Seattle Seahawks Week 15: Rams are dealing with massive COVID issues

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The Seattle Seahawks need to win the rest of their games to have any chance at the playoffs. But in Week 15, the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle’s next opponent, could be missing several players due to the NFL’s COVID protocol.

It does seem odd that 2021 seems to be more affected by COVID-19 in the NFL than 2020. I am not sure what has changed and I am no doctor. There are probably reasons why more players recently are missing games than even earlier this year but something is going on.

Plus, according to Rams coach Sean McVay, every player of the 13 current Rams listed on the reserve/COVID list has been vaccinated. There seems to be an outbreak of COVID among Los Angeles players. But the question is how quickly these players will be available.

Moreover and more importantly. I hope every one of the Rams players is fine for the long run. Football is one thing. Being human is different and more important.

Seattle Seahawks might face a limited Rams team in Week 15

As far as the Rams COVID issues affecting the Seahawks game in Week 15, that has yet to be determined. As far as football goes, the Seahawks need a victory to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Los Angeles is definitely going to the postseason and is just playing for postseason seeding at this point.

Besides, Los Angeles was missing several key players, such as cornerback Jalen Ramey, in Week 14 and still defeated the first-place Arizona Cardinals. Even if the Rams are missing a bunch of players they still have enough talent to beat the Seahawks.

Missing a lot of good players, however, does make things a wee bit easier for the Seahawks. Seattle is playing better and this game simply might come down to how well the Seattle defense plays against Matthew Stafford and company.

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Seattle is fifth in the NFL in points allowed so if they can limit the Rams offensively then Seattle has a decent chance at winning. And that doesn’t really matter if the Rams are fully healthy or not.