In this article, we’ll provide you with our top football betting picks and advice for the Week 5 Thursday Night Football game between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. We study the odds, betting lines, teams, and players to give you our recommended betting picks to beat the New Jersey sportsbooks.
This clash between the NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks, is sure to give us another Thursday night football thriller. While the Rams have won three of the last four meetings, it has been the Seahawks covering the spread in three of those four. Our top pick is for the total to go over 49.5 points. Let’s dive into the facts and figures below to learn why this is our top betting pick.
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-1.5) – O/U: 48.5
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 – 8:20 p.m. EST
Betting Pick: Over 49.5
TNF Week 5 Betting Lines: Rams at Seahawks
Given how each team played in Week 4, we’ve seen the Seahawks go from 1.5-point underdogs to 1.5-point favorites. Nonetheless, 53 percent of public bets/56 percent of money wagered is in the Rams’ favor.
In addition, the total jumped from 48 to 49.5 in this game. So far, we’ve seen a lot of bettors on the over, with 69 percent of public bets/79 percent of money wagered going in that direction.
Rams Betting Form
It’s all about offense for the Rams in this game, considering how last week’s 55-40 loss went. They’ll really need to take advantage of the matchup WR Brandin Cooks against Seahawks CB Tre Flowers – multiple deep balls can lead to multiple scores. Not to mention, WR Cooper Kupp has been simply fantastic this season, with at least 100 receiving yards in each of the last three games.
Running the ball against Seattle has been disastrous for its opponents this season. In fact, no teams have even attempted to run the ball more than 20 times against them in any game so far through four games. LA also hasn’t attempted more than 20 runs in each of its last two games.
The Rams’ defense was absolutely atrocious in their Week 4 loss to the Buccaneers. To make matters worse, they’ll have two questionable players on that side of the ball – LB Bryce Hager (shoulder) and S Taylor Rapp (ankle). Not to mention, CB Marcus Peters might still be on cloud nine after that hit he took last week.
Seahawks Betting Form
The Seahawks love to run the football, and that’s probably not going to work well against the Rams. Granted, we’ve Christian McCaffrey and Nick Chubb have successful days, but there’s no one like that on Seattle’s roster. With Jameis Winston having tons of success a few days ago, look for the Seahawks to use some aggressive play calling and have a big day offensively. QB Russell Wilson has yet to be picked this season and thrown eight touchdown passes in the process. This should be a good opportunity for WR Tyler Lockett to get loose deep a few times.
On defense, it’ll be difficult to slow down a Rams offense that’ll be highly motivated. You have to expect boy-wonder head coach Sean McVay to have more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
TNF Week 5 Betting Pick: Over 49.5
Both teams have been solid against the run, allowing an average of under 100 yards per game. What’s interesting, though, is that the Rams are the second-fastest team in situation-neutral pace (27.1 seconds per play) while the Seahawks are the second-slowest team (34.5 seconds per play). We should see plenty of passing plays, just as we have in the last few matchups, and that won’t necessarily kill the clock – in fact, it should speed the Seahawks up. Not to mention, both sides (Rams: Aaron Donald, Seahawks: Jadeveon Clowney) have a playmaking force on their interior defense, and that could lead to a turnover which gives the offense favorable field position.
After all, three of the last four meetings between the teams have gone over the total.
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