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Rams Seahawks Betting Tips – Seahawks Try To Stay Sharp For The Playoffs

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/26/2012 6:01:46 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are in an in-between position this Sunday. They want to retain momentum for the playoffs, but they also know they probably won't have to win this game against St. Louis.

St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, December 30   
Football betting line: Seattle -11.5

Why St. Louis Will Win

It's not unheard of for analysts at online sports books to change their tune on a given game in response to the end-of-season calculus in a professional sports league. That's precisely the situation that could enable St. Louis to win this game on Sunday. If Seattle had lost to the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday, the Seahawks would have been in a position where they would have needed to win this game to make the playoffs. Had that been the case, the Rams would have had very little chance to prevail inside CenturyLink Field, the most intimidating stadium in the NFL for a visiting squad. The Seahawks are 7-0 at home in 2012 and are trying to go 8-0 for the year, so on a fundamental level, it might seem that the Rams have no shot.

However, Seattle did beat San Francisco to wrap up a playoff berth. The Seahawks also know that San Francisco plays a cream-puff game at home against the Arizona Cardinals, a game the 49ers should win easily. San Francisco would wrap up the NFC West championship with a victory in that game, and because the prospects of a Niner triumph are so overwhelmingly likely, the Seahawks are aware that they're almost certain to be the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs. Seattle knows that its last, best chance to win the division evaporated when San Francisco barely survived New England on Dec. 16.

Because Seattle knows that San Francisco will win the NFC West, the Seahawks won't have to win this game. Mentally, it will be hard for the Seahawks to go all-out in this contest. They will want to save their best plays for the wild-card round on Jan. 5 or 6. They will want to rest some of their starters who are dinged up. This all plays into the Rams' favor.

Why Seattle Will Win

When poker is played, the object of winning always exists, and it always matters. The Seahawks know that San Francisco will almost certainly beat Arizona to wrap up the NFC West, but this team wants to retain momentum heading into the playoffs. The Seahawks are the hottest team in the NFL right now, having outscored their last three opponents by a cumulative score of 150-30, an average of 50-10 in each of the three games.

The Seahawks crushed two really bad teams from Arizona and Buffalo in the first two games of that sequence, but by hammering a strong San Francisco squad by 29 points in the third game of that trio, coach Pete Carroll's club has announced itself as a legitimate playoff threat. You know that the New York Giants have shown that in the modern era of pro football, getting hot late in the season is often the ticket to a Super Bowl win. The Green Bay Packers showed this in the 2010 season when they won Super Bowl XLV. The Seahawks are on this path, and they want to remain hot heading into the NFC wild card game.

Who Will Win

St. Louis will have a very legitimate chance to win this contest precisely because of Seattle's lack of desperation. The Seahawks will find a way to win at home, but the Rams will probably keep this game close enough to cover.

NFL Football Betting Pick: St. Louis



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