The opening lines for next week’s NFL games are out, and they show the Seahawks as 10-point favorites over the Rams Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
That’s the same total the Seahawks were favored by yesterday against the Cardinals before losing 17-10 to Arizona.
Given that the Cardinals came in 9-5 and one of the hottest teams in the NFL while the Rams are 7-8 (though admittedly playing well of late) you’d think that the Seahawks likely would have been a larger favorite had they won Sunday.
Conversely, this is a really tough game to bet on right now as it’s still unclear if it’s a game the Seahawks will have to win. If the 49ers were to lose at home tonight (unlikely, but then this is the NFL where the unlikely happens all the time) then the Seahawks will need to prepare this week as if the Rams game is a must-win. But if the 49ers lose tonight, then Seattle clinches the NFC West and homefield through the playoffs and how it prepares for the Rams could be vastly different.
We’ll obviously know later tonight. For now, you’d think this is a spread of which to be rather wary.