Rams take on arch-enemy in Thursday Night Football

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Los Angeles Rams (3-1) at Seattle Seahawks (3-1)

Time: 5:20 p.m.

Line: Seahawks -1 (Total: 49.5)

The skinny: The formerly unbeaten Rams, who suffered a jarring 55-40 home loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday, play on the road in a key NFC West game against arch-enemy Seattle, where they have won the past two seasons.

Facts: LA lost as a 9.5-point favorite vs. the Bucs, who pulled the biggest upset of the season. … In Week 1, the Seahawks narrowly avoided a similar fate, edging visiting Cincinnati, 21-20, also as a 9.5-point choice. … The Rams had 36 first downs vs. TB, the most for any team in regulation the past three seasons. … Road teams playing on Thursday this season are 3-1, with all three victories coming as an underdog. The only away-team loss came when Tennessee played Jacksonville as a favorite in Week 2. … Seattle is coming off a 27-10 road victory against the Cardinals, sacking Kyler Murray four times and intercepting him once. … The Rams went overboard passing last week, with Jared Goff throwing 68 times, two off the NFL record set by Drew Bledsoe 25 years ago. In the process, LA abandoned the running game with just 11 carries, matching the fewest by any team this year.

Analysis: Even though the Rams swept Seattle last year, they failed to cover either game and were battered by a Seahawks running game that totaled 190 yards in the first meeting and 273 five weeks later in LA, the two worst yields by the Rams last year. Plus, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had six TD throws total without an INT. And he seems to be having an even better year this season, with a league-best completion rate and eight TDs without an interception. Unless LA allows star RB Todd Gurley to have a big workload, instead of babying his achy knees, Seattle should be able to wear down LA with time of possession.

Prediction: Seahawks 31, Rams 2

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Bob Christ, based in New Mexico, has been a gaming writer (primarily the NFL) for almost four decades, with his work appearing in publications/websites across North America. He's a big fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Philadelphia's Eagles and Phillies, and inexplicably the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.

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