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Neither of these two NFC West teams wants to fall two games behind the undefeated Arizona Cardinals in the division, so expect the LA Rams’ new quarterback Matthew Stafford to get back to his earlier production (9 touchdowns in the first three games) and take full advantage of the Seahawks subpar defense.
Last week the Seattle Seahawks beat a different divisional rival, the San Francisco 49ers, by a score of 28-21, and quarterback Russell Wilson looked solid completing 16-of-23 for 149 yards, 2 TDs and no interceptions, a win helped by the two sacks and a pick that the Seahawks’ 32nd ranked defense managed, impactful moments that will be necessary for another divisional win here.
These two NFC West rivals have played each other 47 prior times (including 2 postseason games), with the Seattle Seahawks winning 25 of those games and the Los Angeles Rams winning 22 of the games.
When it comes to the Rams new quarterback Matthew Stafford, it is important to remember that he is learning an entirely new offensive system this season, and yet still his team is 3-1 with him under center and looking like a potential offensive power house in the making.
Rams head coach Sean McVay often lamented that he was a QB away from returning to the playoffs, and now with Stafford executing McVay’s tricky game plans, the Rams 11th ranked offense is getting better with every repetition, though last week the team could not beat divisional rivals, the Arizona Cardinals.
In that first Rams loss of the season, Stafford threw his second interception, his quarterback rating the lowest by far of the year (89.5), so his ability to quickly recover from that ‘bad’ game will say a lot about how ready he is for this new leadership role.
Right now the Seahawks have the worst-ranked defense in the league (32nd) after allowing opponents to gain 445 total yards and score 25 points per game, numbers that have amounted to two Seattle losses so far this season.
The Seahawks are struggling more against the run than the pass with 510 total rushing yards against them, over three hundred yards more than the first ranked Buccaneers have allowed.
Los Angeles knows how to get on the scoreboard – they put up almost 29 points per game – so if Seattle expects to have a chance on Thursday Night Football against these potent Rams, stars like LB Bobby Wagner and DE LJ Collier must make life scary for the opposition and keep them to three points instead of seven more often than not.
With most opposing defenses focusing their main attention on the Rams major receiving targets – Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, Robert Woods – it makes sense to game plan some solid plays around their soft-handed tight end Tyler Higbee.
At 6’ 6” and 255 pounds, Higbee is the perfect red-zone target ready to fight for jump balls and get tough yards after each catch, a third-year pro who pulled in five touchdown passes last season averaging 11.8 yards per catch.
The 3-year veteran Higbee has been productive so far this year with 15 catches on 18 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown averaging 10.1 yards per reception on a talented roster where game touches don’t come easy.
If the Seahawks hope to beat the Rams, it will help to put the fear of sack firmly into their QB Matthew Stafford’s head, something that he has only dealt with three times this season after getting sacked 38 times last year with the Lions.
Seattle’s rookie outside linebacker Darrell Taylor leads the Seahawks with 3 sacks on the season along with a forced fumble, 3 quarterback hits, and 11 total tackles with two of those for a loss.
The Seahawks defense has allowed opponents to throw for almost three hundred yards per game (292.5), so if they expect to outscore these endzone-friendly Rams, Taylor needs a big game with a sack and a few quarterback hits.
|Rams vs Seahawks Information|
|What||Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks|
|Where||Lumen Field in Seattle, WA|
|When||Thursday, October 7, 2021; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX / NFL Network|
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