In a battle for first place in the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks (6-2) will be taking on the Los Angeles Rams (5-3) Sunday afternoon at SoFi Stadium. This is the first time that these two teams will be playing each other as they both try to get back into the win column.
Last week, the Seahawks lost 44-34 to the Buffalo Bills on the road. MVP candidate quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t have his best game, tossing two interceptions. But he still kept his team in the game, throwing for 390 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson also had a rushing touchdown.
However, the Seahawks’ defense could not get stop Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who completed 31-of-38 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns. Seattle’s pass defense has struggled tremendously this season and could be the reason why they end up not winning the division.
As for the Rams, they are coming off a bye week after losing 28-17 in Week 8 to the Miami Dolphins. In that game, fifth-year quarterback Jared Goff imploded, tossing a touchdown and two interceptions.
This season, Goff is completing 65.5 percent of his passes for 2,145 yards, 13 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Can he turn it around and help out his defense, which has played well for the most part?
We’ll see. Let’s take a look to see how the sports bettors are picking this divisional battle. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Seahawks are coming into Sunday’s matchup as a 2.5-point underdog, with most of the bets siding with them. Currently, 84% of the bets are on Seattle to cover along with 72% of the handle.
Is the public right? Yes, it is hard to bet against Russell Wilson, who is playing at an MVP level this season. Over his career, Wilson has a record of 7-9 against the Rams but is 23-9 when playing football in November.
In regards to the Rams, they are 2-4 against the spread in their last six games. Sunday’s game will come down to if the Seahawks’ defense can create pressure on Goff and keep receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods in front of them. That’s going to be a challenging task without starting cornerback Shaquil Griffin, who is still out with a concussion.
The point total for this NFC West battle is set at 54.5. Majority of the public believes the over will hit, with 77% of the bets and 90% of the handle.
Is the public right? Without a doubt. As we previously mentioned, the Seahawks’ defense has not played well this season, especially on the road. In their last two road games against the Bills and Cardinals, Seattle’s defense gave up 44 and 34 points respectively. This bodes well for a Rams’ offense that is only averaging 20.3 points per game at home. That being said, if the Seahawks get down early, expect them to be throwing a lot with Wilson.
The Seahawks’ moneyline odds are set +128 with the Rams at -148. 89% of the bets are with the underdog Seattle plus 91% of the handle.
Is the public right? Yes. Even though the Seahawks’ defense has been downright horrible this season, which quarterback do you trust with the game on the line? Wilson or Goff? The answer is Wilson, who is capable of making the impossible happening.
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