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Three keys to the Seahawks win over the Rams in week five

10 October, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Seahawks-Rams showdown will set tone for NFC West

The game opens the late slate of Sunday's games on FOX at 4:05 p.m.

Earl Thomas, Sheldon Richardson and the veteran Seahawks defense wouldn't let the upstart Rams step atop the NFC West just yet. The Rams (3-2) were the shiny new object everyone one was drawn to with a revved-up offense led by Goff and enthusiastic new head coach Sean McVay. This has been the case again this season, and people seem to be forgetting what happens in Seattle during the end of the regular season.

But, I don't see it turning around this year like it has in the past.

The 2016 Seahawks struggled out of the gate with two lackluster performances.

"I'm a little scarred up right now, but it's all right", Austin said. For starters, at 2-2, they're on a pace for 8-8. The Rams picked up their third win of the season as they went down to AT&T Stadium and knocked off the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 35-30. "Ultimately, that's why we didn't win the game".

Offensively, the Seahawks are averaging 23.5 points and 361.8 total yards (240.8 in passing and 121.0 in rushing) per game.

Arizona won that game handily, 40-17, but safety Tyrann Mathieu blew out his knee in the closing minutes and a pall was cast over the team. The run defense has been surprisingly subpar. They got to him and they forced some of those errant throws and got some turnovers. Instead, they've amassed one of the league's most explosive offenses. The Rams were a so-so team under Jeff Fisher - but whatever Fisher didn't have against other teams, his Rams could beat the Seahawks.

The fact that the Rams hadn't already secured the outcome was due in part to a dramatic play much earlier by Thomas. Though Wade Phillips' defense hasn't been all that great, there's still a ton of talent there, anchored by Aaron Donald. I suspect he still is, but the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 will take some adjustment time.

"That was a fantastic effort by Russ to show you never give up".

So Groz's point - or at least, what I think his point is - is that the Rams have a different team and might be more susceptible to losing to the Seahawks than they were before.

The Rams, though, still moved the ball. McVay is the same age as Seahawks defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, and he's four years younger than Seattle punter Jon Ryan.

Safe to say Seattle will likely scrap that play from the playbook. McVay has put in an offense that has allowed Goff to use his skills.

A bonus reason for hope?

Harrowing as were the final moments Sunday in the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Seahawks' annual rock fight with the Rams turned early. You can hear the Seahawks and Rams on KPUG 1170AM & 97.9FM in Bellingham.

" We thought we had a really good play on them, and they made a great play", Wilson said. Russell Wilson has been sacked 10 times and he's avoided a couple dozen more with his quick feet.

The Jaguars will need a disruptive effort from defensive tackle Calais Capbell and the rest of its front against a stellar Steelers offensive line.

Defensively you'd have to give the edge to the Seahawks, but it's not big enough to turn the game in their favor. "I was locked in". It would have been a lot more if not for his ability to scramble out of trouble. I don't know if that's because of rush or coverage.

WSU (-2 1/2) at OR: I took a lot of heat for picking USC to beat Washington State last week, and it turned out I was wrong about that as the Cougs posted a memorable 30-27 victory over the fifth-ranked Trojans. The play was blocked well, and Austin used his speed to get into the end zone for the first points of the game. Even without quarterback Justin Herbert, the Ducks still have a formidable running game, and their defense shut down one of the finest quarterbacks in the country, Josh Allen, a few weeks ago in Laramie. "I'm really excited for him".

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