An exciting Week 14 of NFL action concludes Monday Night with two teams merely playing out the remainder of their respective seasons. Entering 2011, both the Rams and Seahawks would’ve expected better things out of their campaign, but it has yet to materialize and time is running out. St. Louis, with the upstart Sam Bradford and a good young squad surrounding him, definitely expected to improve this season, but their regression has certainly prompted many to wonder about the direction of the Rams franchise. Conversely, the Seahawks have struggled to mirror last season’s miracle playoff run, and like their division rivals from St. Louis, they too will likely be on the outside looking in come post-season time.
That said, the games still must be played and at the moment these two teams remain in different leagues. The Rams, aside from the winless Indianapolis Colts, have in all likelihood been one of the worst teams this season. Sitting at a 2-10 record heading into this game, they’re looking at a very high draft pick and perhaps mass changes in the off-season. The team lost quarterback A.J. Feeley in his last start, and with Bradford still banged up, may need to resort to third-string QB Tom Brandstater. Bradford is officially listed as questionable, and will likely be a true game-time decision for the Rams.
Seattle has been a wildly inconsistent team all season. Losing games they shouldn’t have, and winning road games against premier teams, the Seahawks are tough to figure out. One thing is for certain, they are a completely different squad when playing in the friendly confines of their home stadium. Seattle is known for their raucous fans and crazy atmosphere, and the “12th man” should play a huge role under the Monday Night lights. Marshawn Lynch has been a beast of late at the running back position for Seattle, and will look to add to his stellar totals against the league’s worst rush defense.
Rams vs. Seahawks Spread, Line, and Betting Odds:
St. Louis Rams +10 (-110)
@ Seattle Seahawks -10 (-110)
Over 37 (-110)
Under 37 (-110)
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Rams at Seahawks Pick:
Though it remains an immense longshot, the Seahawks think they are still fighting for a playoff spot. While it is possible, Seattle needs a lot of favours along the way, but a convincing win against the Rams sure would help. They’ve been one of the better teams in the NFL of late, and a large part of their success has been the re-emergence of Marshawn Lynch. He has simply run all over teams in his past few starts, and the former Bills star is proving to the league he can enter the discussion as an elite back. Against the league’s worst rush defense, expect head coach Pete Carroll to entrust Lynch with the victory on Monday evening. Tarvaris Jackson is erratic at quarterback, and incredibly error-prone. The Seahawks know the key to a 6-7 record, will be the legs of Lynch. He’s posted five consecutive 100-yard performances and against the Rams rush defense which allows an average of 158 yards a game, it should be a field day for the man dubbed ‘Beast Mode.’
Seattle has taken 12 of the past 13 games in this series and will likely extend that streak on Monday. Though they should win, laying double-digits with this team is a scary proposition due to their inconsistent nature. While they will control the game and its tempo, expect a very run-heavy approach from Seattle allowing valuable seconds from the game clock to run off. Seattle will dominate this match-up, and will control the time of possession. St. Louis at the moment is the league’s worst offense, and after getting shut out last week, don’t expect much more from a team that could be without Sam Bradford. Look for Seattle to put up points while killing the clock, and St. Louis to continue their embarrassing offensive ineptitude in a low-scoring Monday Night contest.