RAMS (4-9) AT SEAHAWKS (8-4-1), 8:20 p.m.
TV: Ch. 4, NFL; Radio: WCBS (880)
Seahawks by 16; O/U: 38 1⁄2
For a 4-9 team that has the NFL’s worst offense, the Los Angeles Rams have scored the most coverage this week. That’s what happens when you go Hollywood.
Jeff Fisher was fired Monday after a 42-14 home loss to the Falcons on Sunday, not long after news broke that the Rams had given him a contract extension. Talk about drama. Now the Rams have to play on a short week. Against the big, bad Seahawks at big, bad CenturyLink Field, home of the “12th Man.” Throw in that Seattle will play with an extra edge after last week’s blowout loss at Green Bay, and HBO might as well air this as a follow-up to the Rams’ training camp season as “Hard Knocks: Battered Rams.”
Now we all know there’s no way the Rams — led by rookie quarterback Jared Goff and interim coach John Fassel (son of former Giants coach Jim) — are going to go into Seattle and win. The only question then: Will Seattle cover the largest point spread of the season? Laying more than two touchdowns is a lot, but considering the circumstances, Seattle is a relatively easy choice.
It’s against a division rival that has had its number. The Rams have beaten the Seahawks three in a row, including a 9-3 win in Week 2. It’s payback time.
Seattle will be smarting after another bad showing on the road. Russell Wilson threw five interceptions and the defense was picked apart in a 38-10 loss Sunday.
The Seahawks are 6-0 at home. Two weeks ago, they beat the Panthers, 40-7, after a 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay. Expect Seattle to bounce back with another lopsided score.
Lastly, the Rams can’t score. They average 14.9 points per game, nearly five points fewer than the next-to-last team, and are the only team averaging under 300 yards (286.2).
So ask yourself this: Can the Rams score more than 10 points in this game? And even if they manage in the teens, it won’t be enough to cover. No Hollywood ending in this one: Seahawks 34, Rams 6.
The pick: Seahawks
Tom Rock: Seahawks
Kimberley A. Martin: Seahawks
Bob Glauber: Seahawks