Controversy? What Controversy? Hawks vs. St. Louis
Ya, ya, the Seattle Seahawks benefitted from one of the worst calls ever in the NFL but you can’t take away the fact that they played a heck of a game against the Green Bay Packers and represented themselves very well on National TV.
This week the Seahawks try to put all of the bickering behind them when they travel to St. Louis to take on a Rams team that has looked like… the Rams.
Seattle Seahawks (1-2) vs. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
Date/Time: Sunday, September 20, 2012, 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Edward Jones Dome
Hawks vs. Rams Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Spread: Seahawks -2 1/2 (-115)
Moneyline: Seahawks -135: Rams +115
Over/Under: 38 points
*ATS Matchup Report*
The Seattle Seahawks can’t change the outcome of a game, nor would they want to! But questions are going to follow them everywhere this week – it is up to them to put the distractions behind them and try to win a third straight game.
The Hawks have been OK on the offensive side of the ball but it is obvious that their defense is the star of this team.
On Sunday the Hawks get to face an offense that was absolutely pitiful last week against the Bears.
Russell Wilson is a game manager – pure and simple. He isn’t going to wow anyone but the coaches love it that way.
The offense lulls the opposition and takes shots at precisely the right time – Monday night was the perfect example. Wilson has completed 57% of his passes – not great but he has only one mistake on the year and four TDs.
His rushing ability also adds an interesting wrinkle that opposing defenses must account for. Sidney Rice has been relatively quiet, Golden Tate has emerged and the Tight Ends are really doing their jobs.
Marshawn Lynch – what can I say? He is simply the toughest runner in the game and never gives up on a play – inspiring play that gets the rest of his team amped.
He is averaging 4.2 yards per carry this year and will definitely be the centerpiece of the offense once again Sunday.
How bout the Seattle defense? They sacked Aaron Rodgers nine times on Monday night – nine! They also held one of the premier offenses in the game to 12 points after allowing just seven to the Cowboys the week before.
They have elevated to elite status and will definitely give the Rams fits on Sunday.
The St. Louis Rams – not a whole lot to like at this point of the season.
They look improved over last season but that is not saying a whole lot. The Rams are coming off an awful loss to the Bears in a game in which the offense was virtually non-existent.
Sam Bradford has been OK with four TDs and three picks on the season, Steven Jackson has been OK averaging 5.7 yards per carry and Danny Amendola has emerged as a legitimate threat in the receiving corp.
But all together this team is a tier or two below most teams in the NFL.
Steven Jackson is already banged up and without him the Rams are dead in the water.
The Rams defense has been the only real quasi-bright spot so far this season. They are 21st against the run and 16th against the pass but they are giving up 26 points per game.
Dave’s Free Won’t Cost You Anything Seahawks Betting Prediction
St. Louis is 4-9-1 against the spread in their last 14 games following a loss, 3-7-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 4-12 against the spread in their last 16 games against NFC teams.
Seattle is 5-2-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games against the AFC, and 10-21-1 against the spread following a win.
Seattle has covered the spread in nine of the last 10 meetings of these two.
The Seahawks are a good team. They could be 1-2 on the season but they could also be 3-0.
They should be able to handle the Rams offense easily and Marshawn Lynch should be open to do his thing.
This may be a trap game but you have to like the Hawks to prove the legion of doubters wrong.