Thursday Night Football odds, spread, line: Seahawks vs. Rams picks, predictions from expert on 35-17 roll

The NFC West is highly competitive every season, with rivalries developing as a result. One will be on display in Week 5 with a Thursday Night Football matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. Seattle welcomes Los Angeles to town, and the Seahawks are looking for their first home win of the season. The Rams are aiming to bounce back from their first loss, falling to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. 

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET in Seattle. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Rams as 2.5-point road favorites, while the Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 54.5 in the latest Rams vs. Seahawks odds. Before you make any Rams vs. Seahawks picks and NFL predictions, make sure you see what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say.

White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It’s no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.

In addition, White has gone an astounding 35-17-1 on his last 53 picks involving Los Angeles, returning more than $1,500. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, White has set his sights on Seahawks vs. Rams. You can head to SportsLine to see his picks. Now, here are several NFL betting lines and trends for Rams vs. Seahawks:

  • Seahawks vs. Rams spread: Rams -2.5
  • Seahawks vs. Rams over-under: 54.5 points
  • Seahawks vs. Rams money line: Rams -135, Seahawks +115
  • LAR: Over has hit in all four Rams games this season
  • SEA: Seahawks are 2-2 against the spread this season

Why the Rams can cover

Los Angeles has enjoyed plenty of success under head coach Sean McVay, but they can take their performance to a different level offensively with Matthew Stafford at the helm. In his first season after arriving in a trade, Stafford is a top-three player in the NFL in passing yards (1,222) and passing touchdowns (11). He ranks No. 3 in passer rating (117.6) and No. 2 in QBR (76.6), No. 4 in yards per attempt (9.1) and has the league’s best sack percentage (2.17 percent).

Stafford’s favorite target has been wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who leads the NFL in receiving touchdowns with five. Kupp is a top-four player in catches (30), receiving yards (431) and total yards from scrimmage. The Stafford-Kupp duo is the biggest reason the Rams lead the NFL in points per drive at 3.28 through four games.

Why the Seahawks can cover

Seattle’s offense is dynamic and Los Angeles isn’t playing quite as well on defense as preseason projections hoped. The Seahawks are a top-eight team in touchdown passes, yards per pass attempt, rushing touchdowns, yards per carry and yards per drive through four games, and they have only one turnover in 2021.

Quarterback Russell Wilson leads the NFL in passer rating (129.9) and yards per attempt (9.6), and the Seahawks haven’t uncorked a single interception. Los Angeles does have defensive talent, but the Rams are 27th in total defense, allowing nearly 400 yards per game. The Rams are giving up 40.1 yards per drive and allowing opponents to convert 50 percent of their third down chances. That and a run defense yielding 4.7 yards per carry paint a favorable picture for Seattle’s offense.

How to make Seahawks vs. Rams picks

White has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he’s leaning over the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

So who wins Rams vs. Seahawks on Thursday Night Football? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see White’s Rams vs. Seahawks picks, all from the NFL expert who’s 35-17 on picks involving Los Angeles, and find out.

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