NFL Free Pick | Rams @ Seahawks

Once again, another underdog was a winner last Thursday when Philadelphia upset Green Bay. Could it happen for a fifth straight week? Anything is possible and when you consider the history of the Rams-Seahawks series backing Los Angeles makes a lot of sense. Considering the play of the 2019 Rams does raise some concerns though.


Ndamukong Suh Letting the Rams Know How Bad They Played Last Week


Game: Los Angeles Rams (3-1, 3-1 ATS) at Seattle Seahawks (3-1, 2-2 ATS)

When: 8:20 ET PM, Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Current Betting Line: SEA -1.5   Total: 49.5

TV Coverage:  FOX


Through four games, the 2019 Rams are allowing 26 points a game. Their secondary got torched last week by Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay for 385 yards and four touchdowns. Coming into Thursday night, that secondary could be down a man or two.

Marcus Peters, who got burnt for a long touchdown last week, spent the week in concussion protocol but is expected to play. Safety Taylor Rapp is listed as doubtful.




The Rams secondary situation is good news for Seattle QB Russell Wilson who is completing an NFL-best 72.9 percent of his passes for 285 yards per game. The Seahawks offense finally got its running game going last week as RB Chris Carson recorded his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Last week’s win over Arizona was also the first game in which Carson didn’t lose a fumble.

Related: 2019 NFL Scores & Stats NFL Betting Power Rankings: Week 4

The Rams have won the last three straight in the series including both games last year, but the Seahawks are tough to beat at home. They are 6-1 in their last seven games at home. The loss was to New Orleans who Seattle spotted 14 points on fumble return and punt return touchdowns. The Seahawks held the Saints to just 265 total yards and 5.3 yards per play.

Seattle is also 11-3 in their last 14 home games against the Rams. Since beginning play at CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks are 99-40 in regular season games. It’s a tough place to play and here’s the kicker.

On Thursday night, the Seahawks will be wearing their Action Green uniforms. Seattle has worn them exactly three times. On each occasion, the Seahawks won. That includes a 2016 game against the same Rams.

So, I’m doing it again. I’m going against the underdog on Thursday night and taking Seattle -1.5.

NFL Free Pick: Seattle -1.5

Pick by Coach Rick


About the Author

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.

When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.