NFL Week 17 odds: St. Louis at Seattle
Seattle has clinched a playoff berth but is still in contention for the NFC West division title. The Seahawks can claim the division with a victory and a San Francisco loss. If Seattle wins and both San Francisco and Green Bay lose, the Seahawks will clinch the NFC West and secure a first-round bye.
“It’s been coming together for us,” says Seattle head coach Pete Carroll. “We’re getting better and you can just feel it and see it. It’s coming to life for us.”
The Rams beat Tampa Bay 28-13 last week. Sam Bradford threw for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Bradford completed 13-of-27 passes with one interception, while Lance Kendricks had a huge day through the air, catching four passes for 119 yards — including an 80-yard touchdown — for the Rams (7-7-1), who still can finish with a winning record. Steven Jackson ran for 81 yards and a score on 19 carries for St. Louis, which has four of their last five.
In their past three games the Seahawks have averaged nearly 13 points in the first quarter alone and more than 32 points in the first half of each game. It’s their ability to come out with a very high level of intensity and strike quickly that has allowed them to dictate the flow of the game. They do an excellent job of playing from a lead. Their explosive pass-rushers attack the pocket and their secondary can gamble more often, which has resulted in more sacks and interceptions.
St. Louis beat Seattle 19-13 back on Sept. 30.
WAGERWEB.COM OPENING ODDS: Seahawks -10.5 (41) Check our current lines.
RAMS NOTES: QB SAM BRADFORD is 4-0-1 in past 5 vs. division. Has won 4 of past 5 overall. Has 3,450 yards & needs 63 yards for career-high (3,512 in 2010) … RB STEVEN JACKSON has 10,083 career rush yards & is 15th player to rush for 10,000 yards with 1 team. Has 990 rush yards & needs 10 to become 6th in NFL history with 1,000+ rush yards in 8 consecutive seasons. Since 2006, has NFL-best 11,134 scrimmage yards … WR DANNY AMENDOLA had TD catch in last meeting. TE LANCE KENDRICKS had career-high 119 yards last week, incl. 80-yard TD. Rookie WR CHRIS GIVENS has 3 career TDs & avg. 46 yards per TD … CB JANORIS JENKINS has 4 defensive TDs (3 INTs, 1 FR), most in NFL history by rookie. Had 41-yard INT-TD last week. His 3 INT-TDs are tied for most by rookie in NFL history. DE ROBERT QUINN has 9.5 sacks in past 15. DE CHRIS LONG has 8.5 sacks in past 13. LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is 1 of 2 in NFC with 8.5+ sacks & 6+ INTs since 2009. Rookie DT MICHAEL BROCKERS has 4 sacks, 2nd most by rookie DT.
SEAHAWKS NOTES: Rookie QB RUSSELL WILSON has completed 91 of 145 (62.8 pct.) for 1,254 yards with 16 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 121.5 rating at home. Is 7-0 at home, 1st rookie since merger to start & win team’s 1st 7 at home. Has 25 TD passes & needs 2 to pass PEYTON MANNING (26) for most by rookie … RB MARSHAWN LYNCH aims for 3rd in row vs. StL with 100+ rush yards. Aims for 4th meeting in row with rush TD. Has 100+ rush yards in 7 of past 9. In past 9, has 941 yards (104.6 per game) & 9 TDs. Since Nov. 2011, leads NFL with 2,431 rush yards …WR GOLDEN TATE has 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 pass) in past 7. WR SIDNEY RICE has 6 TDs in past 10. WR DOUG BALDWIN had 2 TDs last week … DE RED BRYANT blocked FG last week that was returned 90 yards for TD by CB RICHARD SHERMAN. Sherman has 2 TDs in past 3. DE CHRIS CLEMONS has 17.5 sacks in past 22. Rookie LB BOBBY WAGNER leads team with 129 tackles. DE BRUCE IRVIN leads NFL rookies with 8 sacks.
WAGERWEB.COM TRENDS: Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. Underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. Rams are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 meetings. Rams are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Seattle.