Seattle, meanwhile, ranks No. 6 in rushing offense at home.

A few Rams at Seahawks trends to consider:
St. Louis is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
St. Louis is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Seattle is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Seattle is 18-4 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 6 games
Seattle is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis home to , Wednesday, December 31st
Seattle home to , Wednesday, December 31st