Rams a road favorite at Seahawks a new normal in the NFC West

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The Los Angeles Rams are a 7.5 road favorite in a Week 5 NFC West battle against the Seattle Seahawks.

It didn’t always use to be like this. You know, with the Los Angeles Rams a road favorite at one time NFC West rival and division bully/top dog. But the days of the Seattle Seahawks owning the West are over and not likely to return for a while.

Given the now and future of the Rams, it could be a long while.

Los Angeles is a 7.5 point road favorite in Week 5. The Rams, who take a 4-0 record to the Pacific Northwest play a 2-2 Seahawks team who are now living on the reputation, well earned though it is, on quarterback Russell Wilson.

What a difference a year makes.

LA split with Seattle last season losing in the Coliseum 16-10, but then crushed the Seahawks on the road 42-7 in a game that was a seismic shift in the NFC West, signaling the end of one era while ushering in a new one with the Rams as the new king of the hill.

Trust that while this is a division rival, it’s hard to imagine the Seahawks having a shot to beat Los Angeles. Not that it couldn’t happen, but Seattle doesn’t have the horses to go four quarters with a team who can either boat race you as they did against the Minnesota Vikings 38-31, or smash you into submission as they did with the Arizona Cardinals 34-0.

Week 5 will be an opportunity to possibly see just how much daylight exists between the best team in the division and the one likely second best. Bear in mind, Seattle won a squeaker at Arizona 20-17 in Week 4, while the Rams demolished the Cardinals in Week 2.

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Los Angeles has an opportunity to close out the the first go-round with the division in Week 7 when they play the San Francisco 49ers on the road. It’s also a chance for the Rams to go 3-0 against the West before a big second half of the season.