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Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Nobody has been hyping up the Los Angeles Rams as Super Bowl favorites all week. That might be a good thing.
The NFL is a recency-bias league. We're going to go overboard on whatever happened last. The Rams soundly beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3. For the next week, everyone seemed to be punching L.A.'s ticket to a Super Bowl at its own stadium and inscribing Matthew Stafford's name on the MVP trophy.
Then Week 4 happened. The Rams got worn out by the Arizona Cardinals in a 37-20 loss. The Cardinals became the team everyone is buzzing about.
The Rams might not be the 1984 49ers like everyone seemed to figure a week ago, but they're still very good. They might be a great rebound candidate as a 2.5-point favorite at BetMGM vs. the Seattle Seahawks. The line has moved up from -2 earlier in the week, indicating action is coming in on the Rams.
Los Angeles will have its hands full with Russell Wilson, but everyone does. The problem Seattle has is its defense has not been very good. It was better last week, but that had a lot to do with San Francisco starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo being injured before halftime and rookie Trey Lance coming in cold to replace him. The Seahawks potentially being without running back Chris Carson (neck injury) isn't a plus, either.
The Rams are the superior team in this matchup, and home-field advantage is less important than ever. If you liked the Rams a week ago, you should like them on Thursday night. They'll be just fine this time without all of the week-long hype.
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