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NFL Week 16 Picks: Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams 12/27/20 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions – Sports Chat Place

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Los Angeles Rams (9-5) at Seattle Seahawks (10-4)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:25 pm (Lumen Field)

The Line: Seattle Seahawks -2.5 — Over/Under: 47.5
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The Seattle Seahawks square off with the Los Angeles Rams Sunday in week 16 NFC West NFL action at Lumen Field in Seattle.

The Los Angeles Rams look for a win after winning four of their last six games. The Los Angeles Rams have split their last six road games. Jared Goff is completing 68 percent of his passes for 3,718 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Goff has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods have combined for 1,760 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Josh Reynolds has 42 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 127.9 yards per contest, and Cam Akers leads the way with 591 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 19.2 points and 286.1 yards per game. John Johnson III leads the Los Angeles Rams with 95 tackles, Aaron Donald has 12.5 sacks and Darious Williams has four interceptions.

The Seattle Seahawks look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Seattle Seahawks have won six of their last seven home games. Russell Wilson is completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 3,806 yards, 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Wilson has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 14 games. DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have combined for 2,143 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns while David Moore has 33 receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game is averaging 125.4 yards per contest, and Chris Carson leads the way with 568 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Seattle is allowing 24.2 points and 387.6 yards per game. Bobby Wagner leads the Seattle Seahawks with 126 tackles, Jamal Adams has 9.5 sacks and Quandre Diggs has four interceptions.

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The Rams are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. NFC. The Seahawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 9-2 in Rams last 11 games overall. The under is 6-0 in Seahawks last 6 games overall. The Rams are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 meetings in Seattle.

The Los Angeles Rams are coming off the worst loss of the NFL season, losing at home to the Jets, and right when you’re ready to believe in this team, they let you down. The Seattle Seahawks are one of the more consistent teams in the league, and the defense has drastically improved, allowing 21 or less points in each of their last five games. The Rams have won five of the last six meetings against the Seahawks, but it’s Seattle that’s playing easily the better football. I’m also not sure how you can confidently back the Rams after what they showed you last week. I’ll gladly take the Seahawks and the small chalk. 

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Sinclair to lead Canadian women’s team in her fourth Olympics

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Christine Sinclair, the all-time international goal-scoring record holder, was named to her fourth Olympic squad on Wednesday and will headline a Canadian roster at the Tokyo Games that features a mix of veterans and youth.

Led by Sinclair, whose 186 goals for her country are the most by a female or male soccer player worldwide, Canada won medals at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and was the only nation to make the podium in both competitions.

“I am looking forward to doing whatever I can to help take this team back to the podium and make history again,” said Canadian captain Sinclair. “Our team is in a good spot, we are excited, we are hungry and we are ready to go.”

The 18-player roster features 12 members of the squad that competed at the 2016 Rio Games while a quintet including Vanessa Gilles, Jayde Riviere, Julia Grosso, Adriana Leon, and Evelyne Viens will be making their Olympic debuts.

Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan travelled to Rio in 2016 as an alternate.

Canada will kick off their Tokyo 2020 journey when they face Japan on July 21 and continue Group E play against Chile on July 24 and Britain on July 27.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)

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Which of the Canadians Picked in the 2021 NFL Draft Will Thrive This Season?

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It was a good NFL Draft for Canadian players in 2021.

Some four stars from north of the border were selected by NFL franchises in the free agency pick ‘em, and that is tied as the highest number of Canadians drafted in the 85-year history of the event.

Of course, the hope is that these young talents are more than just filler and roster depth, but can any of the quartet make the breakthrough into the big time?

Here’s a look at which of the NFL’s newest Canadian additions can shine in 2021/22.

Jevon Holland

The defensive back was the number 36 pick in the Draft by the Miami Dolphins, who beat off a number of rivals in the hunt for the Coquitlam native.

A versatile defender, Holland is a former Jim Thorpe Award semi-finalist thanks to his exploits in the NCAA back in 2019 with the University of Oregon.

He sat out the 2020 campaign, but representatives from dozens of NFL teams were in town to watch Holland go through his paces at the Oregon Pro Day.

The 21-year-old is following in the footsteps of his father Robert, who turned out for the Detroit Lions, and he is expected to force his way into the starting line-up at the Dolphins. And, who knows, maybe Holland could go all the way in his first season, with Miami priced at +2500 in the Super Bowl 2022 American football odds.

Benjamin St-Juste

When you’re six foot three, 205 pounds and still able to run 40 yards in 4.51 seconds, it goes without saying that you have the physical credentials to succeed in the NFL.

Benjamin St-Juste is the man that can, and he will bolster the roster at a Washington Football Team that will be looking to improve upon their playoff showing in 2020.

The 23-year-old may only have been a third-round pick, but he comes with a burgeoning reputation thanks to a successful time at the University of Minnesota. An All-Big Ten special mention in 2019, more than 50 NFL recruitment personnel attended the college’s pro day – largely to catch a glimpse of St-Juste going through his paces.

Both Brian Gutekunst and Jon Robinson made the trip but, in the end, it was Washington who snapped up the powerhouse from the Draft.

Chuba Hubbard

The third Canadian to be drafted in 2021 was Chuba Hubbard, who became the first Canadian running back to be selected from the Draft in 25 years.

It’s the Carolina Panthers who have taken a chance on the 22-year-old and with his credentials, you can see why. Hubbard finished eighth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 2019 after a stellar campaign – he served up 2,094 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, an NCAA best. He was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

While running backs are not the hottest of properties in the Draft, Hubbard provably has the talent to cross into the end zone with regularity – the Panthers might just have got their hands on an unheralded gem here.

With these three Canadians taking the step up to the NFL, the future of the sport north of the border looks in safe hands.

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Berrettini ends Murray’s comeback at Queen’s

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Andy Murray‘s grasscourt return was cut short in brutal fashion at Queen’s Club as Italian top seed Matteo Berrettini dished out a 6-3 6-3 defeat to the former world number one on Thursday.

The 34-year-old two-time Wimbledon champion, playing in his first singles tournament on grass for three years, could not handle the ferocious pace of Berrettini as he slid to defeat.

Murray eased past Benoit Paire in his opening match on Tuesday but world number nine Berrettini was too big a step up.

Berrettini’s huge first serve and forehand did most of the damage but the Italian also showed plenty of silky touch on the slick lawns to register his first career win over Murray.

Berrettini, 25, finished the match off with a powerful hold of serve, banging down four massive first serves before sealing victory with a clubbing forehand winner.

He faces British number one Dan Evans in the quarter-final after Evans beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

Murray, a five-time winner of the traditional warm-up event but now ranked 124 after long battles with hip injuries including resurfacing surgery in 2019, has been handed a wildcard for the Wimbledon championships.

Apart from a slight groin niggle, Murray said he was reasonably happy with his condition, considering this was only his third Tour-level tournament of the year.

“I think obviously I need to improve,” Murray told reporters. “I actually felt my movement was actually quite good for both of the matches. My tennis today was not very good today. That’s the thing that I’ll need to improve the most.

“I felt like today that that sort of showed my lack of matches.”

Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez, who won the singles title in 2019 and the doubles alongside Murray, was beaten 6-2 6-3 by Canada‘s Denis Shapovalov.

(Reporting by Martyn HermanEditing by Toby Davis and Pritha Sarkar)

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