Beano’s Bet Builder: Rams Defense To Keep Seahawks In Check

Rams defense can stifle Wilson and company to allow Stafford to produce against a leaky Seattle secondary.

Match up

We dont often find Thursday night games to be as enticing as this one. Two high flying NFC teams clash and both have expectations to be in the playoffs come January. These teams met in the Wild Card clash last season with the Rams coming out on top. The Seahawks seem to be showing similar traits to last season with a high scoring offense and a leaky defense. The Rams are now in a new world with QB Matthew Stafford making them legitimate favourites within the NFC. This game will go a long way to deciding who wins the division along with trying to keep up with the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals.

Rams

The Los Angeles Rams were well beaten by Arizona on Sunday in their first loss of the season. We can expect to see a fired up team looking to make a statement here. New quarterback Matthew Stafford has been lighting it up with the offense, having already thrown 11 touchdown passes (the second-most in the league), and running riot against defenses with the help of wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

Kupp has the third-most receiving yards in the NFL and has caught the most touchdown passes so far this season. That offensive unit now gets to take on a Seahawks team who have allowed at least 322 passing yards in each of their last three games. They have also given up the most rushing yards in the NFL. Given LA’s strength through the air and running back Darrell Henderson’s solid start to the season they are justified favourites here.

 

Seahawks

The Seahawks offense has also looked strong, but they are yet to face a defense as good as the Rams’ and they could struggle. A lot of pressure is put on Seattle’s offense to deliver and if they fail to do so then they usually lose, as shown in their 30-17 defeat to Minnesota a couple of weeks ago.

Even then, offense sometimes isn’t enough, as the 33-30 overtime loss to Tennessee highlighted. Expect the Rams defense to pacify the Seahawks for long enough to outscore them and come away with the win.

Verdict

The over has won in each of the Rams’ last six games and with Seattle playing explosive offense I dont see that changing tonight. I expect LA to rebound off their loss last week and to have too much for the Seahawks. Seattle are yet to see their defense show anything resembling the days of ‘the legion of boom’ and will struggle here.

SRD Selections:

Rams -2.5

Over 54.5 points

Darrell Henderson Anytime TD

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