Sunday Afternoon – Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
This matchup is easily one of the more intriguing ones of the weekend. For some reason, the Rams have had Seattle’s number the last few seasons and have won 4 of their last 6 matchups. That includes seasons where Seattle went to back to back Super Bowls. Clearly, the Rams have found some sort of secret formula that the rest of the league hasn’t discovered yet. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues in 2017. For their sake, you hope so, because it’s just about the only positive thing LA had going for them last year.
Keys to the Game
To win this game, Seattle should prepare to dominate from the coin toss. They’ve made it a habit to lose these games against lesser opponents lately and to buck that trend, they need a strong showing from the beginning. Establish the passing game with Wilson and Baldwin, get points on the board and then focus on stuffing Todd Gurley. Without a running game, the Rams will be flustered once again and be forced to throw the ball much more than they’d like into a secondary featuring Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. Force the inexperienced QB to throw against a talented, veteran secondary. That ‘s a key to victory if I’ve ever seen one.
It’s all about the defense for LA in this one. Everyone and their mom knows that the Rams offense is going to need a miracle to drop 30+ points against Seattle’s D, so limiting the amount of points they need to score will definitely be the better option here. The easiest way to do that is going to be pressuring Russell Wilson and capitalizing when he turns the ball over. Seattle’s offensive line has been one of the worst in the league and LA’s front seven will be licking their chops. Containing Wilson while pressuring him will be tough, but it will almost certainly lead to at least 1 turnover for the Rams and another surprising win over the Seahawks.