NFL week 7 online football odds matchup features a matchup with Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will visit the virtually unknown St Louis Rams. Both teams are coming off bitter home defeats against top contenders in the NFC in the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, respectively.
The Seahawks are a surprising 3-2 (their first loss coming at the hands of the San Diego Chargers) and are facing serious questions if they can defend their championship.
Both teams are in need of a victory and the Rams have been a handful for Seattle in St. Louis recently, splitting their last four meetings at the Edward Jones Dome.
— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) October 15, 2014
The Seahawks are next to last in the NFL is passing yardage even in the midst of MVP talks for Russell Wilson who is averaging just 186 yards a game. Only the New York Jets are worse at 182.2 per game. Seattle had only 126 yards passing in the loss to the Cowboys last weekend.
"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."
The Seahawks also have the second-fewest attempts at 28 passes per game, but Wilson still has been sacked 11 times, an average of once every 12.7 pass attempts. Wilson has completed only one pass of more than 40 yards, a 53-yard completion to Jermaine Kearse last week.
The Rams have blitzed on nearly half of their opponents’ drop-backs, second in the league only to Arizona’s 47.9 percent. But those blitzes aren’t hitting pay dirt as the Rams have just one sack after 6 weeks and even that didn’t come via a blitzer.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 15, 2014
Seattle will have to run the ball if they want avoid a second consecutive loss since October 2012.
In Seattle’s three victories this year, Marshawn Lynch has 63 attempts for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He’s carried 16 times for 97 and no rushing scores in the defeats.
"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
Lynch has rushed for at least 97 yards in four of his last five games against the Rams (1-4), but was held to a season-low 23 on eight carries in a 14-9 win at St. Louis on Oct. 28.
Carroll, however, seems likely to feed "The Beast" often against a St. Louis defense that ranks 26th against the run with 139.8 yards allowed per game.
The Seahawks are a one touchdown favorite and a NFL week 7 betting low total of 43 points.
Even with such a low game total, I like the UNDER as the total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis, and in 7 of the last 8 games in this series overall.
I expect a hard hitting battle where the field position will be a key factor; I see Seattle coming away with a statement win in a low scoring affair this NFL week 7 football odds matchup.