It’s the NFC Wild Card Game. Divisional rivals Rams & Seahawks face off in Lumen Field in Seattle for the right to move on in the playoffs. With these teams splitting the season series, it should be a war on Saturday! It’s a good one.
The Los Angeles Rams head into the postseason more than likely without their starting quarterback in Jared Goff. Goff has not yet been ruled out officially, so his status will remain imperative to this contest. The Rams had no problems without Goff in their Week 17 win over their NFC West rivals in the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams defeated the Cards by the final score of 18-7 at home. With the win, the Rams clinched their second playoff appearance in three years. The last time the Rams were in the playoffs they made it all the way to the Super Bowl, an eventual loss to Tom Brady’s Patriots. The Rams rely on their tenacious defense, a defense that allowed the fewest amount of yards per game (281.9) and allowed the fewest amount of points per game as well (18.5). The Rams’ offense was a bit below-average, but it did not need to be stellar for the team to have success. The Rams ended the regular season with a 10-6 record and owned impressive victories over teams like the Seahawks, Buccaneers, and the Cardinals (twice).
The Seattle Seahawks ended their regular season with a close 26-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers on the road (in Arizona). The Seahawks ended the regular season with four straight wins over the Jets, Washington Football Team, Giants, and Niners. The Seahawks own a 12-4 record and will host a playoff game for the first time since the 2016 season. The Seahawks’ offense was ranked 8th in the league in terms of points per game. When it came to yards per game, the Seahawks were around the middle of the pack on offense. Defensively, the Seahawks started the season poorly on the defensive side but ended the year on a heater. The Seahawks allowed 20 or fewer points in four of their last five games to end the season. For Seattle, it is Super Bowl or bust, and a win here is necessary for the Hawks organization.
The Under is 4-0 in the Rams last 4 games overall. The Under is 5-0 in the Seahawks last 5 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game. The Rams are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 meetings in Seattle. The Under is 4-0 in the Rams last 4 games after allowing less than 15 points in their previous game. The Under is 5-0 in the Seahawks last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Home team is 11-5 ATS in their last 16 meetings. The Under is 8-0 in the Rams last 8 games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game. The Under is 4-0 in the Seahawks last 4 games as a home favorite. The Under is 15-7 in the last 22 meetings. The Under is 12-2 in the Rams last 14 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game. The Under is 5-0 in the Seahawks last 5 games on fieldturf. The Under is 6-1 in Rams last 7 games following a straight up win. The Under is 4-0 in the Seahawks last 4 home games.
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