Betting with Bastl: Can the Rams Bounce Back?

David Bastl | Updated Dec 23, 2020

Jared Goff, Rams, 2020

Jared Goff has passed for 300+ yards in four of his last five games against the Seahawks.

The Rams were embarrassed last weekend at home, losing to the Jets. The Jets? Really? What does the bounce back look like for Los Angeles in Seattle this weekend?

This could be the ultimate rebound for the Rams, who currently hold a playoff position and can’t afford another loss. If history plays a factor, it looks pretty good for Los Angeles.

The Rams have won five of their last six games against the Seahawks since December 2017. In those six games they have averaged 31.8 points against the Seahawks. That is an increase of 7.2 points per game over their season average of 24.6 points per game.

They are also 2-1 (straight up) in their last three games in the Emerald City.

The Rams still have a good chance to win the NFC West by winning their last two games against the Seahawks and Cardinals.

Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, Dec 27 2020 4:25pm)

Pointspread
  • Los Angeles Rams -110 +2
  • Seattle Seahawks -110 -2

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Back on November 15, the Rams handed the Seahawks a 23-16 setback in Los Angeles. Jared Goff threw for 302 yards in the win, while three Rams receivers (Josh Reynolds, Tyler Higbee and Cooper Kupp) recorded 50 receiving yards or more in the game.

The Rams seem to be one of the only teams that can control Russell Wilson. In their past six games against Wilson, the Rams have sacked him an average of 4.2 times per game, and in their last game against him, dropped him six times.

Running back Cam Akers will miss this game because of high ankle sprain, so look for rotation between Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson in this contest.

Of note, rain is in the forecast for Sunday afternoon in the Seattle area.

Bastl’s Bet: Rams +2.5

Overtime Predictions

The Steelers are coming off a terrible loss on Monday night to the Bengals and are now playing on a short week. Pittsburgh is also playing short-handed on defence and the Colts are firing on all cylinders. They are winners of three-straight games and hold a fantastic 5-2 road record. I love the way Indy is playing down the stretch, perhaps a play on them for a Super Bowl futures should be on the table as well.

This is an interesting game to say the least, for a couple of reasons. First off, the Packers hold a one-game lead over the Saints and Seahawks for top seed in the NFC, but have failed to cover the number against two non-playoff teams (Lions, Panthers). Meanwhile, the Titans have the identical record as division rival Indianapolis and need to hold serve. Winning at Lambeau Field is a tough task, but Tennessee should keep it close.

Bastl’s Bet: Colts +2.5, Titans +3.5

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