There is a full slate of NFL action on Sunday with 13 games on the schedule. The biggest game in the afternoon window is the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field makes for a really interesting matchup, but the Seahawks and Rams will take the spotlight. The Seahawks enter with a healthy record of 6-2, which sounds great and all, but the hype has seemed to die down a bit. The public is really fickle, so after the 37-34 loss against the Cardinals and 44-33 loss against the Bills last week, the bandwagon got lighter.
We already knew about the Seahawks’ defensive issues, though. Even when they were undefeated, it only felt like a matter of time before a game was going to be lost because of their defense. It’s happened twice in the last three weeks for the Seahawks. My opinion on the Seahawks remains the same as when they didn’t have a loss.
I think they’re a good team that can do something in the playoffs, but reaching the Super Bowl with their defense is a big ask. The Rams have the advantage defensively in this contest, though the Seahawks counter with a dangerous offense led by Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf. There is a lot to like about this matchup at SoFi Stadium. Head below for our free Seattle Seahawks vs. LA Rams prop picks for November 15, 2020.
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DK Metcalf Receiving Yards
Get the ball to DK Metcalf and good things tend to happen. The wide receiver that many passed on, including the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, Metcalf is developing into one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL. The Eagles and Patriots both needed a receiver, but they opted for JJ Arcega-Whiteside and N’Keal Harry instead of Metcalf. Ouch. I was somebody that followed Metcalf and AJ Brown closely in college and was surprised Metcalf wasn’t more highly regarded by scouts, so they can’t blame me.
Metcalf has racked up 43 receptions and 788 yards through eight games. He was silent three weeks ago against the Minnesota Vikings, as Metcalf let Tyler Lockett go wild for a game. I had Lockett on a prop in that game, so I was happy to see what transpired in that game. Metcalf got right back on track in his last two outings. Metcalf caught 12 receptions for 161 yards against the 49ers, and then followed up last week for 7 receptions and 108 yards against the Bills.
Those two efforts included 2 touchdowns against the 49ers and another score the following week. He’s registered at least 80 yards receiving seven of eight games this season. The only one that Metcalf didn’t go over 80 yards was in the Lockett game I mentioned above. Lockett was on another level against the Vikings, but Metcalf has been the most consistent receiver for the Seahawks. Expect Metcalf to grab more than 79 yards on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Gerald Everett Receiving Yards
Tight end Gerald Everett might not get too much recognition, but he’s been a nice outlet for Jared Goff in the passing game. He looks more like a wide receiver out there than anything else. Everett is not the biggest tight end in the league, that’s for sure. Everett continues to play more of a role in the offense with each passing week. With just 4 receptions through the first four games, Goff has been looking his way a lot more recently.
Everett has recorded at least 4 receptions in three of the Rams’ previous four games. He’s also had at least 3 receptions in four straight outings. Through the first three weeks, Everett received 5 targets from Goff. Since then, Everett has been targeted 22 times in four games. Everett has had 26+ receiving yards in those four games and in five of his previous six. Against a beatable Seattle defense, look for Everett to clear more than 26 yards.
Russell Wilson Rushing Yards
Rusell Wilson has been getting it done via the air and ground this season. He isn’t a run-first quarterback, but can take off and run if need be. Wilson has passed for 28 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 71.04% passing. He was the clear MVP front-runner earlier in the season, and while Wilson will still receive some votes, I think the race has gotten tighter in the past few weeks. In any event, it’s been a season to be proud of for Wilson.
The Seahawks have done a nice job protecting Wilson, but he must deal with Aaron Darnold and an aggressive Rams’ defense in Week 10. He was able to sit in the pocket last week against the Bills and move the ball effectively. That isn’t going to be the case in Los Angeles. He will have to move around and utilize his ability on the ground to find yards more so this week.
Wilson has gained 265 yards with a rushing touchdown with his legs in 2020. Note that Wilson has rushed for more than 20 yards in three of his last four outings, and in six of eight games this year. Expect Wilson to pick up more than 20 yards against a defense that will likely flush him out of the pocket often.