Public NFL bettors pushing Thursday night line in Seahawks’ direction

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Public money has pushed the Seahawks line as high as -15.5 for Thursday night’s showdown with the Rams.

Week 15 of the NFL season kicks off in the Emerald City. Covers talks about where the action is with Jason Simbal, vice president of risk management for CG Technology in Las Vegas, and Nick Bogdanovich, director of trading for William Hill US.

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks – Open: -13; Move: -13.5; Move: -14.5; Move: -15.5; Move: -15

Seattle looks to get back on a winning track after dropping two of its last three games SU and ATS. The Seahawks (8-4-1 SU, 7-6 ATS) got pounded in Week 14 at Green Bay, losing 38-10 as a 3-point favorite.

Los Angeles (4-9 SU, 4-8-1 ATS), with rookie Jared Goff making his fifth start, is 1-8 SU and 1-7-1 ATS in its last nine games. The Rams are coming off a 42-14 home loss to Atlanta as a 4.5-point underdog.

The Seahawks are looking to avenge their 9-3 loss at Los Angeles as a 5.5-point chalk in Week 2, and public bettors are on Seattle, assuming the squad will make a statement against the hapless Rams.

“We were as high as 15.5 at one point, but we took a Rams bet, and went back down to 15,” Simbal said of action at CG’s books, including shops at The Cosmopolitan, M and the Venetian. “It’s public action on the Seahawks – 2.5 times more money has been bet on Seattle.

“The sharp action is willing to take 15.5, so I think it’ll end up at 15 or 15.5,” said Simbal, while noting the game hasn’t proven too appealing to many bettors. “It’s very quiet so far.”

William Hill US, which operates sportsbooks all around Nevada, opened Seattle -13.5 and has also seen the upward trend throughout the week, even surpassing CG books.

“We’re at 16, and all the money is on the Seahawks,” Bogdanovich said, adding it’s not going to be a huge decision, despite the Seattle money. “The big number slowed them down a bit. But we’re gonna need the ‘dog for something.”

Patrick Everson is a Las Vegas-based senior writer for Covers. Follow him on Twitter: @Covers_Vegas.

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