The Los Angeles Rams are merely hours away from an opportunity to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in their home stadium for the second time in 2021 and you’re probably wondering: “Well, geez Kenneth, what’s going to happen in the game?”
If I told you, would you still watch?
My expectations for the game begin with the fact that both teams have top-10 quarterbacks, effective offensive lines, and at least two wide receivers who are known to dominate, and most importantly, Seattle and LA each have dramatic concerns with their defense right now so as I wrote earlier: I expect points.
According to DraftKings, the Rams are -2 point favorites over the Seattle Seahawks in tonight’s Thursday Night Football match up. But how will they achieve that win?
Dylan Deines posted four bold predictions of the game already, and I will follow that up with some predictions that are far less to chance.
First touchdown: Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp
Kupp has an NFL-leading five touchdown receptions and the Seahawks defense has allowed eight passing touchdowns (with only one interception) over the first four games.
Last score: Matt Gay’s 54-yard field goal
Gay has made 22-of-25 field goal attempts and 29-of-29 extra point attempts since joining the Rams 11 games ago. He is only 2-of-2 beyond 50 yards, but he made five such kicks as a rookie in Tampa Bay in 2019.
Stafford passing yards: 382
This would be a new season-high for Stafford and right now the Seahawks are allowing 310 yards per game.
Russell Wilson interceptions: 1
Wilson leads the NFL in passer rating (129.9) in large thanks due to no interceptions thrown, but he hasn’t played his best ball by any stretch of the imagination. The Rams picked off Wilson twice in their first meeting in 2020, then again in the wild card round. Look for Jalen Ramsey to find the ball and create a turnover opportunity for himself at some point, whether that’s a pick, a deflection-near-pick, or a forced fumble.
Rams Receiving Yards: Kupp 132, Robert Woods 73, Van Jefferson 65
Sean McVay said he wanted to get Robert Woods more involved. Is he going to make it so obvious within days of that comment, however? Cooper Kupp is clearly the team’s best weapon. The rest of the yards are spread around.
Darrell Henderson rushing yards: 61
But Henderson catches three passes for 35 yards and scores two touchdowns.
Chris Carson rushing yards: 80
Seattle will lean more on the run than the Rams but this will still be a game up for Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford to decide.
Score: Rams 37, Seahawks 34
One of the highest-scoring games in TNF history, with the highest-scoring being a 41-39 showdown between McVay and Kyle Shanahan in 2017.
What are your predictions for Thursday night?
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.