Rams vs. Seahawks Monday Night Point Spread Preview, Picks, Score Prediction
Week 8 of the 2013 NFL season closes shop in St. Louis where a disappointing Rams outfit will throw all it has at the NFC West leading Seattle Seahawks on Monday night Football. Seattle enters tonight’s spot winners of two in a row after going into the desert and handing the division rival Cardinals a 34-22 defeat, while the Rams lost starting QB Sam Bradford in their 30-15 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Panthers.
Oddsmakers have installed the visiting Seahawks 10.5-point favorites and lined the ‘total’ at 42.5-points for this Week 8 concluder.
SEAHAWKS – RAMS 2013 WEEK 8 MNF LINE:
OPEN: SEAHAWKS -6.5 | CURRENT: SEAHAWKS -13.5 | O/U: 42.5
1. Why the SEAHAWKS will cover the spread: Because the Seahawks might just be the best darn team in the whole freaking league! For many years, Seattle’s bugaboo was going on the road and playing like the team that destroyed the opposition in front of the 12th Man. That has not been an issue in 2013, as head coach Pete Carroll’s squad stands 3-1 SU & ATS in its four games played away from CenturyLink Field.
With QB Russell Wilson evading all pass rushers and Marshawn Lynch capable of going “Beast Mode” at a moment’s notice, Seattle possesses the exact recipe offensively to toy with a St. Louis defense that ranks almost dead last in defending the run (#30 at 126.4 YPG) and middle of the pack in getting pressure on opposing QBs (#16 with 18 sacks)
2. Why the RAMS will cover the spread: This will only happen if the Seahawks revert back to the team that continuously let its wagering supporters down when on the road in year’s past. The Rams offense needs no introduction – it’s flat out wretched! It’s yet to tally a rushing TD to date, and now the lone strength of the offense – Bradford – is done for the season. That means journeyman QB Kellen Clemens gets the starting nod here, and if the Rams struggled to put points on the board (#18 with 22.3 PPG) with Bradford who was having a pretty good season, it’s highly doubtful Clemens will have the ability to take it to a Seattle stop unit that’s surrendered an average of just 16.6 PPG (#3) and a league-best 4.5 yards per play.
3. Total Talk: Each of the Seahawks L/3 road games have combined to go ‘over’ the closing number, and the team has posted an average of 30 PPG in its L/5 contests. Due to its wretched defense, St. Louis has played to high scorers in all but one of its seven games played to date with the ‘over’ cashing in all three home games. That said, the ‘under’ cashed in both meetings a year ago and stands 5-1 the L/6 times these division rivals locked horns.
4. Betting Trends for Seahawks/Rams: This rivalry has been dominated by the Seahawks dating back to the 2008 season with them going 8-2 SU & 7-3 ATS during that stretch. Normally when everyone expects something to happen, the opposite more times than not rings true.
While Monday night normally brings out the player’s best, I can’t help but get on the Seahawks bus even though Seattle tickets are being written up at a 6-1 clip as of this writing. St. Louis has failed to cover each of its L/4 Monday night appearances, while Seattle checks in a $$$-making 5-0-1 the L/6 times it played under the Monday Night Lights. If the Rams “D” was playing anywhere near the level it was last season, I wouldn’t even hesitate to back them as underdogs at a much reduced price point. But they’re not, so I won’t!
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 27 – STL RAMS 12