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Friday Round-Up: Picks And Predictions For Week 16 Matchup Against The LA Rams

Local and national media members make their picks for this Sunday’s matchup which may decide the NFC West champion.

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Merry Christmas, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Friday, December 25 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Picks And Predictions For Week 16 Matchup Against LA Rams

The Seahawks (10-4) and Rams (9-5) will square off for the second time this season with a chance for Seattle to secure the NFC West and guarantee a home playoff game. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 23-16 at SoFi Stadium back in Week 10.

Kickoff for this Sunday's game is set for 1:25 p.m PT at Lumen Field in Seattle. FOX will carry the game live on TV, with KIRO Radio 97.3 covering the game on radio. Here's what national and local media members are predicting:

ESPN’s Brady Henderson and Lindsey Thiry are both expecting close wins by the Seahawks. Henderson picked the Hawks to win 24-23, and has his eyes on the matchup between DK Metcalf and Jalen Ramsey: "Round 3 of DK Metcalf vs. Jalen Ramsey. Metcalf had some success in their first matchup last December as he caught five passes for 69 yards when Ramsey was the nearest defender in coverage, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. Ramsey and the Rams shut down Metcalf in Week 10, which was one of his least productive games of the season."

Thiry has Seattle winning 20-17, but expects Aaron Donald to put his imprint on the game, unsurprisingly: "Aaron Donald has sacked Russell Wilson 12 times, more than any other QB in his career. But Donald finished their Week 10 meeting with zeroes across the stat sheet, even as his teammates took down Wilson six times. Watch for Donald to turn in a monster multisack performance."

CBS Sports’ Will Brinson also expects a close game, but he has the Rams coming out on top, 21-17: "Jared Goff is a huge concern for this Rams team, but the Los Angeles defense is good enough to slow down D.K. Metcalf and force Russell Wilson to deal with Aaron Donald too often for his liking. Take the Rams, take the under and make sure to jump on an aggressively high Metcalf yardage total."

Brinson’s colleague Pete Prisco is also picking the Rams after their disappointing loss to the Jets last week: "The Rams are coming off a loss to the Jets and now must win this game to have a chance to win the division. Seattle has been improved on defense, but I expect the Rams to come in here and play well. Sean McVay will get them back on track and they will limit Russell Wilson. Rams take it. Pick: Rams 26, Seahawks 20."

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal is also going with the Rams to pull out a close win on the road, 20-17: "Sean McVay is 5-2 against Pete Carroll. The Rams' offense usually knows how to attack Carroll's defense, while Russell Wilson had one of his worst days all year against Brandon Staley's attack in Week 10. In a Rams season where they rarely look like the same team two weeks in a row, this matchup sets up well for a bounce-back game and control of the NFC West."

The Seattle Times sports staff are all going with the Seahawks this week after being split in Week 15. All four are expecting a close matchup as well, with the largest margin of victory for the Hawks being four points. Here's what Matt Calkins had to say in choosing the Seahawks 28-24: "It would be foolish to look at the Rams' loss to the Jets and dismiss them as an unworthy foe, and the Seahawks won't do that. With a chance to clinch the division crown, they'll be as focused as they've been all year and will come out with a close victory."

Adam Jude is taking the Hawks by a one-point margin, 24-23: "Sean McVay has gotten the better of Pete Carroll, but there's obviously something — many things — wrong with the Rams after losing to the Jets. Count on Seattle to rely on its rejuvenated run game to lead the Seahawks to their first division title since 2016."

Sporting News’ Bill Bender is going with the Rams by a score of 28-24 based on the recent history between the two teams: "The Seahawks can clinch the NFC West and still press for home-field advantage with a victory here. The Rams continue to be one of the league's most confusing possible contenders. The Rams have won five of the last six meetings. It's on the Seahawks to answer. We're still feeling another slight upset."

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio and Michael David Smith are split on the matchup. Florio has the Rams winning 27-24: "The Rams will get back on track. If they don't soon, they may not last in the playoffs." Smith is going with the Seahawks, 20-17: "A big one in the NFC West race will have the Seahawks' improving defense outplay the Rams' inconsistent offense."

Homegating Recipe of the Week Presented by Safeway – Easy Grill Chicken Wing Trio

Chicken wings and football always make for a great combo. With Lemon Spice, Sriracha, and BBQ Vinaigrette wings (these ones are wrapped with bacon!), this trio of powerful flavors will be great for your gameday snack. Click here for ingredients and instructions.

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Easy Grilled Chicken Wing Trio

Three is better than one when it comes to serving chicken wings! Whip up these three tasty and easy grilled chicken wing flavors for a variety of tastes while homegating.

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