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Rams, Seahawks Meet In De Facto NFC West Title Game

Yes, there are still three weeks left in the season. Yes, the winner of Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks does not automatically clinch the NFC West crown. But that does not mean that this game is not the most important of the season for both teams. The Rams currently hold a one-game lead in the division but the Seahawks already hold a victory over LA earlier this season, which means the winner this Sunday is in the driver’s seat in the NFC West.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the past 11 games between the Rams and Seahawks.
  • The Seahawks are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games after a loss.
  • The Rams have not lost back-to-back games once this season.

Playing in Seattle has been kryptonite for the Rams for more than a decade, as the team has gone 1-11 SU and 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games in the Emerald City. That being said, the Rams are 5-1 on the road this season while the Seahawks are 4-2 at CenturyLink Field.

The Rams struggled mightily against the Seahawks when they first met this year, as LA scored just 10 points. Quarterback Jared Goff specifically had issues – it is the only game all season in which the sophomore signal-caller threw multiple interceptions. However, the Seahawks secondary has had a rash of injury issues since then and will field several new faces for Goff and head coach Sean McVay to attack.

It might not always be pretty but the Seahawks are still winning football games. And though the taped-together defense is doing the job admirably – the Seahawks are eighth in points allowed – Seattle is winning football games thanks to Russell Wilson. The quarterback and MVP contender has been a one-man show, accounting for 32 of the team’s 33 offensive touchdowns this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The point spread was settled in at -1.5 for the host Seattle Seahawks earlier in the week, according to Bovada. The OVER/UNDER betting line was hovering around 48, with odds movement expected during the week at MyBookie.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game picked a 24-22 victory for the Seahawks. 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 Los Angeles Rams will look to cover ATS vs their hosts on Sunday, as they are 8-5 versus the spread this season, while the Seattle Seahawks are 5-7-1 ATS. Los Angeles is 7-5-1 against the OVER/UNDER total, while Seattle is 5-8 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Seattle vs Los Angeles injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Seahawks and the No. 4-ranked Rams, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Seattle's No. 10-ranked offense, averaging 24.18 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 7 this week at 18.73 PPG. The Seahawks aerial game is averaging 260.18 yards per game, more than the Rams secondary allows through the air, 212.45 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Rams feature the league's No. 29-rated road run defense, allowing 145.17 yards per game. The Seahawks, meanwhile, rank No. 13 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last gridiron battle, Cooper Kupp did much of the damage, producing 118 receiving yards but Philadelphia managed to defeat the Rams 43-35 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Seattle comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Russell Wilson in a losing cause against the Jaguars, a 30-24 final.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Seattle is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Seattle is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games
  • Seattle is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Tennessee, Sunday, December 24
Seattle at Dallas, Sunday, December 24