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Rams Big Underdogs vs Seahawks in Wake of Fisher Firing

What a week for the Los Angeles Rams. After their blowout loss to the Falcons, Rams ownership announced that Jeff Fisher was fired effective immediately and that John Fassel would take over in the interim with just under 80 hours to prepare for their rivalry game with the Seahawks on a short week.

  • The Rams are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against the Seahawks and 3-0 SU in their last 3.
  • The Seahawks are 7-0 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games after a loss.
  • The Rams are 0-7 SU and 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as underdog.

There is, however, plenty of solace in this one for Rams bettors as teams who fire their coaches mid-season have a lot more success than you’d expect. Last season, three teams – the Titans, Eagles and Dolphins – fired their coaches and brought in an interim guy. All three of those teams won and covered their next games and all of them – coincidentally enough – were road underdogs.

If you parlay that trend with the Rams’ success over the Seahawks the last two seasons, it makes this a tough game to cap. The line for the Thursday nighter opened at 14 points but moved to 15 with the Fisher news. If it closes at 14 points or more, it will be the largest spread we’ve seen in the NFL this season.

All of this said, the Seahawks are the far superior team and have been one of the best second-half bets in the NFL the past few years. Another loss to the Rams would be a tough one for Pete Carroll to swallow not even a week after being on the receiving end of a beatdown at the hands of the Packers.

The Seahawks have been inconsistent in 2016 but have not posted consecutive losses since they faltered to Cam Newton and the Panthers in Week 6 last year. This is the same team that went into Foxborough in Week 11 and beat the Patriots as 6-point underdogs. In a perfect world, Russell Wilson and the ’Hawks would pound the Rams but as the NFL proves week after week, anything can happen in a divisional rivalry game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks, including Bovada, had set the Seattle Seahawks as -13-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was hovering around 40.5 earlier in the week (check for the current over-under lines at MyBookie).

Odds Shark football prediction models picked a 31-10 result in favor of the Seahawks on Thursday. Check the matchup report for any updates or pick revisions before kickoff. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Seattle Seahawks sport a record of 8-4-1 and 6-6-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Los Angeles Rams sit at 4-9 and 4-8-1 ATS on the season. The over under totals records are 7-6 for the Seahawks and 5-8 for the Rams. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Seattle vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Seattle Seahawks sit at No. 8 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Los Angeles Rams are at No. 29 on that chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Seattle's No. 22-ranked offense, averaging 21.08 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 19 this week at 23.38 PPG. The Seahawks aerial game is averaging 253.46 yards per game, more than the Rams secondary allows through the air, 230.15 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Los Angeles Rams own the league's No. 28-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 130.33 yards per game when on the road. Seattle, on the other hand, rates No. 20 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Los Angeles didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Falcons as Atlanta blasted them 42-14 in Week 14 action.

Seattle didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Packers as Green Bay blasted them 38-10 in Week 14 action.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 1-7-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Los Angeles is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Los Angeles's last 25 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Seattle is 15-6-1 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games
  • Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to San Francisco, Saturday, December 24th
Seattle home to Arizona, Saturday, December 24th