Seahawks versus Rams: 3 quick hopes for 12s on Sunday
By Lee Vowell
The 6-2 Seahawks play the 5-3 Rams on Sunday in a matchup between NFC West rivals.
The Seahawks have a tough matchup today against a Rams team that tends to beat them. But Sunday is an important game and the start of the second half of the season. Here are three quick reasons for hope for 12s.
Russell Wilson is 32-8 in games following Seahawks losses
The Seahawks have a great quarterback. Only 8 times has Russell Wilson suffered back-to-back losses in his career and wins 80 percent of the time following Seattle losses. While Seattle does enter week 10 without its top-two running backs and top-two cornerbacks, Seattle sometimes just finds a way to win.
I will be honest, a win in week 10 for Seattle doesn’t seem likely. But I also never to doubt Russell Wilson. If he can play near-perfect football, which he is clearly capable of, then Seattle will move to 7-2.
Carlos Dunlap, Jamal Adams and Damon Harrison
For the time time, Snacks Harrison will be suiting up for the Seahawks. Harrison is a great run-stopper who eats up blocks. This is important. No, the Rams aren’t a run-up-the-middle team; Los Angeles wants to get wide. But if Harrison can take up the attention of inside blockers then Seattle’s linebackers and safeties can key on the outside.
If Harrison can do this, Dunlap will be free to set the edge on runs and pressure Jared Goff if Seattle gets a lead. And a rattled Ram quarterback Jared Goff is a bad Jared Goff.
And Jamal Adams could be the key to the game. The Rams probably want to stick with running the ball a bit and Adams can help mash the run. And he could get his first interception as a Seahawk with a Goff mistake.
Will Dissly and Greg Olsen and Jacob Hollister
The Rams have a good defense. But they aren’t perfect at covering opposing tight ends. Los Angeles has given up the ninth-most receptions to opposing tight ends this season with 44. Seattle needs to use its tight ends more than ever today.
To be fair, Russell Wilson might have looked out wide more this season because of Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf being out there. But Seattle has talent at tight end with Dissly, Olsen and Hollister. Wilson needs to hit them underneath and pick up first downs and drive down field while eating clock. Seattle can win in week 10 with proper use of the tight ends.