The Seattle Seahawks come into Tuesday’s game with two consecutive wins looking for their third straight victory. The Rams, however, will be their toughest test in weeks.
With Rashaad Penny starting to run the ball well, the Seahawks desperate to stay in the playoff hunt, and Russell Wilson starting to play at his best there are reasons to believe the Seahawks could win on Tuesday.
Here are three reasons for hope against the Rams.
Seattle Seahawks have several reasons for hope in Week 15 versus the Rams
1. The Seahawks run game with Rashaad Penny is figuring things out
The Seahawks have struggled this season running the football, but last week was one of the exceptions, as Rashaad Penny had a big game against the Houston Texans. Penny rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns in a breakout performance.
The Texans did come into the game with the league’s worst rushing defense, but it was important to see Rashaad Penny and the Seahawks take advantage of Houston’s major weakness on defense. They will need to continue to run the ball well this week against the Rams if the Seahawks are going to keep the pressure off Russell Wilson.
2. Seattle is still desperate to make the playoffs
The Seahawks surprised the 49ers by pulling out a fake punt and playing physically on both sides of the ball. They fought their way back in last week’s game after a slow start and outscored the Texans 33-7 after falling behind 7-0 early on. Now they face a Rams team who has higher hopes of winning the NFC West with a recent win on Monday night over the Cardinals.
The Seahawks will likely need to win out to have any chance of making the playoffs. Expect the Seahawks to take some shots in this game, and take more risks on 4th down in plus territory. Keeping the Rams explosive offense off the field will be the key in this game.
3. Russell Wilson finding his groove
Wilson was 17-28 passing and threw for two touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Texans. In his last two games, Wilson is 47-65 passing (72.3 completion percentage) for 491 yards, while throwing 4 touchdowns to just 1 interception. Getting Wilson outside the pocket will be crucial to Seattle’s success against the Rams this week.
Seattle will also need to establish the run with Rashaad Penny as they did in week 14 against the Texans. This way the Seahawks can use the play-action off the run and get Wilson outside the pocket to avoid big pass rushers Greg Gaines and Aaron Donald from LA.
Seattle has struggled historically against the Rams, especially in LA. But Seattle has been playing better lately and is hungry to stay in the playoff hunt just one game out. Their success in this game will hinge on limiting explosive plays, ball control, and giving Wilson time to throw the ball.