Sam Bradford & Rams (+1) Look To Improve To .500 Against Seahawks, Trends Favor Seattle

September 30th, 2010 – by Alex

The Seattle Seahawks (2-1), coming off an impressive Qwest Field performance in Week 3, will travel to the “Show Me” State and take on the St. Louis Rams (1-2)  in a divisional Week 4 NFL Matchup. This game will kickoff at 1:00pm EST and coverage can be seen on Fox as well as DirecTV channel 711.

It’s been a tale of two teams with the Seahawks thus far in this early season. At home, the squad that only a few years ago was a perennial NFC West favorite has been dominant putting up a perfect 2-0 record with victories over the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers. On the road, however, in Week 2 action, they dropped a game by a 17 point margin to the struggling Denver Broncos.

The Rams who essentially epitomize the NFL rebuilding model this year, are coming off a great victory that interestingly enough followed two losses that easily should have been wins. Six combined points prevented St. Louis from victory over Weeks 1 and 2, which they made up with an impressive 30-16 beat down of the Washington Redskins.

Seattle, for all their mis-steps, managed to overcome a 250 yard difference in yards gained to come out with a victory against the Chargers. While they continued their seemingly chronic trend of allowing a lot of points, they were still able to play solid defense (five takeaways on the day) and utilized Leon Washington’s return capabilities en route to two touchdowns. Interestingly enough, Washington became just the 10th player in history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. On the defensive side of the ball, safety, Earl Thomas was the player of the day coming up with two interceptions for his team, including a key one to seal the game.

The Seahawks will no doubt look to attack a weak Rams group who is currently ranked 25th in the league in defense. Ball control will be key for Seattle in this game because while they give up 377 yards per game, the Rams are ninth in points allowed in the league with 16.3. This means that the Seahawks will have to take advantage of their scoring opportunities, and control the time of possession clock if they hope to be successful against a somewhat inferior opponent in the Rams.

Rams starting running back, Steven Jackson is listed as questionable for the coming game. The condition comes after he suffered a groin injury in the second quarter of last week’s game. While his athleticism and mental toughness is always beneficial for the team, St. Louis can still count on their No. 1 pick, quarterback, Sam Bradford to take command. When Jackson had to exit the game on Sunday, with the team trailing by two points, Bradford spearheaded a 12 play, 74 yard drive for a touchdown that gave his squad the lead. All in all, Bradford finished the day with 235 yards, one touchdown and one interception on a 23-for-37 performance.

Considering the Seattle defense has allowed 733 passing yards in the last two weeks, Bradford could be poised for another break out performance. The key for the Rams will be to continue utilizing their return game, as well as watching out for careless turnovers. The Seahawks defense may allow a lot of points; however, their rookie safety Thomas has an undeniable nose for the ball and could be a difference maker in the upcoming match up.

NFL Game Lines: Even with the Seahawks coming off a good victory against the San Diego Chargers, they enter this game as just a 1 point favorite. NFL Betting Odds on this game may have something to do with the Rams’ improved play and the win last week against Washington but it undoubtedly something to do with the Rams holding the home dome advantage. Additionally, oddsmakers at Bodog Sportsbook have labeled the over/under on this game at 40 points even.

Against The Spread Betting Trends: The Seahawks are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games while the Rams are 7-22 ATS in their last 29 games against the NFC West. Furthermore, the Rams are 7-17 ATS against teams with a winning record. To say the Rams haven’t had much luck against the spread would be an understatement, just look at the NFL Against The Spread Standings over the last few seasons.

Head To Head Betting Trends: In the last six meetings, the Seattle Seahawks are 6-0 ATS. In those six games, Seattle was favored and therefore the favorite is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Finally, the Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games played at St. Louis.

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