Last Updated on January 9, 2021
- The No. 3-seeded Seahawks enter this Wild Card matchup as 4.5-point home favorites.
- The Rams finished the season at 10-6 and squeaked into the postseason as one of the NFC’s three Wild Card teams.
- The Rams have covered in three of their last four meetings with the division-rival Seahawks.
- Both teams split the regular-season series in 2020.
NFL fans, the postseason has finally arrived. After a pandemic-impacted NFL betting season that included players missing games because they either tested positive or were close contacts of COVID-19 as well as rescheduled games on multiple occasions, playoff football is finally upon us.
And this year, it’s better than ever. Under the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, the playoff format has been expanded from 12 to 14 teams — seven per conference. Since there’s now just one team in both the AFC and NFC that possesses a first-round bye, we will have three games on both Saturday and Sunday of Wild Card Weekend.
To kick off the NFC’s trio of matchups, the six-seeded Rams will take on the three-seeded Seahawks on Saturday afternoon at 4:40 p.m. ET. Given that it’s also an NFC South matchup, this game is extremely anticipated and will act as the “rubber game” between these two teams — Los Angeles and Seattle split the regular-season series.
At the moment, it’s very much unclear if Rams quarterback Jared Goff will be suiting up for his team. Goff suffered a broken thumb in the recent Week 16 loss to Seattle and missed the Week 17 win over the Cardinals.
This Action Rush NFL Playoffs betting guide provides odds, picks, and analysis for the Rams-Seahawks Wild Card matchup.
Rams – Seahawks Wild Card Odds
Per DraftKings Sportsbook, the Seahawks enter this game as 4.5-point home favorites and are -200 on the moneyline while the Rams are +175. The total is set to over-under 42.5.
The Rams are 9-7 against the spread this season while the Seahawks are 8-8 in those regards. The over has also hit in four of the Rams’ 16 games (4-12) and seven of the Seahawks’ 16 games (7-9). The average total is 41.8 for Los Angeles and 51.9 for Seattle.
Betting Public Leans Towards Favored Seahawks
|Teams||Point Spread||% Handle||% Bets||Total Points||% Handle||% Bets||Moneyline||% Handle||% Bets|
|LA Rams||+3||44%||36%||Over 42.0||58%||68%||+150||34%||37%|
|SEA Seahawks||-3||56%||64%||Under 42.0||42%||32%||-175||66%||63%|
Seahawks vs. Rams Player Prop Bets
|Quarterback||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TDs|
|Russell Wilson (SEA)||23.5 (Ov -127 | Un +102)||254.5 (Ov +101 | Un -125)||1.5 (Ov -143 | Un +115)|
|Running Backs||Rush Attempts||Rush Yards||Receiving and Rush Yards|
|Russell Wilson (SEA)||N/A||24.5 (Ov +100 | Un -124)||N/A|
|Chris Carson (SEA)||14.5 (Ov -111| Un -111)||59.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||82.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)|
|Cam Akers (LAR)||N/A||64.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||N/A|
|Wide Receivers + Tight Ends||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|DK Metcalf (SEA)||4.5 (Ov -157 | Un +125)||60.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||22.5 (Ov -110 | Un -111)|
|Tyler Lockett (SEA)||5.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||62.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||20.5 (Ov -115 | Un -105)|
|David Moore (SEA)||1.5 (Ov +115 | Un -143)||19.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||12.5 (Ov -115 | Un -110)|
|Chris Carson (SEA)||3.5 (Ov +136 | Un -175)||19.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||10.5 (Ov -115 | Un -105)|
|Freddie Swain (SEA)||2.5 (Ov -182 | Un +150)||6.5 (Ov -110 | Un -111)||0.5 (Ov -200 | Un +155)|
|Robert Woods (LAR)||4.5 (Ov -159 | Un +127)||52.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||20.5 (Ov -110 | Un -111)|
|Josh Reynolds (LAR)||2.5 (Ov +137 | Un -175)||23.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||14.5 (Ov -110 | Un -111)|
|Cooper Kupp (LAR)||4.5 (Ov -124 | Un +100)||51.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||20.5 (Ov -115 | Un -110)|
|Van Jefferson Jr (LAR)||2.5 (Ov -177 | Un +140)||8.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||0.5 (Ov -182 | Un +145)|
Game Preview and Betting Angles
Considering this is a division battle, you can expect both of these teams to enter with extra motivation to notch a huge victory and move onto the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Except, given the uncertainty of Goff’s status, the Seahawks are more likely to emerge victorious in this matchup. They’re the more talented team anyway, and without Goff, the Rams offense won’t be able to reach its full potential.
If Goff does indeed sit out, the Rams would go with John Wolford, who threw for 231 yards on 22-of-38 passing in Sunday’s win over Arizona.
Rams Game Notes
Despite Sean McVay’s reputation as an offensive guru, the Rams experienced issues scoring points this year. They tied for 22nd in the league with an average of just 23.3 points per game. However, they were more dominant in the total yardage category, gaining an average of 377.0 yards (11th in the NFL).
In the event that Goff sits, the Rams will need to rely on a run game that’s been productive for much of the year. Rookie Cam Akers is averaging 4.3 yards per carry while second-year man Darrell Henderson is averaging 4.5 yards per carry with five touchdowns. Malcolm Brown, on the other hand, is averaging 4.1 yards per carry with five scores. Henderson is dealing with an ankle injury though, so whoever eventually suits up would need to assist in taking the pressure off Wolford in what will be a huge game at Lumen Field.
This Rams defense (atop the league in scoring with 18.5 points allowed per game and total defense with 281.9 yards allowed per game) will additionally need to step up against a high-powered Seattle offense that’s scoring 28.7 points per game.
Seahawks Game Notes
If Goff isn’t good to go and Wolford starts for the Rams, you should probably expect the Seahawks defense to bring the pressure anyway it can. The 25-year-old is inexperienced and not all that talented, and will certainly make mistakes if defenders are in his face.
Seattle will definitely get Jamal Adams involved in the pass rush a significant amount in order to take the pressure off its horrific secondary. To close out the regular season, the Seahawks were second-to-last in the NFL with 285.0 passing yards allowed per game.
Offensively, the Seahawks need to establish the run and execute long drives in order to tire this strong Rams defense out. When it comes to throwing it, they need to pick their spots. The Rams employ the top secondary in the NFL and definitely carry the potential to give Russell Wilson issues all game long.
The last time these two teams played in Week 16, Wilson threw for 225 yards and one score on 20-of-32 passing while running back Chris Carson rushed for 69 yards on 16 carries.
How To Watch Rams – Seahawks Playoff Game
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 9
- Time: 4:40 p.m. ET
- Location: Lumen Field (Seattle, WA)
- TV: FOX
Prediction: Seahawks Cover and Win Outright
With the possibility that Jared Goff’s injury will force him to sit out, I can see the Seahawks defense having the upper hand while the offensive unit does just enough in order to win this game. Take the Seahawks to win outright by a touchdown, and also, I’d take the under, given the strong LA defense and limited LA offense (sans Goff).