Seahawks vs. Rams: Staff predictions for week five

The Seahawks play the Rams on Sunday in a showdown on NFC West rivals. Who wins and why? Our staff takes their guesses.

The Seahawks are 2-2 and struggling for relevancy. The Rams are 4-0 and possibly the best team in the NFL. How things have chanced in the last five years! But this is how the league works.

A win for Seattle on Sunday could keep them in the playoff hunt. A win by the Rams could basically end Seattle’s faint hopes of postseason play. Here is what the 12th Man Rising staff thinks will happen.

Kevin Daggett (co-host of the 12th Man Rising podcast)

If they had a “gimme” in the NFL, this might be a good week to give one to the Rams. Stay in bed and watch other games on Sunday Ticket. But we have to play the game. The defensive backfield will be a question mark without Earl Thomas. I know someone will step up, but who and I just hope it’s Sunday that they do. The run game is a guess at this point. Who knows who will play? Offensive play-calling? Your guess is as good as mine as what the game plan will be. Thankfully, the O-line has not been terrible. I’m going with my buddy Miller’s prediction. The game may be a lot worse but let’s hope the 12s can keep us in it for a while.

Prediction: Rams 45 Seahawks 24

Luke Allen (contributor)

Coming off back-to-back wins, the Seahawks should feel good, right? Wrong. Not sure I have ever been this bummed out about a win. The Rams are the best team in the NFC, and arguably the best team in the league. The Seahawks cannot stop the run, and Sean McVay knows that. I don’t even want to talk about their defensive line. This one could get ugly in Seattle.

Prediction: Rams 31 Seahawks 16

Todd Vandenberg (co-expert)

I’ve predicted Seattle wins every time out so far, but I just can’t do it this week. Especially after losing Earl Thomas. My hope is that Seattle sticks with the run to keep the game close. If they fall behind early and start airing it out every play, that fits the Rams plan perfectly. Sadly, I think that’s exactly what will happen. In a “moral victory” – two of the worst words in sports.

Prediction: Rams 27 Seahawks 16

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Lee Vowell (co-expert)

The hope is that the Seahawks with Chris Carson and Mike Davis will be able to grind out yards and eat clock and keep the Rams offense off the field. The problem is, Los Angeles knows what Seattle will want to do too. The Rams defensive line, led by Aaron Donald, is great. Seattle’s defense is probably too young and not as talent without Earl Thomas to keep Los Angeles from simply scoring more than Seattle is capable of.

Prediction: Rams 35 Seahawks 17

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