Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams will try to start another winning streak as they take on the second-place Seahawks in an NFC West battle.
New Orleans exposed the Rams’ defense as the sieve it is in a 45-35 victory. By neutralizing the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald, the Saints were able to run amok on the rest of the defense.
The question now is whether the Seahawks, and the rest of the league, can duplicate the Saints’ game plan and win shootouts against Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, and the rest of the Rams’ offense.
It is a tall order, even with the improvements noted along Seattle’s offensive line. The recent addition of Dante Fowler could make that strategy outdated as he plays a bigger role for LA.
Russell Wilson will do his best to keep up on the scoreboard regardless. His elusiveness always gives him a chance to make plays. But even with their newfound running game, there is something off about the Seahawks’ offensive attack.
It is not the explosive unit we are used to, although there are signs the pieces are in place for a big game any week now. Wilson’s traditional late-season runs bode well for an eventual return of their swagger.
Injuries and notes:
Running back Chris Carson only made it on the field for a handful of plays before leaving with a hip injury. Mike Davis played well, but the offense seemed to lose a step after Carson’s exit. Coach Pete Carroll says Carson is day-to-day and will be a game-time decision.
With guards DJ Fluker and Jordan Simmons both nursing injuries, the team could find it a tough go in the running game.
The Rams have no new names on their injury report heading into Week 10.
Pete Carroll is eternally optimistic but gave a frank and somewhat dour evaluation of their loss to the Chargers. If anyone can kick this team back into gear, it is Carroll and his energetic quarterback.
Facing a team like the Rams after their first loss is not a task to be envied, but Carroll already has a few more wins than expected at this point and hasn’t heard a whisper of despair from fans or ownership.
Sean McVay is a smart guy, but he is not a defensive guy. He might start studying after last week’s debacle at the hands of the Saints. Los Angeles thought they addressed their only weakness by adding a pass rusher at the trade deadline, but they were defenseless in New Orleans.
Phillips and McVay will figure something out before long. Seattle hopes that won’t be this week.
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Who will win the Rams-Seahawks game?
Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson can never be completely ruled out in any NFL contest. But even with a defense playing better than expected, this is about as close as it gets.
Los Angeles will get back on track mercilessly in front of their “home” fans.
Final score: Rams 48, Seahawks 28