Las Vegas Football Odds and Picks: St Louis Rams vs Seattle Seahawks
Thursday, December 27, 2012
by Frank Martin
With a playoff spot secured and a division title still within their reach, the Seattle Seahawks will try to continue their dominance over the St. Louis Rams and remain undefeated at home when they wrap up the regular season Sunday. Seattle has won 13 of the past 15 meetings, although one of the losses was the Rams' 19-13 victory in Week 4.
The Seahawks have looked like one of the league's best teams of late, winning four straight and outscoring their last three opponents 150-30. They need a win and a San Francisco loss to win the NFC West title but will be playoff bound for the first time since 2010 and the second in the past five seasons. The Rams can't make the playoffs, but a victory would clinch their first winning season since 2003. St. Louis is 4-0-1 against the NFC West this year.
St Louis Rams (7-7-1): St. Louis has won four of its last five to salvage something from coach Jeff Fisher's first season with the team. The defense has been solid all season, and the offense has shown flashes, though too few. Quarterback Sam Bradford continues to make too many costly mistakes but has passed for 3,450 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Steven Jackson has managed 990 rushing yards despite being banged up, and Daryl Richardson (475 yards) has emerged as a solid second running back.
Seattle Seahawks (10-5): Seattle is built for the postseason with a bruising running game led by Marshawn Lynch (1,490 yards, 11 TDs) and an outstanding defense. If the Seahawks have a perceived weakness, it's their rookie quarterback, but Russell Wilson has done his job, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,868 yards with 25 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. Wilson has been exceptional at home, passing for 1,254 yards with 16 touchdowns and two interceptions in seven wins.
1. Wilson needs one touchdown to match Peyton Manning for the most ever by a rookie.
2. Bradford needs 63 passing yards to break his career high of 3,512 set in 2010.
3. Jackson needs 10 rushing yards to become just the sixth player in NFL history with eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
NFL Football Prediction: Seahawks 37, Rams 23.