For the first time this year, "Monday Night Football" could have legitimate competition in the ratings. The matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams will go head-to-head with Game Five of the World Series.
The NFL consistently defeats the MLB in the ratings, but that may not have been the case on Sunday night. Game Four between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals drew 15.4 million viewers from 8 to 11 p.m. ET, according to Variety. That surpassed the number of fans (14.9 million) who tuned in to watch the Green Bay Packers defeat the Minnesota Vikings.
The circumstances surrounding Monday’s game, once again, favor baseball. The World Series is tied 2-2, with the winner set to be one game away from clinching the Fall Classic. The Seahawks-Rams game doesn’t have nearly the same implications. Many St. Louis fans choose to watch baseball, with so much more riding on the contest
Fans can watch both, if they have a computer and a TV. While "Monday Night Football" will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, a live stream can also be seen online at watchespn.com.
The Monday game for Week Eight is expected to be one of the bigger blowouts in the 2013 season. The Seahawks are on the road, but the point spread has jumped all the way up to 13.5 points. The movement in the betting line began earlier in the week when it was revealed that St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the year. In his place, Kellen Clemens will get the start.
Clemens didn’t have much time last week to prove what he can do with the Rams offense, but he’s shown in his eight-year career that he doesn’t have what it takes to be a starter. In 31 games, he has a 62.2 passer rating and a completion percentage below 52 percent. His 13 interceptions are almost twice as much as his seven touchdown passes.
The contest does have some playoff implications, considering they are in the same division. However, an upset win for the Rams would put them at .500, still two games behind the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
It’s the third division matchup of 2013 for Seattle. They beat both the 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, and sit at 6-1 overall. A victory would give the Seahawks the best record in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints have also only lost once, but they’d have one less victory because of their bye.
Seattle’s defense and offense make them an elite team, if not the best club, in all of football. Facing a team with Clemens at the helm, the Seahawks might not have much trouble winning by at least two scores.
Prediction: Seattle 31, St. Louis 10