Week 5 Free Preview: Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks

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The Los Angeles Rams (-7) are heading north to face their NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The opening kickoff for this keygame is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET and fans can watch the action on FOX.

Betting Preview: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks

In this Sunday NFC matchup, Los Angeles is tabbed as the favorite and is currently giving up 7 points. The Rams are also receiving -280 moneyline odds while the Seahawks are +230. If one team can create a bunch of points early it’ll result in a decent betting opportunity in-game. Oddsmakers have placed the over/under (O/U) at 48.5 points.

The game’s total has moved downward after opening at 49. The original spread (7) hasn’t shifted.

The profitable Rams have gained 4.0 units so far in 2018 and are 3-0-1 against the spread (ATS). The team’s posted an O/U record of 2-2.

The Seahawks have gained 0.0 units this season. The team is 1-2-1 ATS and owns an O/U record of 1-3.

The Rams are 4-0 straight up (SU), including 1-0 SU against NFC West opponents. The Seahawks are 2-2 SU overall and also 1-0 SU against divisional foes.

The Rams are looking to remain undefeated after a 38-31 win over Minnesota in Week 4. Jared Goff completed 26 passes on 33 attempts for 465 yards and five touchdowns. Todd Gurley II (83 rushing yards on 17 attempts) spearheaded the ground attack in the win. Cooper Kupp (nine receptions, 162 yards, two TDs) and Brandin Cooks (seven catches, 116 yards, one TD) shared the receiving duties.

Seattle enters this one after just earning a 20-17 win over Arizona in Week 4. The let the Cardinals pass for 180 yards and rush for 92 more. David Johnson was a bright spot in the loss for Arizona, posting 71 rushing yards and a score on 22 attempts, along with 41 yards and a score on three catches. For Seattle, Russell Wilson completed 19-of-26 passes for 172 yards. Mike Davis (101 yards on 21 rush attempts, two TDs) handled the ground game in the win while Doug Baldwin (five receptions, 41 yards) and Tyler Lockett (five catches, 53 yards) led the receiving attack.

Los Angeles has run the ball on 45.8 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Seattle has an overall rush percentage of 47.8 percent. The Rams have run for 125.3 yards/game (including 90.0 per game versus West opponents) and have four touchdowns via handoffs this year. The Seahawks are logging 105.5 rushing yards per game (171.0 in conference) and have three total rush TDs.

It appears that the Rams ought to own the advantage in the trenches, since their offensive line has allowed just 28 sacks while the D-line logged 48 sacks. The Seahawks, on the other hand, have allowed 43 sacks and their defense has generated only 39 sacks.

The Rams offensive scheme has averaged a ridiculous 351.5 yards through the air overall (354.0 per game against conference opposition) and has 11 passing TDs so far. The Seahawks have put up 222.0 pass yards per contest (172 in the NFC) and have seven total pass scores.

Defensively, Los Angeles has allowed opponents to rush for an average of 86.0 yards and pass for 260.3 yards per game. The Seattle defense has allowed 219.3 yards per game to opposing passers and 122.5 yards per game to opposing runners. The Seahawks are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 4.49 to opponents, while the Rams have given up a 5.87 ANY/A.

Offensively, Goff has amassed 1,052 passing yards this year. He’s connected on 68-of-98 attempts with eight scores through the air and only one interception. Goff has a pristine 11.16 adjusted net yards per pass attempt overall, although that number sits at 12.97 over the past two outings.

Todd Gurley II (233 rushing yards, three rush TDs, 143 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns on the year), Cooper Kupp (277 receiving yards, three receiving TDs) and Robert Woods (219 receiving yards, one TD) have each played big roles of late.

For the home team, Russell Wilson has managed to complete 60-of-95 passes for 696 yards, five TDs and three INTs. Wilson’s ANY/A sits at 5.22 for the season and 6.82 across his past two games.

We’re looking for the Seahawks to control tempo by getting the ball into the hands of their running backs. In addition to Tyler Lockett (172 receiving yards, two receiving TDs this season), Mike Davis (104 rush yards, two rush TDs, 22 receiving yards) and Chris Carson (177 rush yards, one rush TD) have been significant factors in the Seahawks’ recent offensive gameplans.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Prediction

SU Winner: Rams, ATS Winner: Seahawks, O/U: Over

Team Betting Notes

  • The Seattle defense has sacked opposing quarterbacks nine times this season. Los Angeles has recorded eight sacks.
  • The Seattle offense has lost two fumbles this season while the Los Angeles offense has lost one.
  • The Rams offense has tallied five pass plays of 40+ yards, while the Seahawks have put up three such plays.
  • The Los Angeles defense has allowed three pass plays of 40 yards or more, while Seattle has given up one such play.
  • The Los Angeles offense has created one rushing play of 20+ yards, while Seattle has created two such runs.
  • The Rams defense has allowed three rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while the Seahawks have given up two such runs.
  • Seattle was the underdog by 4 points in its last matchup and the Over/Under was set at 40. The under cashed and Seattle covered in the 20-17 victory over Arizona.
  • Over its last three games, Seattle is 1-2 ATS and the under cashed in each of those three.
  • In its last three games, Los Angeles is 2-0-1 ATS and the over cashed in two of those three.
  • Los Angeles was favored by 7 points in its last game and the O/U going into it was 49. The over cashed and the spread pushed in the 38-31 triumph over Minnesota.
  • Los Angeles, as a team, has rushed for 4.10227272727273 yards per attempt across its past three games and 4.9 over its last two.
  • Seattle has averaged 3.8 yards per carry over its last three outings and 3.9 over its last two.