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Rams Seahawks Betting – NFC West Finale Is Oddly Important

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/29/2010 11:38:52 AM
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The St. Louis Rams and the `Seattle Seahawks will not post a winning record in 2010. Yet, their week 17 meeting will determine who wins the NFC West and hosts a playoff game.

NFL Betting: St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks

Online Betting Odds: St. Louis Rams -2.5

Why To Bet On The Rams

In an NFC West that has truly been the worst NFL division of all time (no division has been so pathetic across the board), the best reason to pick one team is clearly contained in its opponent’s deficiencies. There’s no reason to trust the Rams in this game, so the case for picking St. Louis is based entirely on identifying and then magnifying Seattle’s weaknesses.

The Seahawks have slogged through a mediocre year of football because of a shaky offensive line that can’t blow open massive holes for its stable of running backs. Seattle can’t overwhelm foes at the line of scrimmage or dominate at the point of attack. This means the Hawks must throw the ball to win, and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has not been up to the job. Hasselbeck committed bad red-zone turnovers in an early-season loss at Denver and then unleashed a flood of turnovers in recent disasters against the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons. Hasselbeck has shown none of the pocket presence that marked his sensational 2005 season, when Seattle made the only Super Bowl in the history of the franchise.

If Hasselbeck doesn’t clean up his ball security, St. Louis will win in Seattle. Playing on the road in front of a loud and hostile crowd won’t deter the Rams if the Seahawks continue to give away the pigskin.

Why To Bet On The Seahawks

The Seahawks, for all of their woes, could still win this game because they’re playing a very undistinguished opponent. St. Louis played an awful game in its Dec. 19 loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Rams’ receivers dropped several passes in one of the most inept displays of offense ever witnessed in 2010. The Rams are also failing to earn respect from opposing defenses, who are stacking the tackle box and daring the St. Louis receivers to make plays within the framework of a vertical passing game.

St. Louis has an anemic offense right now, and against the backdrop of Qwest Field, which will be very vocal on January 2, 2011, the Rams’ offense can’t be expected to do very much. The Seahawks’ offense doesn’t have to be prolific or overwhelming in this game. A solid and workmanlike 20-point performance with no more than one turnover (a turnover that’s not a pick-six or something close to it) has a better than even-money chance of giving Seattle a victory. In a game that promises very little offensive production on both sides, just a B-plus performance should be enough to get the job done for either team. Playing at home, Seattle has a better chance of delivering the goods.

How The Game Will Play Out

This is a toss-up game because neither team deserves much of any trust, respect or admiration. The NFC West has been historically awful this season, so don’t expect anything but a messy football game. It will probably go down to the wire, but it could become a laugher in the third quarter. All in all, lean to the home team in a season-ending game. The Rams won the first game between these teams in St. Louis, but that was in a dome; take Seattle in the cold and moist weather of the Pacific Northwest.

Rams Seahawks Sports Bet Pick: Seahawks



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