NFL Betting: Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams Odds & Prediction: September 13th 2009
When Seattle went to the Super Bowl in 2005, they had one of the most dominant offensive lines in all of football. Walter Jones, Steve Hutchinson, Floyd Womack, Robbie Tobeck and Sean Locklear paved the way for all of Seattle’s offensive success that season. Since that Super Bowl run, the Seahawks offensive line has gradually declined. This year, it’s nothing short of a complete mess.
Guard Mike Wahle retired just before training camp. Walter Jones is hurt. Chris Spencer is hurt. That leaves a starting unit of Ray Willis, Mansfield Wrotto, Steve Vallos, Rob Sims and Sean Locklear, a truly underwhelming unit for a team learning Greg Knapp’s new offense. When we add into the equation a true dearth of talent at running back, the offensive line weakness becomes an even bigger problem. And let’s not forget that this will be the Seahawks first look at Steve Spagnuolo’s hyper-aggressive blitzing defense in St Louis, making those offensive line deficiencies stand out like a sore thumb for a favorite in this price range.
The Rams are not going to be playoff contenders this year, but they are a team with hope and direction after two years of utter ineptitude. We saw the Rams own offensive line come through with a tremendous performance in their Week 3 ‘regular season walkthrough’ game at Cincinnati, completely dominating the Bengals at the line of scrimmage. Expect St Louis to hang tough at Seattle on Sunday, covering this inflated pointspread. 2* Take St Louis.