St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL Week 17 Picks December 28, 2014

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Look who’s back at the the surface of the mountain in the NFC.  We take a look at the Champs  the Seattle Seahawks have swept all before them in their last five games and are now actually in the driver’s to get the  No. 1 seed for the Western conference. Only one team is in their way and that is the  St. Louis Rams, a team which already owns a victory within the Super Bowl champions this year.

Seattle Seahawks Ready for week 17Will the Rams get it done,  unlikely sweep or will the Seahawks get their revenge and homefield through the entire playoffs? Continue reading below for more on this Week 17 matchup.

The Seattle Seahawks are peaking at the right time on both parties of the ball. For the very first few games of these five-game winning streak, it had been the defense that received the plaudits. However in their 35-6 demolition of the Arizona Cardinals, who were previously unbeaten at home, it had been the offense that rightly grabbed the headlines.

The Seahawks produced a franchise-high 596 yards of total offense, mostly through big plays, against an extremely formidable Cardinal defense. Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson both broke out runs of 50 or more yards. Tight end Luke Willson had 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just three catches, including an 80-yard score. Top receiver Doug Baldwin also had 113 yards and a 49-yard catch.

Wilson finished with a career regular season high 339 passing yards and two touchdowns, while he and Lynch combined for 203 of the team’s 267 rushing yards on just 16 carries, with three touchdowns. The Seahawks’outstanding rushing attack can look to get after a fading Rams run defense that has 143 and 128 rushing yards to the Cards and Giants, respectively, two teams in the underside 10 in rushing yards per game this season.

Meanwhile, the defense remained strong as ever, allowing just 29 rushing yards and forcing Cards quarterback Ryan Lindley to a 41 percent completion percentage on 44 pass attempts. Seattle’s D has allowed a great total of three touchdowns and five field goals in its last five games.

A suddenly explosive offense, combined with a Steel Curtain-like defense, makes the Seahawks an incredibly scary team to face. Add the 12th man and the increbile homefield advantage of CenturyLink Field to the mix and they appear almost unbeatable. They’re 6-1 at home this year (5-2 from the spread). The Seahawks stroll to another home win within the Rams.

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