Week 14 (12/12/11) Monday Night Football Picks St. Louis @ Seattle

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Our free NFL picks continue with Monday Night Football this week, as the Seattle Seahawks try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive against the hapless St. Louis Rams.

Year To Date Record: 45-47 ATS
Upset Record: 11-25, -$1,155

Week 14 NFL Matchup: St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks
Date: Monday, December 12th, 8:30 ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
NFL Week 14 Lines: Seattle -10
Over/Under 37
Week 14 NFL TV Schedule: ESPN

Rams Notes: To say that there is no confidence that the Rams are going to score points in this game is a bit of an understatement since their team total is going to be around 13. They have only scored more than that 13 once since October 30th, and that is only one of the three times this year in which the team has scored more than 13 points in a game. Now to make matters worse, there is a decent chance that QB Tom Brandstater is going to have to make his NFL debut as a starter on the road on Monday Night Football. QB Sam Bradford sat out last week with an ankle sprain, while QB AJ Feeley was injured with a thumb fracture in his place last weekend. Now the team has to regroup with RB Steven Jackson pacing the offense, and he is coming off of his third straight game in which he averaged less than four yards per carry, numbers which aren’t going to cut it for an offense that is basically one-dimensional at this point.

Seahawks Notes: We weren’t counting Seattle out of the playoff chase a few weeks ago when we backed it at 2,500 to 1 to win the whole enchilada. That being said, we are probably out of the playoff push at this point, though with the right combination of wins and losses by other teams, this game could leave the Seahawks just one game back with three to play of at least the last Wild Card slot, if not both Wild Cards when the week is said and done with. QB Tarvaris Jackson continues to more or less just manage the offense, and though this seems like a unit that is just woeful, the truth of the matter is that it is averaging a relatively respectable 18.0 points per game (at least by NFC West standards, that’s respectable). RB Marshawn Lynch has found the end zone in eight straight games, and all nine of his scores have come in that stretch. He could be making his push at the Pro Bowl with a good game on Monday Night Football.

The Final Word: It seems as though we would have a hard time laying double digits with a team that is this poor at scoring. It seems as though Seattle could need to get in the 20s in this game in scoring to cover the spread, but we just aren’t so sure that that is the case, especially if Brandstater has to take snaps.

Week 14 NFL Pick: Seattle -10

NFL Football Prediction: Seattle 17 – St. Louis 6

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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