Will Seattle Seahawks make the spread against St Louis Rams in week 17?

Should I bet on Seattle Seahawks to cover the spread against the St Louis Rams in week 17?

After a 6 and 4 start the Seattle Seahawks knew they would have to start playing better in order to earn a spot in post season play and it appears that is just what they did. They had their regular season bye in week 11 and then met the Miami Dolphins in week 12.

It was a close game and Miami proved to be a formidable opponent. The Seahawks couldn’t seem to get their ground game together in that game and lost to the Dolphins 24 to 21. But that would be the last loss they would see and they went on to win the next 4 games and clinch a playoff spot.

3 of those 4 wins were in the NFC and moved them into 2nd place in their division and earned them the 5th seed spot in the playoffs. They could earn the first round bye with a win and a loss by San Francisco, Green Bay and Washington. I don’t see all 3 of those things happening but the Seahawks certainly will make the wild card games more interesting.

The Rams come in to this game at 7-7-1 and that tie coming from their game with the NFC West leaders San Francisco. The Rams have played extremely well in the division and in fact are undefeated in the NFC West. Despite this division record and the fact that the Rams won when they met the Seahawks in week 4, I do not think they can beat Seattle the way they have been playing in the second half of the season.

The offense of St Louis is ranked 24th overall and 19th with both their air and ground game, and I just can’t see them standing up against Seattle’s 4th ranked defense. And the running game of the Seahawks has just been impressive in recent weeks.

Even though their offense is ranked 16th overall they are currently ranked 2nd on the ground. A lot of their rushing success is based on running back Marshawn Lynch in his 6th season. He has 1490 yards on 297 carries and 11 touchdowns. I do not think that the Rams will be able to contain Lynch and it would not surprise me to see him score 2 touchdowns in the game on Sunday.

Could he score more than 2? Yes. I think he could but I see Seattle working on their passing game a bit also since they do need a bit more improvement. Although their passing offense is ranked 27th, quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown 25 touchdowns which puts the Seahawks in the top 10 in scoring with the pass.

I think this game will show how and why the Seahawks have earned their playoff spot. By lunch time on Saturday afternoon, the line on this game at most of the sports books have Seattle winning this game by 11 points. With the roll that they are on I see no problem with them covering this spread at all.

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