The Seattle Seahawks take their 1-0 record on the road this weekend to take on a Los Angeles Rams team that has had their number lately. Despite winning 20 of their last 27 games, the Seahawks have lost their last 2 games to the Rams. So how will this one go?
Offensively the Seahawks are looking to bounce back from a so-so outing last week against the Miami Dolphins. Thomas Rawls is healthy enough that he’s back at number one on the Seahawks running back depth chart. He has a tough road ahead though. The offensive struggled last week, as they were missing starting right guard, Germain Ifedi, and facing a defensive line anchored by Ndomukong Suh, one of the top defensive lineman in the game. This week? The line is missing Germain Ifedi, and they are facing an defensive line anchored by Aaron Donald, one of the top defensive lineman in the game. Oh boy.
Seattle’s offense will probably struggle to open holes for the running backs. In addition, pass protection will likely be a problem, exacerbated by the anke injury that may limit Russell Wilson’s mobilty. The silver lining, if you can call it that, is that the Seahawks went into this week knowing Ifedi was out. Backup tackle J’Marcus Webb should start again at right guard, and a week of preparation should help tremendously this go around.
The Rams don’t have a strong secondary. The Seattle wide receivers should be able to exploit this provided the offensive line holds up. It all really depends on if Wilson has time to throw. Expect offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell to build a playbook around fast timing pass, with fewer read option and long developing pass plays that put Wilson at more risk. Don’t be surprised if Rawls and backup running back Christine Michael both see twenty plus touches in an effort to grind out a slow, close win.
Defensively the team was excellent last week, and the same should apply this week. Outside of running back Todd Gurley, there are no real play makers on the Los Angeles offense. Career backup (at best) Case Keenum was abysmal last week, and now faces an even better defense. The Seahawks figure to stack the box to limit the impact of Gurley, and dare the offense to throw the ball. Truthfully outside of a few busted coverages, which there were at least a few last week (I’m looking at you Earl Thomas) there is almost no opportunity for the Rams to score.
Overall, expect a relatively close game. Los Angeles has a strong defensive line and a history of playing the Seahawks tough. I do expect Seattle to separate at the end. Once the dust settles the Seahawks will be 2-0, and most likely alone atop the NFC west.
What: Seahawks at LA Rams
When: Sunday at 1:05p
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