Monday Night Football: Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams Preview and Pick

James BrownSenior Analyst IDecember 11, 2011

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 01:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks rushes against the Philadelphia Eagles at CenturyLink Field on December 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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When the NFL season started, the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams had hopes they would be able to win the weak NFC West. After a surprising return to form by the San Francisco 49ers, the Rams and Seahawks are relegated to playing for pride on Monday night.

The Monday Night Football odds on this game have the Seahawks listed as double-digit favorites. The line opened at 10 points but has been bet up to 11 points in several locations, as 70 percent of the public betting money is on the home team.

It is not a surprise that the Seahawks are getting some love in this game. After all, the Rams just have two wins on the season and the Seahawks have played well at home this season. The Seahawks have had some success against good teams in the NFL this year with victories over the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens.

In the last meeting against the Rams, the Seahawks won easily by a final score of 24-7. The Seahawks have dominated this series, winning nine out of the last ten games, dating back to 2006. Although the teams have changed dramatically over that time, the results have remained the same.

Things don’t look like they will get any better for this prime-time affair, as the Rams are dealing with injuries. Starting quarterback Sam Bradford and backup A.J. Feely are both ailing and have been held out of practice this week.

That could open the door for Tom Brandstater, who has taken all of the first-team snaps this week with the Rams. Brandstater was signed off the practice squad a week ago and is slated to be under center against Seattle.

On the other sideline, Tarvaris Jackson is looking very comfortable under center, and as long as Marshawn Lynch is racking up yards, the Seattle offense should have no trouble putting up points against the Rams.

When it comes to betting on the game, there is little support for the Rams. The Rams are 1-8 against the spread (ATS) in the last nine meetings and 3-13 ATS in the last 16 games overall.

The Seahawks are 6-1 ATS in the last seven games against the NFC and will get another big win and cover the number on Monday Night Football.

Predicted Final: Seattle 34, St. Louis 10

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