The Seattle Seahawks have their first 10-win season since 2007 and have secured a second postseason appearance in three years. Even though the Rams have been eliminated from the playoffs, they could still garner their first winning record since 2003.
The Seahawks got good news as it was announced today that Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said he has won his appeal to the NFL regarding his four-game suspension for alleged Adderall use. This will aid Seattle in the run to the Super bowl.
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A great deal is on the line in the pride department for both teams, however; the heavier burden belongs to the Seahawks as they look to take NFC West Division title and are vying for a first round bye.
Seattle can clinch the NFC West division with:
1) SEA win + SF loss
Seattle can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) SEA win + SF loss + GB loss
In their last three games alone, the Seahawks have outscored their opponents 150-30, the second-highest point total in the NFL. But, keep in mind St Louis has won four of their last five games and also beat the ‘Hawks in week 4 and San Francisco 49ers in week 13.
Green Bay has a tough matchup against the surging Minnesota Vikings in week 17, so Seattle’s hopes of the bye is not a complete pipe dream.
Here are some recent betting trends for this weeks matchup:
St. Louis Rams:
STL are 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Over is 7-3 in STL last 10 games in Week 17.
Under is 17-8-1 in STL last 26 vs. NFC West.
Over is 15-5-1 in SEA last 21 games in December.
Over is 19-7 in SEA last 26 games on field-turf.
SEA are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall.
Head to Head:
STL are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 meetings
Rams vs Seahawks Odds: Current lines have the Seahawks as a -10.5 favorite, and after beating SanFrancisco last week they increased their odds to win Superbowl XLVII to 5:1, tied with Atlanta Falcons and have better odds than Green Bay and Houston. Only teams with better odds are the 49ers, (+400) NE Patriots (+300) and of course the Denver Broncos (+250).
Can the Seahawks make it to the Superbowl?
Recent history dictates that a multi-dimensional team, playing at peak performance in the final weeks of the regular season can and will make it to the big show.
Rams vs Seahawks Predictions:The Seattle Seahawks are the most dangerous team going into the 2012 playoffs. They, to a certain degree, control their own destiny, but given what we’ve seen in the past three weeks, the only question we should be asking is how many more 40-point games can they put up?
There’s still plenty of time to determine if ‘Hawks will represent the NFC in Superbowl, but things will get a lot more interesting if Seattle clinches the division and Green Bay loses to Minnesota on Sunday. As mentioned, that would give Seattle a first-round bye.
No one is going into Seattle’s house and beating the Seahawks. And there’s a good chance that no team can beat the Seahawks right now, wherever they play.
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