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Kevin Allen

by Kevin Allen in NFL Football

Dec 26, 2020 · 8:14 AM PST

Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde (30) runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
  • The Seattle Seahawks (10-4)  are 1-point favorites vs the Los Angeles Rams (9-5) on Sunday afternoon (4 pm ET) for first place in the NFC West
  •  Sunday Betting Record: 5-9-1, -4.20 Units
  • See the game odds, spread, total, plus a preview below

Despite an up-and-down season, the Seattle Seahawks can win their first division title since 2016 by defeating the Los Angeles Rams Sunday (4:25 pm, ET).

The Seahawks are favored by 1 point at home. The  Rams defeated the  Seahawks 23-16 on November 15, but that was a lifetime ago in football terms. Since then, the Seahawks offense has re-established their running game and Seattle’s defense has grown stronger each week.

The Rams, meanwhile, are coming off their worst performance of the season in a loss to the previously winless New York Jets.

The line has moved closer during the week. This feels like a  toss-up game.

Rams vs Seahawks Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Los Angeles Rams Even +1 (-110) O 47.5 (-111)
Seattle Seahawks -114 -1 (-110) U 47.5 (-110)

Odds taken Dec. 26 from DraftKings

Seahawks Now Running With Authority

When the Rams defeated the Seahawks 23-16 on Nov. 15, Alex Collins and DeeJay Dallas were Seattle’s primary running backs. The Seahawks were overrun by injuries that week.

Today,  Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and Rashaad Penny are all healthy.  All three are dangerous and dynamic. Last week,  the Seahawks rushed for 181 yards in a 20-15 win against Washington. As a group, the Seahawks averaged seven yards per carry. The previous week, the Jets’ ground attack generated 174 yards against the Jets.

 

Hyde uncorked a 50-yard touchdown romp against Washington.  Carson boasts 568 yards and a five-yards-per-carry average. Penny seems primed for a quality game. The Seahawks have produced three of their top four rushing performances in the past five weeks. The improvement of the Seahawks’ rushing attack has meant defenses can’t throw everything  at Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. He hasn’t been sacked in the past two weeks.

In theory, Seattle’s strong ground game will set up its passing attack in the playoffs.

Rams Boast Good History vs Seahawks

The Rams have won five of their last six games against the Seahawks and averaged 31.8 points per game in those victories. Los Angeles has piled 450 or more yards in four of those games.

Seattle receiver DK Metcalf is on a pace to have the best receiving season in Seattle history. But he only had two catches for 28 yards when covered by Jalen Ramsey in the Rams’ Week 10 triumph.

If the Rams can control Seahawks’ running game, they can concentrate again on Metcalf and Wilson.  The Rams rank No. 2 against the run this season, giving up 94.1 yards per game.

Seattle Has Injury Concerns

The Seahawks announced this week that cornerback Quinton Dunbar will have season-ending  knee surgery.  Guard Mike Iupati (neck injury) is doubtful.  Plus, the Seahawks moved guard Phil Hynes to Injured Reserve, which leaves Seattle thin in offensive line depth.

Runningback Rashaad Penny played only six snaps last week in his return from an ACL injury. He will play more in Week 16. Tight end Greg Olsen (torn plantar fascia) is also going to play.

The Rams announced that rookie running back Cam Akers (ankle) is out. He has rushed for 524 yards this season. But OL Rob Havenstein (shoulder) will play.  Linebacker Terrell Lewis (knee) is also being activated.

Wise to Back Wilson in Tight Games

The odds aren’t enticing for either team. But the bottom line: the Seahawks are playing a more balanced game than they were mid-season. They are not playing the same game they were when they previously lost to the Rams this season. The Seahawks are healthier than they were on November 15.

In an important game, it seems wise to believe in Wilson

Pick: Seahawks -1 (-110), 1 Unity

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