Sbg global opened with the Seahawks as 1 point road favorites and with an over/under of 38.5. The game will be telecast on FOX.
Seattle Joyfully Carroll-ing
New head coach Pete Carroll has changed the culture and expectations dramatically in Seattle. The Seahawks play with an enthusiasm that is reflective of Carroll and are 2-1 both straight up and against the spread after their 27-20 home wins over the San Diego Chargers last week as 3.5 point home dogs. Leon Washington had an electrifying performance last week in which he ran back kickoffs of 101 and 99 yards for touchdowns. The 99 yarder broke a 20-20 tie to win the game in the 4th quarter.
Seattle ranks 21st in the NFL for rushing and 24th in passing. Veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been up and down with a QB rating of 75.4 and a poor 4/5 touchdown to interception ratio.
Defense of Extremes
The Seahawks defense has a case of schizophrenia as it ranks 5th in the NFL against the rush but 30th in the league against the pass which adds up to a middle of the pack 15th place ranking for points allowed.
On the Job Training
The St. Louis Rams have a NFL bet record of 1-2 straight up and 2-1 against the spread as they are coming off their first victory of the season last week in a 30-16 home win over the Washington Redskins as 4.5 point home dogs. Rookie starting quarterback Sam Bradford continues to make strides in his on the job training as he has a QB rating of 68.1 and a 59% completion rate with a 4/5 TD/INT ratio. Running back Steven Jackson lends a helping hand to keep defenses honest and the heat off of Bradford with 4.2 yards per carry average. The Rams have had a bend but don’t break defense that ranks 25th for yards allowed but a solid 9th for points permitted.
Seattle has gotten the money in 6 consecutive games against the Rams but has failed to cover the spread in 9 out of their last 10 NFL wagering online road games.