After an 8-0 start, the Los Angeles Rams finally lost a football game, falling to the New Orleans Saints in Week 9, 45-35. Though the Rams pretty much have the NFC West locked up, this is still a big divisional matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. A win for the Seahawks (4-4) would bring them within two games in the loss column. It doesn’t seem very likely against a Rams team continues to score at will.
The Seahawks got all the way to the 1-yard line last week against the Chargers down by eight points. They committed a false start and then dropped a TD pass that would have given them a chance to tie the game with a two-point conversion. There is a chance the Seahawks this week are without RB Chris Carson, who has been battling a hip injury. Russell Wilson has been holding the ball way too long at times, and it’s been leading to sacks and mistakes. It doesn’t help when Doug Baldwin, his No. 1 receiver, is having the worst year of his career. The Seahawks battled the Rams tough the first time they played, losing 33-31 at the wire. Despite a brutal remaining schedule (Rams, Packers, Panthers, Vikings, Chiefs), this wildly inconsistent team is still in play for an NFC Wild Card spot.
It’s hard to knock the Rams for losing last week with how well the Saints have been playing. Their defense, having added Dante Fowler Jr. to a unit that features Aaron Donald (10 sacks, second in the NFL), this week faces an offense that is nowhere near that of the Saints'. Jared Goff is one of two QBs in the NFL with 2,800-plus passing yards. He has averaged 367 passing yards in his last four home games. It helps that he has the best RB in the league in Todd Gurley, who is leading the NFL with 1,230 yards from scrimmage and 16 TDs. Gurley has put fantasy football teams on his back. Sean McVay has dialed up the Rams offense all year, and this team has all sorts of different looks that makes defenses lose sleep.