Tuesday NFL best bets: Seahawks-Rams, Eagles-Washington

By VSiN Staff  (VSiN.com) 

December 21, 2021 10:00 AM

Due to COVID-19, Week 15 of the NFL season has two games on Tuesday, one between the Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles, and one between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks.

Our team of experts at VSiN has the games covered from all angles, with a pick on the game from VSiN's Adam Burke.

Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5, 42)

Burke: Washington’s COVID-19 situation did improve with the extra time given to the team by the NFL and the NFLPA. Most of the returns came on the defensive side of the ball. Against a Philadelphia team that wants to run the ball as much as possible, the fact that Washington’s defensive line is the most upgraded part of the team is a big stroke of luck.

Washington still has some questions on offense, especially with the quarterbacks. The Eagles had a question with their QB, Jalen Hurts, who did not practice much last week and would have been a question mark going into Sunday’s game. Hurts has failed to throw for 200 yards in seven of the last eight games. The Eagles have put up some big point totals in that span, but this should be a slow, plodding, physical game with a lot of running plays on both sides.

Pick: Under 42

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams (-7, 45.5)

Burke: The Rams and Seahawks have both been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak across the NFL this week. Seattle isn’t missing nearly the number of players that Los Angeles could be without, but Tyler Lockett is a big one when DK Metcalf missed multiple practices this week.

The Rams should have Jalen Ramsey back, which will help. Ramsey’s absence was noticeable last week against the Cardinals, even in a winning effort, as Kyler Murray threw for 383 yards.

Still, while this game is full of question marks, both quarterbacks have stayed away from the COVID fray, as Matt Stafford and Russell Wilson are on track to play. Wilson was hurt in the first meeting between these two teams, as he broke his thumb after completing 11-of-16 passes for 152 yards. In that first game, the Rams racked up 476 yards of offense and 7.1 yards per play. They’ll likely be missing Darrell Henderson., but Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson are more than enough to move the ball on this Seahawks defense.

The Rams only scored 26 points in the first meeting by going 2-of-10 on third down and 3-of-5 in the red zone. That game still got to 43 points, even with Los Angeles’ situational screw-ups and Wilson’s injury. With optimal offensive conditions at SoFi Stadium, this total looks a little light, even with the big names that could potentially miss the game.

Pick: Over 45.5

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