NFL Wildcard Weekend – Game 2
LA Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Sat, Jan. 9th, 4:40 pm
Lumen Field – Seattle, WA
Betting Line: Seahawks -3.5, Over/Under 42.5
For the third time this season the Rams and Seahawks will square off, the winner of the rubber match advancing to the next round of the playoffs. At 12-4 the Seahawks are at home and a slight favourite in this one. The Rams stumbled down the stretch to finish at 10-6, and will need Jared Goff to return with his thumb fully healed for the Rams to have a realistic shot to defeat Russel Wilson and Seattle. In their prior meetings this season the home team came out on top; the Rams winning 23-16 at home in week 10 and the Seahawks emerging victorious 20-9 at home in week 16.
Let’s look at the marquee players and numbers coming into Saturday:
And the Key Trends for each team as well:
At first glance this was a tough game to handicap. Both teams have been wildly inconsistent in stretches during the season, and recent injuries at key positions on both sides could change the games outlook dramatically come kickoff. After taking a deeper dive though, there is both a definitive side and total that I’m looking at.
The LA Rams’ defense is phenomenal, there’s no denying that. Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd have made that D-Line arguably the scariest in the NFL and have had great success against the Seahawks this season, while their secondary has been elite for most of the year as well. But for the Rams, that is unfortunately where the good news ends. Even if Goff can suit up, it’s very unlikely that he will be himself; more likely struggling to throw anything deep all day. And if Jon Wolford plays, well, nobody wants to see that.
While the Rams thrive on D and have struggled on offense, the Seahawks have one of the best QB’s in the league and an elite 1-2 punch at WR, while also having a defense that has looked fantastic in the second half of the season. Even if the Rams D is to give Wilson and Co. a rough time, I can’t see the Rams offense putting up much in terms of running away with the game. So best case scenario for the Rams, they squeak out a win in a very low scoring game. For the Seahawks though, if they just play a normal game on both sides of the ball they should come out on top and move on to the Divisional Round