Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks picks, predictions: Who wins NFL playoff game?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Los Angeles Rams (10-6) and Seattle Seahawks (12-4) face off on Saturday in a Wild Card NFL playoff game.

Which team will get the victory?

Check out these NFL playoff picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 2:40 p.m. MST time on Fox.

The Seahawks are a 4.5-point favorite in the game.

More NFL Wild Card playoff picks, predictions:

Pro Football Network: Seahawks 24, Rams 14

Ben Rolfe writes: "So much about this matchup depends on the availability of Jared Goff. If Goff is under center and healthy, then the Rams have a chance to repeat their Week 10 victory. However, the Seahawks defense has continued to improve in the second half of the season. Week 17 was the first time they allowed over 20 points since their Week 11 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. It is hard to see how the Rams win this game without Goff. The Rams offense relies on the run game, and with Wolford under center, the Seahawks can key on that aspect of the game. We know the Seahawks can score 20 points even against good defenses, and that might be enough against a Rams offense that is struggling. Our pick for this NFL playoff game is for the Seahawks to win and cover the spread."

Sportsnaut: Seahawks 27, Rams 13

Vincent Frank writes: "Despite seeing John Wolford lead them to a playoff-clinching win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, there’s certainly some concern in Los Angeles right now. Will Jared Goff be ready to go in the wild card round of the NFL Playoffs against the division-rival Seattle Seahawks after suffering a fractured and dislocated thumb in his throwing hand back in Week 16? That seems highly unlikely, leaving the Rams to rely on Wolford once again. It’s not a great situation for head coach Sean McVay and Co. to be in right now. Even if Goff is able to go, it’s not like he was setting the world on fire ahead of suffering the injury. In fact, the former No. 1 pick had thrown three touchdowns against three interceptions in his previous three starts. That included a horrendous performance in a 20-9 loss to Seattle in Week 16. The backdrop here is a Seahawks offense led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson, who accounted for 42 touchdowns while leading Seattle to over four touchdowns per game during the regular season. I fully expect the Rams’ top defense to keep this close for a while with Aaron Donald doing his thing against Wilson. I just can’t pick an upset given Goff’s struggles and the fact that he’s unlikely to even play in this one."

Pro Football Network: Seahawks 23, Rams 18

Oliver Hodgkinson writes: "The NFC West rivals have split the season series for the past two years. This year, they get a series decider as the NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams on NFL Wild Card Weekend. Despite losing 20-9 in Week 16, can the Rams get a surprise result over their bitter divisional rivals? They’ve been a genuine Jekyll and Hyde team in 2020. Defensively they’ve been strong all season with Aaron Donald at their heart. They’ve allowed the least passing yards per game in the NFL and the third least rushing yards per game. However, offensively they’ve been very hit and miss behind much-maligned quarterback Jared Goff. With homefield advantage and Russell Wilson as a game-winning difference-maker, the Seattle Seahawks should advance to the divisional round with a narrow win. After a terrible start, the Seahawks defense has held teams below 20 points in five of the last six games. I don’t believe the Rams offense has enough to buck that trend."

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College Football News: Rams 26, Seahawks 23

Pete Fiutak writes: "Is Jared Goff able to go? How healthy is the rest of the Ram offense? It won’t matter – the defense will pick up the slack. This is a flaky LA team that could just as easily get blown out from jump as it could roll through with a stunning run. Seattle’s defense that’s had so many issues this year will get exposed further."

Sports Interaction: Take the Seahawks to cover

Payton Matthews writes: "Will the NFC sixth-seeded Rams have starting quarterback Jared Goff? He missed Sunday’s 18-7 win over Arizona following thumb surgery, and it’s too early to tell if Goff will be able to go here. The team also may not know until later this week whether top receiver Cooper Kupp can play. He missed Week 17 after testing positive for COVID-19. Seattle is the NFC West champion and on a four-game winning streak. The Seahawks and Rams split two low-scoring meetings this season, each winning at home."

ESPN: Seahawks have a 59.1% chance to win the game

The site gives the Rams  a 40.9% chance to pick up the victory.

CBS Sports breaks down the odds for the game

Jared Dubin writes: "The Seahawks pulled out a too-close-for-comfort victory over the 49ers in Week 17, while the Rams prevailed over the division rival Cardinals in a battle of the backup quarterbacks. Jared Goff is going to try to suit up for L.A. next weekend, and it remains to be seen whether Cooper Kupp and/or Michael Brockers, both of whom were placed on the COVID-19 list this week, can get back on the field. This will be the third time these two teams play this season. The Rams took the first matchup 23-16, while the Seahawks won the rematch 20-9."

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