Finally a Thursday Night Football matchup that is going to spark some interest. We had the solid season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but haven’t had an exciting matchup on paper since then. The Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks provide something to look forward to at least. Even if I wasn’t betting on the game, this is one I’d be watching regardless.
Huge night for us. Bigger night for the NFC West.
— NFL (@NFL) October 6, 2021
The Seahawks are coming off an impressive win on the road to advance to 2-2 on the season. The week before, the Seahawks collapsed after a promising start in Minnesota against the Vikings. They seemingly just stopped playing and a lead in the first-half turned into a 30-17 loss. The Seahawks failed to score a point after halftime.
We’ve seen the best and the worst of the Seahawks this season so far. For a team that is typically one of the more consistent in the league, the Seahawks have been up and down. They haven’t been able to keep up with the red-hot Arizona Cardinals who are the only team in the NFC West without a loss.
The Rams suffered their first loss last week against the Cardinals. Arizona had no problems going into SoFi Stadium and leaving with a 37-20 win. It was a disappointing performance for the Rams’ defense. We’ll see if they can bounce back, but it’s not a simple assignment on the road in Seattle. Head below for our free Rams vs. Seahawks prop bets for October 7, 2021. You can find our game pick on the total at TheSportsGeek as well.
Matthew Stafford Total Passing Yards
Matthew Stafford and the offense didn’t look on the same page last week. Despite most of the blame going to their defense for the loss, the Rams’ offense was very vanilla.
Stafford still passed for 280 yards with 2 touchdowns, but a bad interception was the most erroneous thing that stuck out.
This was a week after Stafford torched the Buccaneers’ defense for 343 yards and 4 touchdowns. It seems it only takes one game for people to jump off the bandwagon.
Stafford went from MVP to nothing in only a week? Let’s look at the full picture and find that he’s passed for 1,222 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions on 68.1% passing.
It’s not smart to react to the financial markets too hastily after one bad day, and the same goes for a quarterback that has a “bad” day. Again, Stafford wasn’t bad by any means, and that was considered a down outing for the offense.
He hasn’t been at his best against the Seahawks in his career. Stafford has passed for 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions with 267 passing yards per game in four games. However, he’s had to play against some much better defenses than this current unit in Seattle.
The Seahawks are dead last in the NFL with 444.5 yards allowed per game, which includes 292.5 yards against the pass.
In a bounce back performance in primetime, expect Stafford to get back to putting up big numbers. He likely passes for around 330 to 350 yards to get OVER this prop.
Cooper Kupp Total Receptions
It’s been abundantly clear who Matthew Stafford’s favorite wideout on this team is. It didn’t take long at all for him to get into a rhythm with Cooper Kupp.
The sure handed and trusty receiver had 7 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears.
Stafford looked at Kupp even more against the Indianapolis Colts the following week. Kupp came back with 9 receptions, 163 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
On the season in total, Kupp’s recorded 30 receptions, 431 yards, and 5 touchdowns. He has averaged 7.5 receptions per game this season.
Jared Goff liked going to Kupp as well. Kupp had 94 receptions for 1,161 yards in 2019, and then he came back last year with 92 receptions and 974 yards.
In a week that the Rams didn’t get their offense fully going last week, Kupp still had 5 receptions and 64 yards.
I’m confident in the Rams’ offense coming back with a big showing, and Kupp should play a role in that. At least 7 or 8 receptions looks reachable.
D.K. Metcalf Longest Reception
The Seahawks have been off the mark defensively this season, but I don’t believe anyone thought they were going to some kind of elite defense.
When it comes to the Rams, they have been more disappointing in my view. Yes, I could see them coming back and locking things down later in the season when games matter the most.
However, the Rams have allowed 396.8 yards per game through four weeks. There are only five teams worse, including the Seahawks, than the Rams in yards allowed this season.
This isn’t expected from the Rams’ defense. I’m favoring a high-scoring game in Seattle, so I could see D.K. Metcalf having a productive evening.
Metcalf has hauled in 20 receptions for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns through four outings. He’s not on his 2020 pace, but clearly still a serious weapon for the Seahawks.
Metcalf has averaged 14.3 yards per reception this season. That’s well above average in the NFL. In three games this season, Metcalf has made a reception for at least 28 yards. It’s hard not to see him grabbing a catch for more than 23 yards in this one.