- Ben Fawkes, NFL
Sometimes it's best to think twice before making a call, especially when that call is to retired 44-year-old quarterback Brett Favre to see if he wants to play for your team Monday night.
Unfortunately for the Rams, that's what a disappointing season has come to. The team sits at 3-4 (2-5 ATS) and with starting QB Sam Bradford lost for the season to a torn ACL. The call to Favre was at least a way to generate some excitement before ushering in the sure-to-be-painful Kellen Clemens era in St. Louis. The Rams defense has plenty of building blocks along the defensive line and in the secondary, but with an offense that has struggled to put points on the board, the defense has been gashed against the pass (30th in pass DVOA, according to Football Outsiders). And the offense hasn't found that deep threat at wide receiver, nor has Tavon Austin been the spark plug the Rams thought he could be when they traded up to No. 8 in the draft to select him. Things could get ugly fast in St. Louis.
As for Seattle, it just keeps on rolling. The team is 6-1 (5-2 ATS), has a ferocious defense that ranks in the top six (according to FBO) against both the rush and the pass, and the offense will soon be adding playmaker Percy Harvin, who is returning following a hip injury. The biggest question for the Seahawks is if they can lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, since they are 11-0 at CenturyLink Field since the start of last season. Not surprisingly, even with an opening line of Seattle minus-10 in St. Louis, 85 percent of the public bets are on the Seahawks, according to ESPN Insider's PickCenter.
Let's turn to line analysis from Jay Kornegay of the Las Vegas Hotel and an ATS pick on the game from our panel of handicappers.
3hEric D. Williams
1dSharon Katz & Hank Gargiulo