St. Louis Rams Need Offensive Improvement Against Seahawks to Beat the Line

The rebuilding St. Louis Rams, coming off a 23-6 pasting at the hands of the Chicago Bears last week, will face its first NFC West-rival of the season Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks come to town. The Rams are 2.5-point road underdogs and the over/under is 38 points according to the latest NFL odds.

The Rams will have to get much better production from its offense than it did a week ago if it’s to pull off the upset of the Seahawks. The Rams offense collected just 160 yards of total offense against the Bears and rank near the bottom of most statistical categories. They will now face one of the top defenses in the league in Seattle. The Seahawks rank first in the NFL in point allowed this season at 13.0, are second versus the run at 58.7 yards allowed and check in fourth in total defense with 272.3 yards allowed.

While Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is completing a respectable 64.2 percent of his passes this year and looks to be completely recovered from last year’s season-ending injury, he hasn’t gotten much help from his teammates. There are a variety of reasons for the Rams low offensive output with the most notable being a rash of dropped passes to go along with poor offensive line play.

The Rams makeshift offensive line gave up six sacks to the Bears last week and continues to deal with key injuries. Both its starting center and left tackle are expected to be out another week and miss the Seattle game. It will be a tall order for the offensive line to contain a Seahawks’ pass rush that sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times in the first half alone last week.

Seattle swept both games of this series a season ago. The Seahawks beat the Rams 24-7 as 3-point road underdogs in November and came back four weeks later to win 30-13 as 9-point home favorites.

One advantage the Rams could have is the circus the Seahawks have been dealing with since their controversial last-play win against the Green Bay Packers Monday night. Besides that, the numbers indicate Seattle is likely to cover the 2.5-point spread.

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