Thursday Night Football Preview: Rams @Seahawks
This week's TNF game features an NFC West battle between the LA Rams and Seattle Seahawks. This matchup could prove very important in determining the standings in what most people are calling the NFL's deepest division. The Rams are 3-1, but coming off of a bad loss at home to Arizona on Sunday. The Seahawks enter this game at .500 with losses to Minnesota and Tennessee and wins against San Francisco and Indianapolis.
The Rams may have lost a tough one versus the Cardinals last week, but their season has looked great so far. Two weeks ago they defeated the defending champion Bucs by 10 points. There are a lot of great teams in the NFC this year, but the Rams may be the most well rounded. There aren't many weaknesses for opposing coaches to exploit in their gameplans. Stafford has looked more than comfortable in Sean McVay's offense, and McVay himself may be the best weapon for LA in general.
The Seahawks have me in a bit of a pickle right now. For several years now it has felt like Russ Wilson pulling everybody along with him with a lack of depth at receiver and major holes in the offensive line. They are 2-2 at this point having played a relatively weak schedule. Their defense hasn't been doing them many favors giving up over 30 points in two of their last three games (both losses). I think it comes down to this very defense in the matchup Thursday night. Are they going to be able to stifle a Rams offense that has mostly been clicking on all cylinders? It's going to be a tall task for sure.
My pick: Rams -2.5
Just a little FYI, I've lost my last three primetime NFL picks, so feel free to fade.
Everybody knows Seattle is one of the toughest places to play in the league and has been for a long time now. Going into this Thursday, I was expecting the line to be close, but not that close. The Rams just have so much more talent on their roster than Seattle does at this point in time. I think Seattle's defense breaks tomorrow night and we see a high scoring game. The Rams offense is loaded with talent now, and it might just be too much for the Seahawks to handle.
by Declan Quillen