This was a game that figured to have a major impact on the NFC playoff seedings when the schedule came out. That is still the case for the Los Angeles Rams but is not so for the Seattle Seahawks
Seattle has finished either first or second in the NFC West in each of the last nine seasons, but currently is in last place with a 5-8 record four games, behind the Rams and 2½ games back of third-place San Francisco.
Shorthanded doesn’t seem like it fully covers what the Rams’ roster will look like at kickoff with more players being added to the reserve COVID-19 list on a daily basis. Linebacker Von Miller was the latest big name sidelined due to a positive COVID test. Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was among more than two dozen players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week, but he was activated to the roster along with running back Darrell Henderson and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
The Rams are listed at +160 behind Arizona (-200) in the odds to win the NFC West.
- Game: Seattle (5-8) at Los Angeles Rams (9-4)
- Location: SoFi Stadium
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET
- Television: FOX
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
The visiting Los Angeles Rams were listed by the NFL picks against the spread as 2½-point favorites against the Seattle Seahawks when the teams played on Oct. 7.
The Rams took their first lead on a Henderson touchdown run midway through the third quarter and a Matthew Stafford touchdown pass pushed the lead to nine by the end of the quarter.
DK Metcalf’s second TD catch of the game made it a two-point contest, but the Seahawks got no closer as the Rams won 26-17 to win for the fourth time in the last five meetings with Seattle and improve to 5-1 against the spread in the last six showdowns with the Seahawks.
The game went well under the 53½-point total.
Next game: vs. Chicago Bears
The visiting Seattle Seahawks were listed as nine-point favorites according to the NFL point spreads over the Houston Texans. The Texans only trailed by three at halftime before Russell Wilson had a short touchdown pass and Rashaad Penny added a 47-yard touchdown run to roll to the 33-13 victory.
Penny’s TD run put the game over the 42-point total. The loss eliminated Houston from playoff contention.
Receiver DK Metcalf (foot, back) missed practice time last week. Offensive linemen Gabe Jackson (knee), Brandon Shell (shoulder) have also missed practice along with safety Quandre Diggs (knee), linebacker Carlos Dunlap (quadriceps) as well as receivers Dee Eskridge (foot) and Freddie Swain (ankle). All three receivers are expected to play.
Injury report for Rams and Seahawks today. Rams didn’t practice again, but Brian Allen and AD would’ve been limited. Greg Gaines seems to be ok. pic.twitter.com/Vb7m8Ha6GC
— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) December 17, 2021
Los Angeles Rams
Next game: at Minnesota Vikings
The visiting Los Angeles Rams were listed as three-point underdogs according to the Las Vegas odds against the Arizona Cardinals. The game was tied twice in the first half, including the final time on a Matt Prater 53-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
A pair of Stafford touchdown passes in the third quarter gave the Rams the 14-point lead. Arizona pulled within seven points twice in the fourth quarter but the Rams held on for the 30-23 win to cover and pull within a game of the Cardinals in the NFC West Division.
The game went over the 51½-point total on a field goal by Prater with 37 seconds left to play.
Offensive lineman Brian Allen (knee) and defensive lineman Aaron Donald (knee) had limited practices last week. Defensive lineman Greg Gaines practiced on Thursday. Linebacker Von Miller is among the more than 20 Rams on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Nine more Rams go on the COVID list: Rams placed LB Von Miller, T Tremayne Anchrum Jr., DB Antoine Brooks Jr., G Bobby Evans, DB Jake Gervase, LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DB Kareem Orr, LB Troy Reeder, LB Christian Rozeboom on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 17, 2021
Betting on the Game
Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford had eight seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards with the Detroit Lions. He needs 102 to hit that mark in his first season with the Rams. Los Angeles is 5-1 when he throws for at least 300 yards.
Safety Jordan Fuller is the leading tackler for the Rams while defensive tackle Aaron Donald has recorded his fifth straight season with at least 10 sacks.
Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner leads the NFL with 152 tackles and he has nine games with at least 10 tackles.
The days of Seattle’s dominating Legion of Doom defense seem like ancient history. Seattle has given up more yards per game (394.9) than any other NFL team and is also last in passing yards allowed per game.
Seattle has covered in just one of its last six games against the Rams and those who bet online are putting money down on the Rams continuing that trend.
The total has gone under in 11 of Los Angeles’ last 14 home games and in four of the last five games against Seattle.