St. Louis Rams (+12.5) at Seattle Seahawks
For a team that spent weeks playing catch-up in an NFC West race that seemed out of reach, the Seattle Seahawks finally go into a game with a lead to protect. In a sport where we give added weight to games teams must win — at least, games that we deem as such — the Seahawks basically needed all of their last five games to end in victories. They succeeded.
Now what? How does a team follow up a furious comeback in a division race that included two key wins against the former leader – one more impressive than the last? In the same way that most teams follow up a string of stellar play.
By reverting back to the norm.
Seattle is a thoroughly excellent team, and likely on its way to home field advantage throughout the playoffs. But it wasn’t that long ago when the Rams were everyone’s favorite ‘spoiler.’ Now, with back-to-back losses of their own, the Rams have fallen out of favor.
Not so fast.
Seattle wins by four, but St. Louis beats the spread.