Rams vs Seahawks 2019 NFL Week 5 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on October 2, 2019 in

A key early season battle for NFC West supremacy will take place on Thursday night, as the Seattle Seahawks host the defending NFC champions, the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams enter the game with 3-1 records, and are currently tied atop the NFC West.

This game could be huge in deciding this year’s NFC West championship. Let’s take a look at the latest NFL Odds while making some predictions.

Rams vs Seahawks 2019 NFL Week 5 Odds, Preview & Prediction

Rams Looking to Bounce Back

The Rams come into Thursday night off of a devastating loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home 55-40. While the Rams were being defeated by Tampa Bay, the Seahawks traveled to Arizona, and left with a 27-10 victory over the Cardinals. Seattle leads the all-time series 23-18, but the Rams have won the last three meetings.

The Rams come off of the shocking loss to Tampa, in which the Rams threw the ball 68 times, while only running it 11 times. The Rams gained 518 total yards, but they gave up 474. Seattle jumped out to a 20-3 halftime lead over Arizona. Seattle had a nice balance offensively, as Russell Wilson threw the ball 28 times, while they carried the ball 27 times. The Seattle defense had four sacks, and Jadeveon Clowney had a pick-six.

If the Rams want to win this game, they’ll need to establish Todd Gurley. In each of the four games, the number of rushes for the Rams has decreased. The Rams only ran the ball 11 times against Tampa Bay. If they want to keep Russell Wilson off of the field, they’ll need to run the ball effectively.

Jared Goff has been sufficient for the Rams this season. He has thrown for 1,254 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions. With the return of Cooper Kupp, combined with Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks, Goff has a very good set of receivers. Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee have also contributed to the Rams passing game.

Defensively, the Rams have struggled against the pass. They have three former pro bowlers in the secondary, but they haven’t had a very good season. In their four games, the Rams have 10 sacks. The Rams run defense has been a bright spot. Although they gave up 127 yards to Christian McCaffrey and company in the opener, they’ve tightened things up since then.

Wilson Leading the Attack

As for Seattle, they’re led by Russell Wilson. Wilson has had to throw the ball more than the Seahawks would have liked, but as always, he has been quite adequate. Led by Tyler Lockett, and tight end Will Dissly, the Seahawks passing game has been better than expected.

The running game started off slowly, but has been trending upwards. Chris Carson has had ball security issues, but he ran well in the win against Arizona. Rashaad Penny has been hurt most of the season, so CJ Prosise has stepped in and caught a lot of passes out of the backfield.

With no more Legion of Boom, the Seahawks have had to gain a new identity on defense. With the acquisition of Jadeveon Clowney, the Seahawks upgraded their pass rush. The Seattle defense started off strong against the run, but the opponents rushing numbers have increased every game. The run game stopper is all-pro Bobby Wagner, and he’s once again having an excellent season. Seattle has struggled to stop the pass. Even though LA will want to establish the run, they know that they can move the ball in the air against the Seahawks.

Massive NFC West Tilt

This game is huge for both teams. A victory here will put one of the teams in sole possession of first place in the division. Seattle will have a huge home field advantage, as the 12th man will show up ready for the prime time matchup. Will the 12th man lead the Seahawks to victory, or will the Rams regain their Super Bowl form, and leave one of the toughest places in the league to win with a hard fought victory? Thursday Night Football will be must-see TV this week!