Coming off a huge divisional win over the San Fransisco 49ers, the Seattle Seahawks face another familiar foe on a short week. With their backs against the wall, Seattle answered the bell in Week 4 on the road with a dominant second half performance on both sides of the ball. Their counterparts, the Los Angeles Rams, are looking to bounce back as they are coming off a disappointing loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
It was no secret coming into the season that the NFC West was once again going to be the best division in the NFL. Arizona has definitely caught the league by storm as they remain the only undefeated team standing. But, there is still much more football left to be played. While many would hesitate to call a Week 5 game a must-win, in the eyes of many 12s, Seattle now is entering their second straight must-win game.
This Seahawks-Rams game will feature two hungry teams who have developed quite the beef with one another over the last year. Although they have always been rivals, the Rams remember quite well Jamal Adams pulling out a cigar at his press conference after their Week 16 win sealing the NFC West. So much so that the Rams told the Seahawks players to “enjoy Cabo” after defeating them in the Wild Card Round.
What better way to kick off Week 5 with an intense divisional game featuring two teams looking to stay alive early on in the NFC West.
Seahawks vs Rams Odds Week 5
The Week 5 betting odds on WynnBet have the Seattle Seahawks as underdogs now in back-to-back weeks. Seattle currently sits at +2.5 underdogs (same as last week). The Rams have -140 moneyline odds, with Seattle at +120. The over/under for total points in the game is set at 54 (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Seahawks vs Rams Prediction Week 5
A win over the Rams will propel the Seahawks to a 3-2 record and more importantly, push them into second place of the NFC West. Nonetheless, they have a tall task ahead as it seems that Coach McVay has Coach Carroll’s number. Oftentimes, we’ve heard Wilson in his post-game discuss the critical ability to stay the course and find a way to win the game. Essentially stating that the team needs to be adverse enough to overcome certain odds. Well, the odds are certainly against them in this game.
KEY TO THE GAME: Ability to slow down the Rams pass rush.
Outside of the Week 4 first half performance, the Seattle Seahawks offensive line has actually done an adequate job protecting Russell Wilson. One of the key factors in slowing down a teams pass rush is establishing the run. With Chris Carson a little banged up, the Seahawks will have to rely on the legs of Alex Collins.
But, Seahawks fans know all too well that the Rams pass rush is still haunting Seattle from last year. Aaron Donald is an all-world talent, yet it was Leonard Floyd who got the best of this Seahawks offensive line last year. Establishing the run will be a critical element in this game. Seattle may need to line up under center more often and incorporate more play actions.
Keep in mind this is a revenge game for Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. He may actually be able to help the Seahawks prep for this game on both sides of the ball. Regardless, he will have to be on his A-game to keep this Seahawks offense on the field for a long time.
Despite Russell Wilson’s impressive 9-1 record on Thursday Night, I have the Rams winning this game. Seattle got pretty banged up in Week 4 and I think that has an effect on this team on Thursday Night Football. Ramsey against Metcalf and Donald along with Floyd up front might be too much for this Seattle team to handle. Remember, Los Angeles is coming off a letdown against Arizona. Matthew Stafford wasn’t as great in that game and it could very well be credited to the fact that Los Angeles put a lot into their Week 3 matchup with Tampa Bay.
I see the Los Angeles Rams winning on the road against the Seattle Seahawks, 27-17.