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Seahawks Open as Solid Favorites for Wild Card Matchup With Rams

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Seattle Seahawks have opened up as solid favorites at home in their Wild Card Weekend game against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Seattle Seahawks have opened up as solid favorites at home in their Wild Card Weekend game against the Los Angeles Rams. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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The upcoming Wild Card Weekend will feature an NFL playoff matchup between division rivals, as the Los Angeles Rams travel to face the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. These teams split the season series 1-1, with the home team earning the victory in both meetings.

In Week 17 Los Angeles battled to get an ugly 18-7 win without quarterback Jared Goff, while Seattle secured their fourth consecutive win. The Rams' uncertain QB situation is reflected in the opening odds, with the Seahawks as 4.5-point home favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

With Goff out, the Rams were forced to start backup John Wolford in his place. It wasn't a disastrous showing, with the QB totaling 231 passing yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception, but it wasn't anything the Seahawks' defense should be afraid of, either.

Seattle's defense, though, isn't as scary as it once was. They rank right in the middle at No. 16 in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric while giving up the second-most passing yards per game (285.0). The Seahawks' defense needed some last-minute magic from Russell Wilson to bail them out and beat the struggling San Francisco 49ers in Week 17 as well.

Still, Seattle has an incredible edge at quarterback, and that'll matter in this Wild Card game. Even if Goff is able to play, he'll likely be limited, and that could doom the Rams' chances of competing.


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