Good afternoon, 12s. It’s not Blue Friday, but today is game day. This week, we have another great divisional matchup as the Rams come to town to take on the Seahawks.
The Rams are coming off, what I would call, an embarrassing loss at home against a struggling Tampa Bay team who managed to put up a franchise record 55, yes FIFTY-FIVE, points up against a decent Rams defense. There was a defensive touchdown at the end of the game for the Bucs, as a side note. Therefore, expect the Rams to make some defensive improvements against a Seahawks offense that has been able to push the ball downfield. Aaron Donald, in his ten games against the Seahawks, has sacked Russell Wilson 10.5 times with 17 tackles for loss. Expect his disruption to damper the Seahawk’s offense.
On the offensive side of the ball for the Rams, Jared Goff amassed 517 yards through the air for only two touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions. He is only the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw for 500+ yards and lose, joining Dan Marino and Matthew Stafford.
The Rams will have to establish a run game early to beat the Seahawks who rank as the sixth best run defense in the League. Goff will need to be poised in the pocket in order to get the ball down field. Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah will be looking to disrupt his rhythm.
For the Seahawks, coming off a victory in Arizona, they will be looking to snap the three-game losing streak against the Rams. The Seahawks have lost seven of the last ten matchups against our rivals from Los Angeles, who have averaged 37 points during the three game win streak.
Chris Carson is coming off his best performance this season where he ran for 104 yards and caught for an additional 41. I would expect the Seahawks offense to continue to follow the pattern of feeding the backs. They have historically had success against the Rams’ defensive front. Will Dissly has emerged as one of Russell Wilson’s favorite targets. Expect short gain and red zone passes to be aimed in his direction. D.K. Metcalf’s downfield size and speed should open up the passing game for Russell. Therefore, Tyler Lockett and others could see a little more action than last week. During this matchup, expect Wilson, who is off to his best start of his career, to be unleashed with is legs and arm.
Tackle Duane Brown (biceps) did not participate in Tuesday’s practice and is questionable for Thursday nights start. Pete Carroll said “He should be fine” for tonight’s game. Jamarco Jones could fill in if Brown is unable to play. Guard Mike Iupati has been dealing with a foot issue and his backup, Ethan Pocic, is still limited with a back ailment. So that could get interesting.
This will be one of the toughest games of the year for the Seahawks. They are playing with a little momentum from Sunday’s matchup against the Cardinals and I would expect that to carry over into tonight’s game. The Rams are coming of a frustrating and embarrassing loss, so expect them to play with something to prove. &amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Go Hawks!