Hawks Face Decimated Rams Monday Night
The Seattle Seahawks, off an impressive win against division foe Arizona head out on the road again Monday night to take on another NFC West rival, the St. Louis Rams – a team that lost their franchise quarterback for the season last week and one that hasn’t been able to stop anyone on defense so far this year.
While everything seems to be going right for Seattle mid-season, absolutely nothing has gone St. Louis’s way this year.
It appears as if it is not a matter of IF the Hawks will beat the Rams, it is more a question of how much they will beat them by.
Seattle Seahawks (6-1) at St. Louis Rams (3-4)
When: 8:40 PM ET, Monday, October 28, 2013
Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
Hawks vs. Rams Betting Lines from bovada.lv
Seattle Seahawks -11 -110 Ov 42 -110
St. Louis Rams +11 -110 Un 42 -110
The Seattle Seahawks are rolling – not only at home but on the road as well. Seattle is 3-1 SU away from CenturyLink this year and is 6-2 on the road in their last eight overall. So much for this team struggling away from home!
Seattle’s offense has been magical this year – they can beat you with the pass or with the run. Russell Wilson has thrown for 1,489 yards and 11 touchdowns and has run for 323 yards. Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 578 yards and six touchdowns already as well.
Seattle’s receivers have all contributed at various times of the season – Doug Baldwin, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse and even Zach Miller have all shown flashes this season – and the Hawks could get Percy Harvin back this week! Seattle has been scary and is only going to get scarier going forward.
ICYMI Tate should be ok. Harvin day-to-day and no guarantee he plays as of yet. (From Pete Carroll's presser today)
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) October 24, 2013
Defensively the Hawks will be looking to build off a Week 7 effort against Arizona in which they recorded a season high seven sacks. This unit has allowed opposing QBs a 66.1 passer rating this year, they rank third in points allowed per game, second in total yards and pass yards allowed per game and sixth in rushing yards allowed – impressive!
Where do I start when talking about the Rams? They weren’t that great with Sam Bradford guiding their offense and now they will be forced to go with Kellen Clemens and his career 52 percent pass completion rate, his seven touchdown passes and 13 interceptions in 31 NFL games for a 62.2 passer rating.
Simply put, he isn’t great – and he has no playmakers on this team he can lean on – Tavon Austin has been a bust, Chris Givens and Austin Pettis just aren’t viable NFL options and their leading receiver is Tight End Jared Cook!
The running game has really missed Steven Jackson as well – Zac Stacy has had zero room to run and the Rams have rushed for 498 yards in seven games this season – 80 fewer than the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch.
Now to the Rams defense.
They rank 24th in points allowed per game and 22nd in total yards allowed per game and 30th against the run. Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson should have a stellar day Monday against a leaky run D.
Dave B’s Free won’t cost you anything betting prediction:
A few trends to consider: (ATS = against the spread)
• SEA are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
• Over is 7-1 in SEA last 8 games in Week 8.
• Over is 8-2 in SEA last 10 road games.
• STL are 7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
• STL are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC West.
• STL are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
• SEA are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 meetings.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Rams lose every one of their remaining games this year – they are that bad!
Their only weapon Sam Bradford is gone and so too does the hopes of a winning season in St. Louis.
Their offense won’t be able to generate anything against Seattle’s stout defense Monday night and their suspect defense has little hope of slowing Seattle’s well-balanced offense.