NFL Tips: Rams to down Seahawks in our 14/1 Thursday night Bet Builder

Big game in the NFC West...

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It’s week five in the NFL and Thursday Night Football has a big clash now in the NFC West as the LA Rams head north to take on the Seattle Seahawks. Paddy Power Trader Dan Whitty has given us his best bet builder for this one…

Handicap: LA Rams – 2.5 points

We’ve finally got a blockbuster match for Thursday Night Football with the two teams in the battle for the NFC West.

The Rams seemed to be humbled by the Cardinals last week, and maybe had a bit of a hangover after beating the reigning Super Bowl champions by double digits. Prior to Sunday they had been imperious, snatching about 32 points a game and ranking as one of the best offences in football.

Seattle are coming off quite a few fortunate breaks. Against the 49ers here and they were able to score crucial a few crucial turnovers late in the game and flip that to win by a touchdown. They’ve had a bit of a rollercoaster start with a win in week one, then consecutive losses to the Titans and Vikings.

It’s hard to go into Lumen Field here in Seattle and take on the Seahawks with their raucous fans, though looking at that defence that they have now is nowhere near you. Know what they used to have with their legion of boom and the higher-powered nature of this Rams offence.

I think it’ll be very tough not to take LA by more than one score.

 

Total points: Over 54.5

This a high enough line – it’s one of the highest totals this week, in fact, but it’d be silly not to take you over here.

These two rivals rank top ten in scoring this season. The Rams are putting up just shy of 30 points a game, but that includes the 20 points that they put up last. You combine that with Seattle having a pass defence that ranks third bottom in the league and LA should just put up points here.

On the other side, you’ve Seattle with Russell Wilson under centre. He’ll always be competitive and I think their running game could cause the Rams a few problems and keep them honest so it’s pretty much all set up for a shootout.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 09: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter in an NFC Wild Card game at Lumen Field on January 09, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Passing Yards: Matt Stafford over 305.5

LA definitely one in the Stafford-Goff trade this season. He’s showing that he’s probably up there with elite QBs and that it’s been Detroit that has been holding him back this season.

He’s ranked currently ranked 4th in passing leaders with 1,222 yards, twelve 122 passing yards, and 11 TDs.

He definitely has enough weapons on the outside to pick apart Seattle’s defence weaknesses.

 

Anytime TD Scorer: Cooper Kupp

Cooper Kupp started off the season on fire, so you’d think he’s going to continue this in Seattle on Thursday night.

He’s already created this really good connection with Stafford in the first couple of weeks.

Kupp is third in yards for all receivers and already has five touchdowns. He had a quiet game with only 64 yards last week and no touchdown, but I think it’ll rectify that on Thursday night.

 

Anytime TD Scorer: Tyler Lockett

Tyler Lockett is Seattle leading receiver over the first couple of weeks, which might be a bit of a shock and is probably as a result of teams being more concerned by DK Metcalf, I think this is going to be a similar story here Thursday night.

Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be dealing with DK Metcalf, so that should free up space for Lockett to do a big job for his team and get into the end zone.

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