Our Los Angeles vs Seattle pick for Saturday, January 9, 2021 is the second of three point-spread wildcard picks we’re offering today. In this NFC wildcard contest, the Rams are the underdog at +3.5 (-120). On the other hand, the Seahawks are favored at -3.0 (-102). In the NFC West this season, Los Angeles finished second with a record of 10-6. At the same time, in the same division, Seattle was first. They posted a 12-4 winning mark. In regular-season play on November 15, the Rams beat the Seahawks 23-16. However, in their second meeting, which was on December 27, Seattle took down Los Angeles 20-9.
This NFC wildcard game will kick off at 4:40 pm ET. It will be played at Lumen Field in Seattle, WA. Game time temperature will be 42 degrees with a 6% chance of precipitation. It will be cloudy with winds from the east at 3 mph. Also see our spread pick for today’s earlier Indy vs Buffalo game.
Los Angeles vs Seattle Pick – Offenses
On offense, the Rams averaged 23.3 PPG. Conversely, the Seahawks put up 28.7 PPG, giving them an advantage over LA of 5.4 points. Note, the Seahawks were second in the league in passing yards with 285.0 per game. Conversely, the Rams were last in passing with 190.7. Neither rush attack was very effective, as Los Angles averaged 91.3 YPG and Seattle 95.6.
For the Rams, QB Jared Goff , who is questionable for today, has been off and on. Goff, who completed 67.0% of his passes, threw 20 TD passes and 13 interceptions. He’s been sacked 23 times. Also, Goff has crossed the goal on shirt runs four times. Top receivers include WR Robert Woods and TE Tyler Higbee with six and five TD catches respectively. However, Goff’s favorite target, Cooper Kupp with 92 catches, has just three scoring receptions. On the ground, RBs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr. have recorded four and three TDs respectively.
For Seattle, QB Russell Wilson has been exceptionally productive as he’s thrown 40 TD passes and rushed for two more. Also, Wilson has posted a 68.8% completion rate while tossing 13 picks. However, one problematic stat concerns the 47 times Wilson has been sacked. He’s facing a very tough pass rush, which could compromise the success of this team’s pass attack. Wideouts DK Metcalf (83 REC, 1,303 YDs, 10 TDs), Tyler Lockett (100 REC, 1,054 YDs, 10 TDs), and David Moore (35 REC, 417 YDs, 6 TDs) are a premium group of pass catchers. RB Chris Carson brings five rushing and four receiving TDs.
Rams vs Seahawks Spread Pick – Defenses
Our Los Angeles vs Seattle pick notes that the Ram D allowed just 18.5 PPG. That was best in the NFL. On the other hand, Seattle gave up 23.2 PPG. As a result, opponents scored almost five more points per game against the Seahawks than they did versus Los Angeles.
On defense, the Rams have recorded an impressive 53 sacks and 81.5 TFL. Plus, they have 12 forced fumbles with eight recovered, 14 INTs, and 68 PD. Also, the D has recorded four TDs. Standouts on D include DE Aaron Donald (13.5 SCKs, 19.5 TFL, 4 FF) and LB Leonard Floyd 10.5 SCKs, 12.5 TFL, 1 FF). Also, corner Darious Williams brings to this game four picks and 14 PD, while safety Jordan Fuller and corner Troy Hill each have three interceptions. Consequently, this is a tough secondary. Overall, this defense is exceptionally solid.
The Seahawks also bring a sound D to this game. Seattle has accumulated 46 sacks, 102 TFL, 14 INTs, and 79 PD. In addition, they’ve forced 14 fumbles while recovering eight. However, although these numbers are good, they’re lacking a bit when compared to those of the Rams. LB Bobby Wagner tops the team with 81 solo tackles and 138 total bringdowns. He also has three sacks, 7.5 TFL, and nine PD. Corner Shaquill Griffin, who is questionable, has three picks and 12 PD, while safety Quandre Diggs has grabbed five interceptions and defended 10 passes. Safety Jamal Adams has accumulated 9.5 sacks, 14 TFL, and three PD. Additionally, DT Jarran Reed has posted 6.5 sacks and 7.5 TFL and DT Benson Mayowa has six sacks and eight TFL.
Los Angeles vs Seattle Pick – Final Word
Our Los Angeles vs Seattle pick notes that on offense the Seahawks are scoring 5.4 more points per game than the Rams. However, LA is allowing opponents 4.7 fewer points per game than Seattle. The big factor in this game could be the Ram defense. Can Russel Wilson rise above them? The Los Angeles defense can score, plus they bring an awesome quarterback rush. This is a tough pick, but we are going with Wilson and the Seahawks. We think they will eke out a win. Take the Seahawks at -3.0 (-102).
Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks Summary
Seattle Seahawks at -3.0 (-102)