The week 7 NFL football odds will be easy picking when the St. Louis Rams host the Seattle Seahawks in a Week 7 NFC West divisional matchup that looks about as close to a lock selection as it gets in the world of online sports gaming.
Now, let’s see why this matchup is so easy to call.
Seattle at St. Louis
When: Sun, Oct. 19
Where: Edward Jones Dome
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Seattle -6.5
The St. Louis Rams (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS) have lost three straight games including their 31-17 Week 6 loss to San Francisco on Monday night. The Rams never came close to covering the spread as a 3.5-point home dog in one of my Week 6 lock selections (duh).
St. Louis has also lost all three of their home games so far and are in danger of dropping its first four games for the first time since 2009. The Rams have been outscored 66-19 in the second half of their trio of home contests.
"What we’re doing here is right," head coach Jeff Fisher said. "The players are coming to work. They’re having fun, they’re working hard. We don’t have the production that we’d like. Things will turn."
St. Louis is ranked 24th in scoring (20.2 ppg) but a pitiful 30th in points allowed (30.0 ppg) and 26th against the run (139.8 ypg).
Rookie signal-caller Austin Davis has been a bit of a revelation for the Rams in throwing seven TD passes over his last three starts, though he has also thrown three costly interceptions, which have all been returned for touchdowns.
Seattle (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) was on the wrong end of a surprising 30-23 Week 6 loss to red-hot Dallas and never came close to covering the spread as a 9.5-point home favorite.
The Seahawks entered their Week 6 matchup averaging an NFL-leading 167.3 rushing yards per game, but the Seahawks were held to just 80 rushing yards against the ‘Boys with Marshawn ‘The Beast’ Lynch gaining a paltry 61 yards on just 10 rushes.
"We don’t ever want to play a game when Marshawn carries the ball 10 times," Carroll said. "That’s not enough. That’s not our format that we’re trying to build from."
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 16, 2014
Starting quarterback Russell Wilson completed just 14 of 28 passes for a season-low 126 yards with one interception as the Seahawks went 5 of 13 on third down. Not only that, but Seattle also got gashed for a whopping 162 rushing yards after giving up just 249 over their first four games.
"I think everybody was a little frustrated," Wilson said. "We’re so competitive, and we all want to win. "When things aren’t going the way that you practice them all the time, or the way that you’re used to, or the way that you expect, sometimes you get a little frustrated."
While coach Pete Carroll took responsibility for the performance, he’s pleased with his team’s understanding of the situation.
"We just have to get better," head coach Pete Carroll told the Seahawks’ official website. "Players seem to be willing to accept they have to get better, too. So we’re working on that, and point the finger at me first.
"I think we’re still working at it. Sometimes it takes quite a while before you find it and we’re not quite there yet because we haven’t found the consistency."
— Seahawks Canada (@SeahawksCanada) October 16, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks may have taken a stunning loss on the chin from Dallas in Week 6, but all that does for me is make Russell Wilson and company that much more of a lock selection in this contest against the uninspiring Rams.
A whopping 83% of the public are betting on the Seahawks and for good reason. S. Louis has found a plethora of new ways to lose games and fell completely apart in their 31-17 Monday night loss to Frisco after taking a two-touchdown lead at one point.
Seattle has won three straight over St. Louis and 16 of the last 18 meetings overall while compiling a scorching-hit 20-7 ATS mark over their L/27 games against their NFC counterparts.
St. Louis has given up at least 31 points in dropping each of their last three games while also going 1-5 ATS in their last six games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against their NFC West division rivals.
Dallas’ good fortune against Seattle last week will become the Rams’ worst nightmare in this contest. The Seahawks should have this game well in hand by the time halftime rolls around.
My Pick: Seattle -6.5 Points