Seattle Seahawks (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS) vs. St. Louis Rams (1-2 SU, 2-1 ATS)
NFL Week 4
Date/Time: Sunday, September 30, 2012. 1:00 p.m. EST.
Where: Edward Jones Stadium
by Wilson, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: Sea -3/STL +3
Over/Under Total: 41
If you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan you may have jumped out of bed Tuesday morning and hurried to the newsstand or simply turned on Mike & Mike in the Morning to confirm your team actually sneaked out of Century Link Field after the officials handed them the game. However Monday night’s game turned out, it still doesn’t take away from the Seattle Seahawks playing a pretty decent football game against a stellar, experienced Green Bay team. Yes, the game was controversial, but as a bettor, fan, or both, you have to ask why Green Bay is only putting 12 points on the board? The Seahawk’s defense should have dinner paid for by the offense as they are quickly earning the respect they deserve.
The Seahawks now turn their attention towards the St. Louis Rams
for Sundays game in the show-me state (Missouri). Seattle’s offense is like
the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, it just needs a little more oil to get
moving. Seattle’s QB Russell Wilson is establishing himself as a fiery rookie
who can make plays whether with his mobility or with the pass. Wilson is
not your average rookie; he played professional baseball before he made
the move to college football-the guy has a lot of game pressure experience
and it shows every week he competes. Wilson was 10 for 21 for 130 yards
and two TDs against the Packers, and more notable; he made a lot of heads-up
plays by scrambling and rushing for first downs.
The Hawk’s offense called on RB Lynch to carry the ball 25 times for 98 yards in Monday night’s contest as the Hawks still struggled to gain a lot of yards through the air. The passing game in Seattle can be good as Wilson has a live arm and can make plays but the receiving crew needs to do their part as well. If Seattle brings both the rush and the pass to St. Louis they will give the Rams all they can handle.
Eight sacks! Eight sacks in the first half? Yes, the Seattle D sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times before halftime. They also shut down the run and constantly put pressure on the QB. Rodgers threw and completed a ton of passes under 10 yards but when it came to crunch time the Hawks D got the stops.
Speaking of sacks, the St. Louis Rams lost to the Chicago Bears last week 23-6 and part or most of the problem was QB Sam Bradford who was sacked six times and pressured constantly by the Bear’s defense. Bradford is trying to make plays but it is tough to do when the offensive line cannot give you enough time to operate. Bradford has been holding the ball too long as well; he is developing the habit of getting sacked or hurried because he’s not getting the ball out early enough; coupled with a poor O-line and holding onto the pigskin too long is a recipe for disaster. Also, the Rams offense is becoming one-dimensional as their running game is non-existent (15 carries for 45 yards against the Bears) thanks to the weak O-line.
The Seahawk’s defense should take care of business against a struggling Rams offense. Seattle is flying high right now especially after their upset/controversial win over Green Bay on Monday night. Seahawk’s QB, Wilson, is gaining more confidence with every game and this week will be another positive mark for Wilson and his Seattle teammates.
Wilson’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: The Rams are a pretty good home team that can create problems for opposing team’s QB’s. The problem is that they can’t stop the run and Seattle has a good back in Marshawn Lynch. On offense, the Rams patchwork offensive line will break down against Seattle’s dominant front 7. This will be an ugly low scoring game with the Seahawks winning and covering the spread.
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