Cook’s NFL Picks: Week 15 Thursday Edition

Hi, hello and welcome to Week 15 of the National Football League! We had another great week in the picks in Week 14, lining everybody’s pockets for the holiday season and making sure people’s families get everything they asked for on their Christmas list. That’s why I’m here, to put smiles on people’s faces.

Playing on Thursday night usually doesn’t put smiles on the faces of the players involved, and things are no different this week. One team got humiliated in Green Bay on Sunday while the other got boatraced on their homefield so bad that their coach got fired. And now they get to play football on three days’ rest. Should be a great one!

Thursday, December 15

Los Angeles at Seattle (-16)

I haven’t seen a line this high since I started doing this column. It’s tough to argue with it though. Not only do we have a significant difference in talent level, a rookie quarterback versus one of the best defenses in football and one of the best homefield advantages in all of sports to take into account, the road team just fired their coach on Monday. I don’t expect to see a huge difference in game plan from the Rams that play this week versus the Rams of this whole season simply because there’s no time for such a thing. Maybe if the game was on Sunday, interim coach John Fassel could throw in some new wrinkles to catch the Seahawks off guard, but Monday-Thursday isn’t enough time for him to do much else other than try & motivate the players.

Teams often perform well when their coach gets canned during the season, for a number of factors. Sometimes it’s because they didn’t like the coach and they’re glad they’re gone. Sometimes it’s because they realize they might be next on the chopping block. In most cases, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rams played significantly better the game after Jeff Fisher’s dismissal.

This is one of those cases where I would be surprised. They’re going to Seattle. The Seahawks were torn to shreds by the Packers on Sunday, making those of us who had jumped on the bandwagon anointing them as the best in the NFC feel a little bit foolish. All of a sudden, they’ve lost two out of three, looking completely inept in the two losses to playoff contenders on the road and looking like the best team in football against an outmatched bottom-feeder at CenturyLink Field. The Rams have a three-game winning streak against the Seahawks, but for a multitude of reasons it seems like utter lunacy to suggest they have a chance this week. The question is if the Seahawks score 17 points.

Week 14 Results: 11-4-1

2016 Results: 107-93-8

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