The St. Louis Rams (2-10) and Seattle Seahawks (5-7) will close out Week 14 on Monday Night Football inside CenturyLink Field.
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks
St. Louis is suffering through a terrible 2011 NFL season and comes off a 26-0 shutout loss to the San Francisco 49ers as 14-point road underdogs. The Rams have lost three games in a row, getting out-gained by triple-digits in each contest.
It’s going to be very tough for the squad to turn things around in the Pacific Northwest, getting outscored by a 114-25 margin in its last four visits to Seattle. “We just can’t seem to put anything together,” commented Rams backup quarterback A.J. Feeley.
Signal-caller Sam Bradford is currently listed as questionable in this contest, suffering from an ankle injury that has already caused him to miss some time earlier this year. He played in the earlier meeting that resulted in a 24-7 loss as three-point home favorites, throwing for 181 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
Running back Steven Jackson will need to have a big game in order to pull off the upset in prime time, but he’s been limited to averaging 41.6 rushing yards during the team’s three-game skid. The former Oregon State Beavers star has also been limited to 3.5 yards per carry in his last seven chances against the Seahawks.
Bettors will find that the Rams are 1-5 ATS on the road this year and the ‘under’ is 5-1 in that particular situation.
Seattle has been playing great football of late in winning three of four games, but the team has yet to cover a game as a favorite this season. The Seahawks dropped a 23-17 contest as three-point home favorites two weeks back in their only opportunity.
Fans that step inside CenturyLink Field will be going nuts as the team makes its first Monday Night Football appearance since the 2007 campaign. The Seahawks registered a 24-0 win in that particular affair versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Second-year head coach Pete Carroll has said his team is preparing to face Bradford defensively, but it’s important to note that third-string quarterback Tom Brandstater has been taking a majority of the snaps for the rams.
Offensively, Seattle will look to get the running game going, especially after banging out 126 yards on the ground against St. Louis in the first meeting. The team has averaged 164.5 rushing yards on the ground during its six-game home winning streak in this series.
Bettors will likely back the Seahawks due to their 8-2 ATS mark as a home favorite of 3.5 to 10 points, while the Rams are 0-5 ATS as an underdog in the same point range.
Recommendation: Seattle Seahawks -10
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