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Thursday, October 3, 2019

SEAHAWKS VS RAMS

Venue: CenturyLink Field | Start: 10:20am AEST

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay is pointing at himself for the Week 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the reality is the team’s issues go far beyond play-calling. Defenses have picked up on the New England Patriots game plan from the Super Bowl — take away the run, invite Rams quarterback Jared Goff to do the dirty work and put the ball in tight windows — with reasonable success. The Rams threw the ball all over the yard against Tampa Bay — Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp had dominant games with more than 100 yards apiece — but the Buccaneers were surprisingly game for the shootout and dropped a 50-burger on the vaunted Wade Phillips’ defense. The Seattle Seahawks enter Thursday’s home game knowing it will need to put up points to run with the Rams. Seattle’s pass defense has been leaky since the season began — Andy Dalton looked like Peyton Manning in the opener on this very field — and without a consistent pass rush, the Seahawks might be wise to adapt to the league trend of loading the box to erase Todd Gurley. Seattle’s offense continues to be mostly a Russell Wilson production but running back Chris Carson is giving the team enough in spurts to keep defenses honest — when he holds onto the ball. Recent NFC West warfare between these teams has produced entertaining and physical games. L.A. swept the 2018 series with 33-31 (in Seattle) and 36-31 victories. The Rams scored a 42-7 in at Seattle in 2017 and also won at CenturyLink Field in 2015.

Win: Seattle
Margin: Seattle 1-13
Line: Rams +1.5
Total Points: Over 49