NFL
December 21, 2021

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams: 4 Best Prop, Team Bets

It is the second consecutive night of doubleheaders in the NFL, and for this game, we have an NFC West showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams.

Los Angeles is currently a seven-point favorite despite missing a couple of starters due to COVID-19. Seattle will also be without a few starters, but the Seahawks are having a nightmare season, and at this point, they are just looking to play spoiler. 

Like always, we are back with the three best props of the night, as well as the best overall bet for this game. All you need to do is sit back, relax, watch some football, and responsibly tail our picks.

Here are tonight's winners.

FanDuel: Odell Beckham Jr. Over 48.5 Receiving Yards (-110)

Since being traded to the Rams from the Browns in the middle of the season, Odell Beckham Jr. has seemingly been rejuvenated as a player. In his four games with the Rams, OBJ has caught three touchdowns, and he is averaging 3.7 receptions for 51 yards on 6.2 targets per game.

Los Angeles, like a lot of teams in the NFL right now, is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. However, they will only be without Jordan FullerTyler Higbee, and Rob Havenstein tonight. Even before Beckham took a snap with the Rams, Matthew Stafford is the best quarterback he has ever played with, and based on the early returns, this partnership with the Rams seems like it is going to work out.

Seattle's defense is 24th in yards per pass (7.0), 32nd in passing yards per game, and opposing quarterbacks are completing 67.2% of their passes against the Seahawks. Seattle already lost their most talented player in their secondary in Jamal Adams for the season with a shoulder injury a few weeks ago, but they will also be without D.J. Reed tonight, so an already bad secondary is without a key contributor.

The Rams should, and probably will look to put this game out of reach early, and with OBJ having the most game-breaking ability in the league, he should get a lot of attention from Stafford tonight.

Barstool: Russell Wilson Over 15.5 Rushing Yards (-110)

The Seahawks have all but crossed over into the realm of irrelevancy, and a complete teardown seems likely this offseason. Even since Russell Wilson returned from injury, the Seahawks are 2-3, and they are too far down the standings to make a late playoff push.

Wilson is starting to look like his old self, and Seattle is riding a two-game winning streak. But, against this defense, he will need to do more than just throw the ball well tonight. He is going to have to utilize his biggest strength, and that is his ability to freelance.

In his 10 games this season, Wilson has gone over this rushing total four times, and all four of those games were in a losing effort or a one-score game, or even both. When the Seahawks need a big play to convert a third and long, a crucial play in enemy territory, or any other situation that will require Wilson to be great on that play, his legs are their best weapon.

The Rams have only given up 220 yards rushing to opposing quarterbacks, but that means that quarterbacks are averaging just a tick under 17 rushing yards per game. If there is any quarterback that can hit those season-long averages, it is Wilson.

Draftkings Touchdown Scorer Of The Night: D.K. Metcalf (+130)

Although D.K. Metcalf has not scored a touchdown since Week 8, he is starting to get more targets as Wilson is starting to regain his old form. Since Wilson returned against the Packers in Week 10, Metcalf is averaging 7.2 targets and 3.4 receptions per game.

The Rams' defense will be without Jordan Fuller tonight, so an already disappointing secondary is without one of their starters. On the season, the Rams' defense is 13th in yards per pass, 23rd in passing yards per game, and 29th in opponents' passes per game.

Los Angeles has been very good as a team all season long, and their win against the Cardinals last week could be the turning point for a potential Super Bowl run. They should have no problems with the Seahawks tonight, and that should mean that Seattle will pass the ball a lot in this game to try and keep up. This only increases our chances that their top receiver finds the end zone.

Bovada Best Bet: Rams -6.5 (-125)

The line currently sits at seven points, but buying half a point feels like the safer bet. The Rams are 3-3 ATS this season when the spread is at least seven points, and they are 6-1 SU in their last seven when playing the Seahawks at home.

In those last seven games, the Rams are only beating them by an average of 4.7 points, but that spans back to their days in St. Louis. If we eliminate those two games, the average margin of victory is just under six points.

Seattle was a much better team back then, and the Rams have taken massive strides since the Seahawks' mini dynasty. The Seahawks are 1-5 ATS in their last six against the Rams, and they will fail to cover again tonight.

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