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St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
When: Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8:25 PM ET
Line: St. Louis Rams (+15) vs. Seattle Seahawks (-15); total: 38.0 – view all NFL lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Writer’s Pick: Seattle (-15) wins, 31-13
The Rams seem to have no damn idea how to run a football team. Their decision-making, especially lately, can be used to demonstrate everything a football organization SHOULD NOT DO to avoid burning its house down. But at least the Rams’ higher-ups finally came to their senses and knocked the snot that was Jeff Fisher off their team.
With a new coach (interim) in John Fassel, the Rams will look to start the post-Jeff Fisher era with a victory against the Seattle Seahawks, nonetheless. The Rams have played ugly football, particularly on offense—highlighted best by their current four-game skid in which they averaged just 13.8 points.
The Seahawks and their stingy defense isn’t the most ideal opponent for a team like the Rams, who, aside from being worst in the league in scoring offense (14.9 PPG), is looking to rise from the rubbles left behind by someone like Fisher. That’s not to say that the Rams’ offense is completely dead, however. They still have talented pieces in Todd Gurley and Tavon Austin, who can cause trouble to Seattle, which is third in the league with opponents averaging just 17.8 PPG. And their defense can be pretty hard to crack at times. In fact, they held the Seahawks to just a field goal in Los Angeles’ 9-3 win at home back in Week 2.
Seattle is coming off an embarrassing 38-10 loss to Green Bay on Sunday. Russell Wilson was utterly bad against the Packers, throwing five interceptions and getting sacked three times. He finished with 240 passing yards (22/39) with a touchdown but that’s clearly not enough for people to forget his sins in that game. Unlike in the first meeting with the Rams, the Seahawks now have Thomas Rawls in the backfield. Rawls has played well since his return from injury. He has 173 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his last two outings.
Where to Watch
Catch Thursday night’s football action on NBC. You can also follow the game live by subscribing to NFL Game Pass.
The Rams are 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three games against Seattle.
The Rams are 2-1 ATS in their last three games as underdogs by at least eight points.
The Seahawks are 9-1 SU (6-3-1 ATS) in their last 10 home games.
The Seahawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games against the Rams.
Seattle (-15) wins, 31-13
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