St. Louis Rams (7-7 SU, 10-5 ATS) vs. Seattle Seahawks (10-5 SU, 11-4 ATS)
NFL Week 17
Date/Time: December 30, 2012. 4:05 p.m. EST.
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle.
by Wilson, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: Stl +10.5/SEA -10.5
Over/Under Total: OFF
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Nobody wants to play the Seattle Seahawks right now! The Hawks made it extremely clear to the NFC West-leading San Francisco 49ers yesterday that they are for real. Of course Seattle fans have known for the past handful of weeks how good they are but now it is disgustingly obvious the Hawks are doing well-on both sides of the ball. Seattle cemented their spot in the playoff picture as the fourth team to secure a slot after dismantling the 49ers in Seattle 42-13 win on Sunday evening. They looked flawless in the opening half of the contest and really continued that theme throughout the game. Seattle is scary-good at home with a 7-0 record this season. Let’s take a look at the playoff picture in the NFC-the 49ers now have to win next week to stay atop the NFC West.
San Fran has to beat the Arizona Cardinals this weekend in order to win the NFC West. If the Niners don’t beat the Cards they should go find a hole and jump in-the Cards are struggling with just five wins this season. San Fran will be the No. 3 seed unless the Minnesota Vikings knock off the Green Bay Packers which could happen but I doubt it will. Green Bay will grab the No. 2 seed with a win over the Vikes but we can’t count out the Vikings yet; they did beat Chicago, St. Louis and Houston in the last three weeks stretch. Minnesota would be in with a win over the Packers. Adrian Peterson needs 208 yards to catch Eric Dickerson but I’m sure he would settle with a playoff spot instead-both would be cool. Even if the Vikings lose they might still get in if the Giants, Cowboys, and Bears all lose. Good luck with that scenario. Chicago is in if they beat Detroit and Minnesota losses. The Lions have dropped 7 straight games. The New York Giants need to win and need the Cowboys, Vikings, and Bears all to losethis will be unlikely. Finally, the Cowboys and Redskins play for the NFC East title this weekend in the Nation’s capitol. Dallas will be out if they lose and the Skins can get a wild-card spot if they win and the Bears and Vikings go down. See, that wasn’t hard to follow.
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Although Seattle will probably be on the road in the playoffs unless the 49ers collapse against the Cards, they will still be a threat to any team the way they have been putting the wood on other squads. Russell Wilson continues to play above his rookie-ness. He is more and more like a veteran every week. Wilson tossed four TDs for 171 yards against the Niners, and he is one TD away from matching Peyton manning’s rookie total of 26. Offensively the Hawks are killin teams with their balanced attack and playmaking ability by Wilson. If Lynch doesn’t carry it for a gain then Wilson will or he’ll just roll out and find a variety of receivers. Seattle is hard to defend right now. They are doing it on defense as well-Richard Sherman returned a Red Bryant blocked kick 89 yards for a TD while the rest of the D including Chancellor are hitting hard and holding teams down. The Niners only scored 13 points.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Rams are just trying to finish the season above .500. They beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week 28-13. Rams QB Sam Bradford threw two TDs and 196 yards. Steven Jackson rushed for 81 yards and a TD. Jackson is 10 yards away from his 8th consecutive 1000 yard rushing season.
St. Louis faces a difficult task this weekend in the Pacific Northwest-Seattle is one of the toughest places to win on the road especially this season as the Hawks are undefeated at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks will also be looking to avenge their September 30th loss at St. Louis 19-13 but I don’t see this being a problem. Seattle is a much better team than they were three months ago and St. Louis is about the same. The only thorn for the Hawks will be if Richard Sherman losses his appeal for allegedly taking performance enhancing drugs, if so, he will miss the playoffs all together-ouch.
Give St. Louis credit as they’ve won 4 of their last 5 games but that will end in Seattle-the Hawks are on a mission-and there’s a new sheriff in town; his name is Russell Wilson or is it Richard Sherman or Red Bryant, or any of the Hawks.
Wilson’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Lay the points with the Hawks. Luck to ya.
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