The Los Angeles Rams (3-6) became the latest team to try the Carson Wentz Experiment, signing him to stabilize the quarterback position. Matthew Stafford is back after missing a start for a strained thumb – and he led the Rams to an emphatic 30-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) in Week 1, going 24 of 38 for 334 yards without Cooper Kupp in the lineup. However, Stafford is 35 years old, and the intriguing Wentz could become the next starting option or a long-term backup. The depth chart was fairly bare below Stafford, especially once Stetson Bennett IV wandered off the reservation for reasons that the team has yet to explain, leaving the offense in the hands of Brett Rypien. Now comes the rematch with Seattle, and the Seahawks have cornerback Devon Witherspoon in the lineup; the dynamic corner did not play in the Week 1 loss. Stafford is set to start, but this could be an interesting game on multiple levels. Read on to get our NFL betting perspective on this NFC West showdown between Seahawks vs Rams.
NFL Seattle Seahawks at L.A. Rams Betting Odds
When: Sunday, November 19, 2023, 4:25 pm ET
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
Radio: No National Broadcast
Live Stream: Hulu
NFL Odds: Seattle -1 / O/U 46.5 // Seattle -115 / Los Angeles -105
Why should you bet on the Seattle Seahawks?
The Seahawks got run out of M&T Bank Stadium two weeks ago as the Ravens rolled to a 37-3 win. Last week, the Seahawks bounced back by stopping the Washington Commanders on a last-second field goal. Geno Smith had a big day, throwing for 369 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He averages 241.2 passing yards per game, 15th in the NFL. He completes 65.3% of his passes and has 11 touchdown passes against seven picks. Kenneth Walker III averages 66.1 rushing yards per game and has scored six times. He has not scored on the ground in four games, though. The top receivers are D.K. Metcalf (69.0 yards per game) and Tyler Lockett (54.9 yards per game), but both have been in and out of the lineup with injuries. In fact, Lockett is questionable for this week’s game.
On defense, the Seahawks permit 22.3 points per game, good for 20th in the league. Linebacker Bobby Wagner is the top tackler with 95, and Boye Mafe is tops in sacks with seven. With 13 takeaways on the season, the Seahawks have a +3 turnover differential. If you like the Seahawks, you see their pass rush getting after Stafford before he can lock in on Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp down the field.
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Why should you put your money on the Los Angeles Rams?
The Rams have dropped three in a row, both straight up and against the spread, losing to Pittsburgh, Dallas and Green Bay. Brett Rypien was only able to guide the Rams to three points at Lambeau Field. Stafford is set to return, but he has only completed 59.7% of his passes and has an 8:7 TD:INT ratio. His last 300-yard passing game came against the Colts in early October. Puka Nacua has been a boost to the team, averaging 91.9 receiving yards per game as a rookie, but his touchdown production halted at two. Cooper Kupp missed the first four games of the season but is now averaging 72.8 yards per game with a touchdown. Tailback Kyren Williams was leading the team in rushing but is now on injured reserve. Royce Freeman had the most attempts last week but only ran for 32 yards.
The Rams’ defense is similar to Seattle’s in points permitted per game (22.7). Ernest Jones is the top tackler with 7 stops, and Aaron Donald has posted 5 ½ sacks to lead the team. The overall turnover differential is -2 with eight takeaways. If you like the Rams, you see their defense improving from what it has been able to do the last three weeks.
Bet on the Rams to Win Today
Seahawks vs Rams Final Score and Prediction
The Rams were able to deal with the Seahawks fairly easily in Week 1, but a lot has changed since then. The Seahawks are playing with more offensive confidence, and their secondary coverage has improved. I predict a final score of Seattle 27, Los Angeles 23.
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