Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams: Predictions and Odds (NFL Week 14)
My prediction for the final score is Seahawks 29, Rams 26.
How to Watch: Seahawks vs Rams
What: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
When: Sunday, December 8 at 8:20 pm ET
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California
How (TV): NBC
Seahawks vs Rams – Point Spread
Seahawks -.05, Rams +.05
Seattle vs Los Angeles – Game Preview
Right now, the NFC West is the best division in the NFL, with the 10-2 Seattle Seahawks leading slightly over the 10-2 San Francisco 49ers and the third-place 7-5 Los Angeles Rams just a win or two away from earning the other NFC Wild Card slot in the playoffs.
The postseason bound Seahawks took care of the pesky Minnesota Vikings by a touchdown on Monday Night Football last week, while the Rams manhandled the rookie-led Arizona Cardinals by a score of 34-7, giving their fans a little more hope that their postseason chances are still alive.
Seattle is exceptional on offense but shockingly weak against the pass, whereas Los Angeles is more balanced on both sides of the ball, so here we take a quick side-by-side look at these two NFC West teams to see how they match up for their upcoming Week 14 Sunday Night Football confrontation.
For more on Week 14, check out our latest NFL Power Rankings Week 14.
The 10-2-0 Seattle Seahawks
The 10-win Seattle Seahawks can write their own destiny to the playoffs and it starts with a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams and it will finish with a Week 17 matchup with their biggest NFC West rivals, the San Francisco 49ers.
Head coach Pete Carroll has a talented team that looks playoff ready – especially with whom they have under center, the fast and shifty strong-armed Russell Wilson, the player many have already pegged as this year’s NFL MVP.
The problem the Seahawks keep having is on defense – they can’t seem to stop the pass this season – and unless coordinator Ken Norton Jr. fixes that situation, they might want to lower their postseason hopes and dreams a bit because they’ll be facing some big arms in the playoffs.
The 7-5-0 Los Angeles Rams
Watching the Los Angeles Rams score big on the Arizona Cardinals was a great reminder of how effective Jared Goff’s (and head coach Sean McVay’s) offense can be when they simply do what made them famous in the first place – establish a solid run game and then use that to play-action pass some deep balls.
Lack of wins aside, Rams’ quarterback Goff continues to impress – he’s the league’s fourth-most productive at that position, with over 280 completions for 3,400 passing yards and 13 touchdowns, though his 12 interceptions could explain why more than seven victories have been tough to come by.
Where Los Angeles may have the advantage in this matchup is on defense – they’re squad has been more effective than the Seahawks have been all season, particularly against the pass – and especially given the Rams have a healthy Aaron Donald on their D-line ready to prove he’s still very much the man.
Seahawks vs Rams History and Rivalry
These two NFC West rivals have met 43 total times (including 1 postseason game), with Seattle winning 24 of those times and Los Angeles winning the other 19 games.
The last time these two teams played was back in October of this season when the Rams traveled to Seattle just to lose by a single point to the Seahawks by a score of 30-29.
If the Seahawks win this matchup, they’ll move to 11-2-0 and stay atop the NFC West, but since they were already beaten by the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, as long as the two teams have the same number of wins the Seahawks can’t get the 1st NFC playoff seed.
But if the Rams come out winners in this one, they’ll be 8-5-0 and though they’d still be in third place in the NFC West, they would begin to threaten the Minnesota Vikings for the 6th NFC playoff seed, who go into Week 14 with an 8-4 record.
Questions to Answer
Who’s favored to win this Week 14 Seahawks-Rams matchup?
Which team has a better offense? Defense? Special teams?
Which team’s quarterback is more likely to lead his team to victory?
We’re going to briefly compare the Seahawks and the Rams next and attempt to answer those questions and more.
Offensive Stats Comparison
Seattle Seahawks Overall Offense
- Ranked 3rd overall in 2019
- Passing attack currently ranked 10th
- Rushing attack currently ranked 3rd
Everybody keeps going on and on about Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson (and they should, he’s incredible, right now with almost 3,200 passing yards and 26 touchdowns with just 4 picks) but it’s the Seahawks’ rushing attack that should be turning heads these days.
The big man, Chris Carson, is the 8th most productive rusher in the league (he’s got 5 touchdowns and averages 4.2 yards per carry) for a Seahawks’ offense that averages almost 25 points per game, 10th most in the league.
Two of the Seahawks’ tight ends are listed as questionable for Week 14 – Jacob Hollister (quadriceps) and Luke Wilson (hamstring) – so that could cause a serious lack of depth at that position, something Seattle can’t afford.
Los Angeles Rams Overall Offense
- Ranked 10th overall in 2019
- Passing attack currently ranked 5th
- Rushing attack currently ranked 25th
Just because the Los Angeles Rams have “only” won seven games doesn’t mean their quarterback is playing poorly – in fact, the opposite is true, with Jared Goff now ranked the 4th most productive at his position and his squad with the 5th best passing attack in the league.
It’s the Rams’ run game that’s been shockingly absent, with dual-threat back Todd Gurley getting limited touches up to this point in the season, but if Los Angeles expects to outscore the Seahawks and whatever other teams they have to play this season, a productive Gurley has to be part of the plan.
Los Angeles averages just over 20 points per game, but they’ll need more than that to beat the Seahawks, and they’ll have to do it despite tight end Gerald Everett (knee) and offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (knee – Meniscus) being listed as questionable for this one.
Both of these teams are strong offensively, but right now the Seahawks are playing better on that side of the ball so they will have the slight offensive advantage in this one despite being on the road.
Defensive Stats Comparison
Seattle Seahawks Overall Defense
- Ranked 24th overall in 2019
- Passing defense currently ranked 29th
- Rushing defense currently ranked 8th
This is where the Seahawks have been struggling, especially against the pass (only three teams have been worse!), where they have allowed opponents to gain almost 270 yards through the air per game.
The Seahawks’ defense also allows opponents to score over 24 points per game, which is the tenth most in the league, so it becomes up to Russell Wilson and their offense to simply outscore that total every game, a tough ask this week against the league’s 10th best offensive attack.
A big factor on Sunday could be with the Seahawks defense line, since right now two defensive ends, Ezekiel Ansah (neck) and Jadeveon Clowney (groin) are both listed as questionable for Week 14, talent losses that would definitely hurt the team’s chances to win.
Los Angeles Rams Overall Defense
- Ranked 12th overall in 2019
- Passing defense currently ranked 10th
- Rushing defense currently ranked 13th
There are plenty of playmakers on the Rams’ defense – linebacker Cory Littleton and safeties Eric Weddle and Taylor Rapp come to mind – but the guy to always keep your eye on is nose tackle Aaron Donald, who right now has 9.5 sacks and leads the league in tackles for loss with 17 of them.
Los Angeles keeps its opponents to under 21 points per game (only 12 teams do better) and they keep opponents’ quarterbacks in check, right now with 38 total sacks on the year.
The Rams’ defensive players are banged up (it is Week 14 of the season, after all) but relatively healthy, although right now cornerback Darious Williams is listed as questionable with an injury to his ankle.
The Los Angeles Rams have the definite defensive advantage here – they are equally strong against the pass and run and will give the Seahawks a tough time either way.
Seahawks vs Rams – Final Game Analysis
Why Will the Seahawks Win this Game?
The Seattle Seahawks will win this game if they can establish their run game like they did last Monday night against the Vikings when Chris Carson and Rashaad Penney combined for over 175 yards rushing and two touchdowns, something that would challenge the Rams’ 13th ranked run defense.
Of course, that also allows quarterback Russell Wilson to use his arm to hit Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf down the field for a run-pass combo attack that’s been tough for their opponents to defend against this season.
Seattle needs this win to stay on top of the division, so Wilson will find a way to beat the Rams in this one, most likely by simply outscoring them, his weekly plan this season since his defense can’t completely shut opponents down.
Why Will the Rams Win this Game?
The Los Angeles Rams will win this one if they do what they do best, which is to establish the run game early on with a lot of Todd Gurley carries and then once the Seahawks get used to defending against him, Goff unleashes some play-action passes to his star receivers.
It will take the Rams of old to win this one (last season they would have been favored for sure), and that’s the team we got a peek of against Arizona last week, so if they show up again and execute their game plan they might just pull this one out in the fourth quarter.
This game could be won purely out of desperation – the Rams desperately need a win here if they expect to keep their playoff hopes alive, so McVay and Goff and Kupp and company will do what they’ve done three of the last four times they have played the Seahawks and find a way to win the game.
Seahawks vs Rams – Who Will Win?
The Seattle Seahawks will win this one over the Rams because Russell Wilson will do what potential MVP’s often do, which is step up and have a big game on the road for a victory.
The Green Men of WSN’s Picks and Best Bets Podcast predict the Seattle Seahawks will win this one.
My prediction for the final score is Seahawks 29, Rams 26.
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Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams Game Odds