It’s a new week in the 2021 NFL season, which means that it’s time for another Thursday Night Football matchup. This week’s contest will be played between the Los Angeles Rams (3-1) and the Seattle Seahawks (2-2).
Tonight’s game marks the first time that the two NFC West rivals will meet this season. The Rams will be looking to bounce back from their loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week while the Seahawks are hoping to win two games in a row for the first time this season.
Read on for betting odds (Bovada) and analysis as to what you can expect in tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup.
Rams vs Seahawks General Information and Statistics
Tonight’s matchup will be played at Lumen Field in Seattle, WA — home of the Seahawks. Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. EST and the game can be viewed on FOX and the NFL Network, as well as multiple streaming platforms.
The Rams are averaging 28.8 points per game this season, which is the sixth-best average so far this season. Meanwhile, the Seahawks average 25.8 PPG — 10th-best in the NFL. Defensively, Los Angeles is surrendering 24.8 PPG (18th) while Seattle has been giving up an average of 25.0 PPG (T-19th).
Thursday Night Football: Rams vs Seahawks Odds
Odds via Bovada as of Thursday, October 7
- Los Angeles Rams (3-1) vs Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
- Moneyline: Rams (-140) vs Seahawks (+120)
- Spread: Rams -3.0 (+100) vs Seahawks +3.0 (-120)
- Total: 54.5 — Over (-110), Under (-110)
Complete odds list and prop bets available at Bovada.
Rams Poised for TNF Bounce-Back Win
After losing 37-20 to the Arizona Cardinals last week, the Rams are favored for a bounce-back victory over the Seahawks at -140 odds.
If Los Angeles wants to be victorious against its divisional rival, it’s going to need a big Thursday Night Football game from quarterback Matthew Stafford. After throwing over 300 passing yards and four touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, Stafford had somewhat of a disappointing showing last week, completing just 63.4% of his passes for 280 yards and two TDs to one interception. It’s hardly the worst quarterback performance of the season, however, it left a lot to be desired after he had looked like an MVP candidate through the first three weeks.
Wideouts Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp will also need to have a strong showing against the Seahawks. The Rams’ top pass-catchers combined for just nine receptions, 112 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. Fortunately, they could both see big performances in a game that’s projected to be a shootout with a 54.5-point projected total. Both teams are also listed in the Top 10 when it comes to giving up total yards per game this season, with Los Angeles allowing 396.8 (27th) and Seattle giving up a league-leading 444.5.
While both teams have been known for their defense in the past, it’s looking like offense will be at the forefront of Thursday Night Football tonight.
Seahawks Thursday Night Football Odds
On the other hand, the Seahawks (+120) are looking to form a little win streak of their own. After winning its season-opening contest, Seattle lost its following to wins before edging out the San Francisco 49ers, 28-21, last Sunday.
Unfortunately, the Seahawks could be without running back Chris Carson tonight. It was revealed late on Wednesday that Seattle’s No. 1 back has a neck issue that forced him out of practice all week and now he’s questionable for tonight’s matchup. If Carson sits out tonight, the lead rushing duties will likely fall to Alex Collins, who rushed the ball 10 times last week for 46 yards and a touchdown.
The Seahawks also need to realize tonight that they likely can’t contain the Rams offense. They haven’t faced a team like Los Angeles yet, however, Seattle’s two losses this season came against the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings, who both scored 30 points or more in their respective victories. To put things into perspective, the Rams have scored 34 points twice this season and all three of their wins have come when they’ve put up 27 or more points.
In other words, the Seahawks have to make sure that their offense is ready to perform as soon as they hit the field. They’re already at a disadvantage of Carson is out, so look for Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf to be heavily featured once again. There will be a lot of points on the board by the time the game is over, but only time will tell who puts them up during Thursday Night Football.