David the lowly and weak Shepard Boy was said to have slain the best warrior in the land, Goliath. Against all odds and being mocked for how weak he seemed, he shocked the world and slew the giant. Are the Seattle Seahawks about to walk in the shoes of David and slay the big, bad Los Angeles Rams?
The Los Angeles Rams have the top-ranked Offense and the 10th ranked Defense in the League at the moment, a force to be reckoned with. The Seattle Seahawks are the 26th ranked offense and the 8th ranked defense (before the loss of Earl Thomas III). A giant versus a perceived “weak” team. The current Seattle Seahawks are a shell of their Championship selves from a few years ago.
Is there any way that the Seahawks to pull off the upset on the Rams? The opening line had the Rams as 7.5 point favorites, even in Seattle. Here are a few ways that Wilson and company can keep slinging the rock.
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The Los Angeles Rams defense is feared in the NFL, but the Rams are coming into Seattle with a beat up secondary. They will be without cornerback Aqib Talib and cornerback Marcus Peters is dealing with a leg injury but is listed as probable.
Last week the Rams allowed Kirk Cousins to throw the ball for over 400 yards, and though the Seahawks don’t have a receiver duo like Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, Russell Wilson is capable of airing it out down the Rams sideline.
How to beat the giant
The biggest necessity and probably the hardest to goal to accomplish for the Hawks defense is keeping the ball out of quarterback Jared Goff‘s hands. The Seahawks need to run the ball at every opportunity, they have accrued consecutive 100-yard rushing games with two different running backs. Chris Carson is slated to get the start against a Rams defensive line which consists of Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, and Michael Brockers.
If Seattle is going to even have a chance at coming out victorious, they must run the ball and eat the clock. It’s vital to give the Rams offense as little amount of time on the field, as possible. If the Seahawks set up their run game, they will open up the possibility of using play-action passes to throw off the defense and get their receivers deep.
Should the Seahawks keep the game close in the fourth quarter, hopefully, Russell Wilson can work his magic and push his team to the win. I don’t have high hopes coming into this game, but you can never count Seattle out. Somehow they find a way to pull games like this off.
The Seahawks haven’t been this big of an underdog at home since the 2010 divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. In the Russell Wilson Era, the Seahawks have only been underdogs at home five times.
In 2012, the Seahawks were home underdogs to the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots. Seattle won all those games. They were again an underdog last year at home against the Philidelphia Eagles, in which they pulled the win out again.
Russell Wilson is 4-1 in games when Seattle was a home dog. His only loss came to the Rams last year in week 15 as a one-point underdog. Los Angeles won by 35 points.
Can Seattle get home-field revenge against the undefeated LA Rams? Check with us tomorrow for our three takeaways from the game.