Seattle took on the Rams in week five and it didn’t turn out the way that 12s hoped it would, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t win, but they put up a big fight. This week it’s “David v. Goliath, round 2.”
Let’s face it, the Rams own the NFC West and most likely own the first or second seed on the NFC side of the playoff bracket. The only hope for the Seattle Seahawks to win the West is for the Rams to do what the Falcons did a few years ago and go winless the last half of the season, I don’t see that happening.
However, Seattle is not by any means out of the wildcard hunt. If the Seattle Seahawks lose to L.A. and then beat the Green Bay Packers, the Carolina Panthers, win both against the San Fransisco 49ers, and win the last game against the Arizona Cardinals they will have nine wins on the season and would only have to take one game against either the Rams, Vikings, or Chiefs to make it 10 on the year. The supposed magic number for wins is 10 to earn a wildcard.
So what will it take to pull off the upset in LA? For starters, a healthy team, and that isn’t the case as of now. Chris Carson, D.J. Fluker, and Bradley McDougald are all game-time decisions this week. Out of the three, D.J. Fluker needs to play on Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks can’t have success in the run-game without Fluker.
What else will the Seattle Seahawks need in order to pull off an upset? They will need to win both the turnover and time-of-possession battles against the Rams. Seattle cannot afford to give up any turnovers against the Rams. They must also continue running the ball to keep the Rams offense off the field as much as possible.
It won’t be an easy task against a team like the Rams especially in LA, but it is possible and a win would boost the Seahawks chances of earning a wildcard spot. Win or lose, the Seattle Seahawks won’t get their playoff dreams crushed, there is plenty of time this season to turn around.