Rams vs. Seahawks Point Spread: NFL Wild Card Odds, Prediction

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Jan 04, 2021

After splitting the season series, the Rams and Seahawks will meet in the Wild Card round in an NFC West playoff showdown.

L.A. Rams
10-6
AT
January 09, 2021, 4:40 PM ET
CenturyLink Field
Seattle
12-4
Pointspread +3.5 -113
Moneyline +160
Over / Under o +42

32%

Betting Action

68%

Pointspread -3.5 -107
Moneyline -192
Over / Under u +42

32%

Betting Action

68%

Questions surround both quarterbacks heading into this game.  Will Russell Wilson need to do it alone to win or will he get some help on offence?  Will Jared Goff be rushed back from thumb surgery or does John Wolford get a second straight start?  Seattle opened as 5-point favourites on the NFL odds with a total of 43.

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The Rams defence had Russell Wilson figured out in both meetings, this season. Wilson was picked off twice in the Rams 23-16 Week 10 win and he was sacked five times in the Seahawks 20-9 Week 16 win. Weirdly enough, Goff and Wilson only managed a single TD pass each, over those two games.

With the way these teams have played each other this year, it’s not shocking to the total in this game open as the lowest of Wild Card weekend. The Rams have hit the under in 11 of their last 13 games, including their last four games of the season and they have only won three times straight up in their last 13 games in Seattle.

Russell Wilson has been carrying the Seahawks offence by himself, all season. The under is 7-1 in Seattle’s last eight games and 4-0 in their last four games. In the last 22 games between these teams, the under is 15-7.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams squeaked into the playoffs, due in large part to sweeping the brutally weak NFC East division, throughout the season. L.A. clinched their playoff spot after an 18-7 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, despite missing starting quarterback Jared Goff. John Wolford didn’t manage to throw a TD in his first NFL start, but he looked solid, throwing for 231 yards and picking up another 56 yards on the ground. With the quarterback question still up in the air, the early rumour is Rams coach Sean McVay is leaning toward starting Wolford again.

Whether it’s Wolford or Goff who ultimately starts, one thing L.A. can rely on is their cornerback tandem of Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams. Coming into Week 17 the Rams ranked first in the NFL at stopping deep passes, allowing just 723 yards on pass attempts of 15-plus yards. Unfortunately for the Rams, their special teams haven’t been as effective. They have gone through three kickers this season, gave up a punt return TD and have had an ineffective return game. This is a winnable game for L.A., but they need more out of every player on the team.

Seattle Seahawks

Despite finishing the season with four straight wins, including Week 16 against the Rams, Seattle doesn’t look like a lock in this game. Russell Wilson, however, is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league and he thrives under pressure. His passer efficiency rating under pressure is third-best in the NFL and his numbers in total passing yards, passing TDs and completion percentage were among the top quarterbacks, this year.

The biggest problem for the Seahawks throughout the season (other than forcing Wilson to carry the offence on his back) has been their entire defence. The return of Jamal Adams from injury and the trade for Carlos Dunlap gave Seattle a midseason boost, but they still entered Week 17 ranked 31st in stopping passes over the middle and 27h at stopping short passes. With an offence as stagnant as their opponent’s, this is the perfect time for the Seahawks defence to step up and take some pressure off their quarterback.

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