We have been red-hot with our NFL selections of late here at TheSportsGeek, and we are going to try and keep the train rolling as we enter a busy Sunday of Week 10 action.
To kick things off, we will begin with a featured selection in the late afternoon slate, as the Seattle Seahawks head to Los Angeles to take on the Rams. The Rams have been rolling so far this season, until they ran into a buzzsaw Saints squad last week in New Orleans. They still comfortably sit atop the NFC West at 8-1, and know that gunning for the top overall seed come playoff time would be huge assuming they do meet New Orleans once again.
For the Seahawks, they’ll be entering this week at 4-4 – after losing recently to the L.A. Chargers. Seattle has been wildly inconsistent of late, and despite the fact that they’re battling injuries and aren’t what they used to be – seeing them as 10-point underdogs in any situation still seems surprising. The Seahawks just couldn’t keep pace at all with the Rams in their first encounter, but Pete Carroll surely has some tricks up his sleeve for Sean McVay and his divisional rivals.
This promises to be a great game today, and I wouldn’t expect the Seahawks just to roll over given the amount of pride and veteran leadership within that locker room. They will relish the challenge, so read on below for how the Seahawks can handle the Rams, as well as our official betting selection for this Week 10 divisional encounter.
Seahawks vs. Rams Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks +10 (-120)
@ Los Angeles Rams -10 (+100)
Over 50 (-117)
Under 50 (-103)
Seahawks vs. Rams Pick:
Jared Goff torched the Seahawks’ secondary the first time these teams met, and though it’s tough to truly stop the L.A. Rams’ heralded passing attack – the Seahawks are now a healthier group on might be better equipped to limit Los Angeles’ passing gains through the air.
Seattle has struggled all year with their cornerback play, but they do have elite safeties to offer up the necessary help in coverage. It is also worth noting that when these teams met earlier, Seahawks’ star linebacker K.J. Wright was out injured. With Wright back in the fold, the Seattle stop unit should pose a better threat to limiting Goff.
On the ground, the Seattle run defense should also be pretty stout. Todd Gurley is a dominant runner, and despite all of his touchdowns against the Seahawks the first time around – he actually only ran for 77 yards. This was one of his lowest outputs of the season, and look for Seattle to again be able to replicate that with Wright back on the field. With them limiting Gurley, expect the Seahawks to focus much of their attention on the passing game.
As has been shown in recent weeks, the Rams too have big coverage issues. Russell Wilson shredded them through the air in the first meeting, and that’s only going to get magnified this week. Aqib Talib remains out injured, and Marcus Peters isn’t himself. The Pro-Bowler is clearly still battling injuries, and as a result look for Doug Baldwin to have himself a great game on Sunday afternoon. Seattle should also be able to use their carousel of running backs to their advantage in this contest. Los Angeles’ linebackers have struggled this year at stifling the run game, and Chris Carson and Mike Davis are both effective enough as pass-catchers that they can burn the Rams in multiple ways when they have the ball.
The Rams are great, and they’re exceptionally well-coached, but as we saw last week this team does have limitations and weaknesses. Right now, they aren’t 8-1 great, and look for Seattle to show that again this week. The spread is just too high, and while the Seahawks may not pull off the outright victory upset, they have the pieces to keep things tight. They lost to the Rams a few weeks ago by just two points, proving they can hang with the best. Back the Seahawks to keep things tight in Week 10.
PICK = Seahawks +10 (-120)