The NFC West gets the prime time shine in Week 14 of the NFL season with the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.
Oddsmakers have L.A. set as a 1-point home underdog for this divisional rivalry. The Rams and Seahawks have produced good results for the betting underdog in recent meeting, with the team getting the points covering in four of their previous five encounters, including a 30-29 Seattle win in Week 5 in which Los Angeles covered as a 1.5-point pup.
If you’re betting the NFL odds for Sunday Night Football, here are sports betting picks to factor into your handicapping:
Under the Weather
The Seahawks are on a short week after a nail-biting win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Seattle could be extra fatigued as a flu bug rolled through the locker room the past week, leaving many playing through the illness on Monday.
The Seahawks edged the Vikings 37-30 in Week 13, marking the eighth time this season one of their games was decided by a touchdown or less. And four of those game have come down to three points or less, including the previous matchup with Los Angeles.
Seattle need a fourth-quarter comeback to win that game, scoring nine points in the final quarter including a go-ahead touchdown from Chris Carson with just over two minutes remaining. The Seahawks are one of the most volatile teams in the fourth, averaging eight points for (6th) and allowing 8.5 points against (28th).
Live and Die in L.A.
The Rams rebounded from a lopsided Week 12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens with a big win over the Arizona Cardinals, taking a 34-7 victory as 2.5-point road chalk. Los Angeles returns home to a 4-2 record inside the Coliseum, going just 2-3 ATS in those games.
The offense has really sputtered at home this year, averaging a mere 19.4 points per game as a host compared to the 26.6 average points scored on the road. Defensively, the Rams have struggled at home as well, cracking for 27.2 points per home stand versus just 16.3 as visitors – equaling a -7.8 margin on the scoreboard over the entire season.
The L.A. stop unit has stepped it up in recent weeks, outside of that blowout loss to Baltimore. The Rams have limited five of their last six foes to scores of 17, 10, 10, seven, and six points but those opponents were Atlanta, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Arizona – not exactly competition on the same level as Seattle.
The Over/Under betting total for Sunday Night Football is at 47.5 points. The Seahawks bring a 7-5 Over/Under record into the prime time game, going 3-3 O/U on the road. The Rams own a 4-8 O/U count so far this season, with a 2-3 O/U mark at home.
These NFC West rivals have gone Over the total in four straight head-to-head matchups, including playing above the 49-point total back in Week 5’s 30-29 victory for Seattle.