Monday, June 27

Rams vs Seahawks Odds, Prediction, Betting Trends for NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’

When the Seahawks host the Rams to open NFL Week 5 on “Thursday Night Football” (8:20 pm ET Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video), it will be two teams trying to strengthen their positions in a tough game. NFC West race. Seattle (2-2) just won a division game in San Francisco to jump to third place, while Los Angeles (3-1) fell to second place after losing to Arizona.

The Seahawks and Rams were the West’s representatives in the 2020 NFC playoffs. Seattle won the division at 12-4, but Los Angeles, 10-6, won their wild-card matchup.

The stakes are high early this season for both teams. Here’s everything you need to know about the Rams vs. Seahawks betting in Week 5, including updated odds, trends, and our prediction for “Thursday Night Football.”

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Rams vs Seahawks odds for ‘Thursday Night Football’

  • Spread: Rams by 2.5
  • Below: 54.5
  • Moneyine: Rams -142, Seahawks +120

The line has grown a bit in favor of the Rams in what is essentially a game of choice. The Seahawks are in a strong family position as home underdogs in night games.

(betting odds for FanDuel sports betting)

Rams vs Seahawks all-time series

The Seahawks have a small 25-22 lead. They have had limited encounters because Seattle used to play in the AFC, but they have met twice a season since 2002. The Rams won January 30-20 and have won three of the last four games. They have also won six of eight in the series. The Seahawks won at home last regular season and in 2019 on a Thursday night.

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Three trends to know

A whopping 72 percent of bettors believe the Seahawks will win and they will win with at least one field goal as minor underdogs.

—Although both defenses have had recent problems, 72 percent of bettors also think the total points are too high above 50 points.

—The Seahawks are 6-4 up and 4-6 against the margin in their last 10 games, including the playoffs. The total has been exceeded in just 3 of those games. The Rams are 6-4 SU at 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games. The total has exceeded 6 times in that period.

Three things to look at

Which pass defense will be worse?

The Rams have allowed an average of 273.2 yards per game, which ranks 25th in the NFL. The Seahawks have allowed an average of 292.5 yards per game, putting them at No. 28. Quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson are destined for a game that boils down to the last possession in the fourth quarter.

Which team will run the ball the best?

The Seahawks are the worst rushing defense in the NFL, allowing an average of 152 yards rushing in the first month. The Rams are 21st with 123.5 rushing yards allowed. Seattle improved tremendously against San Francisco, while Los Angeles was brought down by Arizona. Chris Carson (neck) is sick for the Seahawks and Darrell Henderson (rib) is back from injury. A balanced attack will also take pressure off the quarterbacks and keep defenses off the field.

Which defensive playmakers will step up?

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The Rams have Aaron Donald up front and Jalen Ramsey closing things off at cornerback. The Seahawks have linebacker Bobby Wagner and safety Jamal Adams in their last seven. But everything surrounding the team’s established stars is breaking down. In a game where possessions and points will be a prize, a leading force from any of the quarterbacks would be enormous.

Statistics that matter

111.7 and 9-1. That’s the brilliant passer rating and team record for Wilson’s starting Thursday games during his career. It plays well all the time, but is particularly marked for short week games. He also has a 29-8 run under the lights in the regular season and 23-11-1 in October.

Rams vs Seahawks prediction

The Rams seem like the best team overall on paper. But this NFC West race isn’t destined to have a runaway winner, and the Seahawks tend to get the best of themselves with Wilson when it’s needed most. Last week against the 49ers was only part of the equation. The Seahawks feed off their crowd and emotions to slam the door or complete a late comeback.

Seahawks 31, Rams 27

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