Seattle Seahawks vs. Rams odds and prediction for NFL Week 15 game
By Jake Luppino
Week 14 features a huge matchup between division rivals in the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. Both teams are coming off big wins and will look to continue that momentum into the home stretch of the season. For the Seahawks, they just beatdown on the Texans en route to winning their second straight game. While the Rams were able to inch closer to the divisional title with a win over the Cardinals.
In Week 14, both of these teams were able to find an offensive rhythm. Over the last month or so, Matthew Stafford was in a slump. His poor decision-making was resulting in numerous turnovers causing a three-game losing skid for Los Angeles. On the flip side, ever since Russell Wilson returned from injury, the offense could barely muster a touchdown in a single game. Recently, Seattle was able to record back-to-back 30+ scoring affairs while the Rams just hung 30 points on a top 5 defense in Arizona.
These two rivals now turn their attention towards one another in a game that has a lot on the line. Los Angeles is now just one game out of the division and the number 1 seed in the conference. Seattle on the other hand has won two straight and is now only 1 game back from the final Wild Card spot. Although the Rams have been dealing with COVID issues since Tuesday, you should expect a hard-fought battle come Sunday.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams Odds Week 15
Earlier in the week, Los Angeles was nearly favored by a touchdown. But, ever since the COVID breakout within their organization, the line has moved. Nonetheless, the WynnBet betting odds still have the Rams as a -4.5 point favorite. Los Angeles has -210 moneyline odds with Seattle at +180. The over/under for total points is set at 45.5 (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Betting the spread: If one were to bet on the Seahawks (+4.5), in order to win, they’d have to lose by 4 points or less or just flat out win the game.
Betting the moneyline: If one were to bet on the Seahawks (+180), they would have to win. For every $100 bet, you win $180.
Seahawks vs. Rams Week 15
The first time these two teams met back in Week 5, Russell Wilson sustained a finger injury that caused him to miss 3 starts. The Rams got the best of the Seahawks that night and won their second straight game in Seattle. Now, the Rams are presented with a chance to put an end to this Seahawks season and send them into an offseason that will be filled with more questions than answers. But, as long as number 3 is on the other sideline, certainly anything is possible.
KEY TO THIS GAME: Decisive Decisions
It is no secret that ever since Sean McVay took over as the Rams coach, he’s had success against Seattle. A large part of that is due to the nightmares that Aaron Donald gives the Seahawks offensive linemen. Far too many times has this Seattle team fallen out of a rhythm due to a ferocious Rams front. Although, 12s should come into this game with some optimism as Shane Waldron has done a good job of getting the ball out of Wilson’s hands quickly.
For the Seattle Seahawks to win this game, Russell Wilson is going to have to be decisive with the football. That means we should see a game plan similar to that of Week 13 against the Niners where the average release time of Wilson was around 2.2 seconds – 3rd quickest around the NFL that weekend – and his average completion was for about 4 yards. Obviously, if the run game gets going, that will make life easier. But, in going up against the team with the 4th most sacks (36), a quick-release can make or break drives.
Defensively, the Seattle Seahawks need to once again focus on stopping the run. Sean McVay was able to snap his losing streak by getting the ground game rolling and building off that with the play-action game. As crazy as this may sound, the Seahawks need to make Matthew Stafford beat them with his arm. In the first matchup, Seattle was able to get big stops and even cause a turnover. Even though they ultimately lost, the Seahawks played well enough to win and that was without Russell Wilson for the majority of the second half.
Perhaps, the Achilles heel of this Rams team is lack of physicality. Being the more desperate team, the Seattle Seahawks need to treat this game as a street fight. They must be physical up front on both sides of the ball and continually punch the Rams in the mouth. Rashaad Penny once again will be presented with a chance to show off his potential. I am putting my faith in Russell Wilson to beat the Rams late in the season as he did last year in a 28-24 game.