The NFC West will be on full display for Thursday Night Football as the Los Angeles Rams (3-1) take on the Seattle Seahawks (2-2). The Seahawks will host this one at Lumen Field, with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 pm ET.
The Rams are trying to bounce back after a 37-20 loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. In the loss, Matthew Stafford threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns while Van Jefferson had 90 yards receiving and a score.
While the Rams lost to an NFC West rival last week, the Seahawks beat one. Seattle beat the 49ers 28-21 behind 149 yards passing and two touchdowns from Russell Wilson.
The Rams are the favorite in this one despite playing on the road. They are -142 to win while the Seahawks’ moneyline sits at +120. The spread features Seattle +2.5 (-110), and the over/under for total points is 54.5.
In a loaded NFC West, the Rams have the second-best odds of winning the division at +190. The Seahawks have the third-best odds at +400.
In terms of the Super Bowl, the Rams have the third-best odds to win it all at +1000. The Seahawks are +2400 to win Super Bowl LVI.
By The Numbers
In their last eight games against the Seahawks, the Rams are an impressive 6-2. The total has gone over in the Rams’ last six games overall and in five of their last six road games.
For Seattle, they are 2-4 against the spread over their last six games. Despite that, they are 7-3 overall in their last ten home games.
Rams Trying To Get Defense Back On Track
Uncharacteristically, the Rams have struggled lately on the defensive side as they have allowed 61 points over the last couple of weeks. They currently rank 18th in the NFL as they are allowing 24.8 points per game.
Offensively, quarterback Matthew Stafford has been everything they envisioned when they acquired him this offseason. He has thrown for 1,222 yards, 11 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. The offensive line has also done well as he has been sacked just three times.
Through the air, Cooper Kupp has been Stafford’s favorite receiver. Through four games, he has 30 receptions for 431 yards and five touchdowns.
Seattle Hoping To Regain 12th Man Advantage
The Seahawks have long been known for having a significant advantage when playing at home, but in their lone home game this season, they lost 33-30 to the Titans. On Thursday, they will try to pick up their first home win.
The team is led by veteran quarterback Russell Wilson. This season, he has thrown for 1,044 yards, nine touchdowns, and he has yet to be intercepted. Of some concern, though, is the fact he has been sacked 11 times in just four games.
Wilson has also rushed 15 times for 58 yards to start the season. The lead rusher is Chris Carson, who has rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Suffering from a neck injury, Carson is questionable to play Thursday night.
If he can’t play, the featured back would be Alex Collins, who has rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown this season.
Through the air, Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf have been Wilson’s best receivers. Lockett has 333 yards receiving, while Metcalf has 285 yards. Both have scored three touchdowns in the early going.
Defensively, Seattle ranks tied for 19th in scoring defense, allowing 25 points per game.
Taking Rams To Win
After losing Cam Akers early on, the Rams have undoubtedly been a pass-first team. That could be bad news for the Seahawks.
Entering play Thursday, Seattle ranks 28th in passing defense as they are allowing 292.5 yards per game. If they can’t make adjustments, Matthew Stafford may be in store for a big game.
With both teams playing on a short week, it will be interesting to see how they respond Thursday night. Still, the smart money is on the Rams to bounce back from their first loss last week and to pick up their fourth win Thursday.
Take the Rams to win.