The Rams who were soaring off a win over the defending champion Buccaneers, fell to the (4-0) Cardinals on Sunday, giving them just their first loss of the season.
This Rams team is physical, talented, and better than the team which beat the Seahawks in last year’s playoffs.
Three reasons for the Seahawks to be concerned about the Rams
1. The Rams defense
LA always brings a tough defense against the Seahawks in each game these two teams play. Aaron Donald, the Rams defensive tackle has wreaked havoc on the Seahawks offensive line in previous matchups. Donald sacked Russell Wilson twice in the NFC Wild Card Game back in January and picked up a sack in the week 16 matchup last season.
Wilson was sacked a total of 10 times combined in those two games and threw an awful interception which resulted in a pick-six in the playoff game. The Seahawks O-line has struggled lately, giving up 3 sacks to the Niners in week four, and will need to be better against a tough Rams defense.
2. The Rams have upgraded their quarterback
Jared Goff was too inconsistent for the Rams, so they decided to trade for Matthew Stafford to be their new quarterback this season. Stafford is a better quarterback than Goff, and clearly has been a difference-maker for the Rams this season. He helped guide the Rams to a (3-1) start, including a big victory over Tom Brady and the Bucs in week 3. Stafford has thrown 1,222 yards, 11 TD, and 2 INTs this season, and looks poised to dice up a Seattle defense that has struggled early this year.
3. Rams coach Sean McVay has outcoached Pete Carroll so far
Including the postseason, McVay has beaten Pete Carroll in six out of nine games since becoming the head coach of the Rams. Also, the Rams have outscored the Seahawks by 57 points in those matchups. For whatever reason, Pete Carroll has struggled against the Rams and Sean McVay over the past four seasons.
Playing in Seattle has not made a difference, as the Rams have beaten the Seahawks on the road in three out of five matchups. Seattle will be underdogs for Thursday night’s game and will need to play with a chip on their shoulder if they are going to avenge last season’s heartbreaking loss in the playoffs.