The Seattle Seahawks have won two games in a row for the first time this season, but neither of their prior opponents will be as tough as the Rams.
The Rams have been dealing with COVID issues more so than the Seahawks, but they are getting some of their players back off the COVID list because they have been given more time to recover.
The Rams present difficult challenges for the Seahawks on the offensive line with their fierce pass rush led by Aaron Donald, they can score fast, and they are playing for a division title.
Here are three reasons for the Seahawks to be concerned about the Rams.
Three concerns for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15 versus the Rams
1. The Rams pass rush
The last time the Seahawks played against the Rams, Russell Wilson was injured on a pressure from Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Donald’s facemask hit Russell Wilson’s hand, which resulted in a four-week-long finger injury which was devastating.
The Rams are tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks with 36, as they have been imposing their will on offensive lines this season. The biggest question for them is whether Von Miller will be able to return from the COVID list prior to Tuesday night’s game.
2. The Rams have more to play for
The Seahawks still mathematically have a slim chance of sneaking into the playoffs, but the stakes are clearly higher for the Rams. They are just a game behind division leader Arizona, who they beat on Monday night football last week, and the Rams need to win against the Seahawks to keep pace with them.
Playoff seeding is huge for the Rams who have the chance to host playoff games if they win the division title. The Seahawks will likely compete hard even though their odds are low to reach the playoffs, but the Rams are better positioned and should be more motivated.
3. The Rams offense is clicking
The Rams have scored 28 or more points in each of their last three games, and Matt Stafford has completed 72% of his passes in each of his last two games for 582 yards, 6 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Explosive plays have been the key to the Rams offensive success lately, either with long touchdown passes or long passes which set up red-zone scores.
The Rams receiving corps are impressive with Van Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, and OBJ as their leading receivers. The Seahawks are going to need to make the Rams receivers earn every yard and limit explosive plays. Otherwise, the Rams could turn this game into a track meet, with their quick-strike offense.
This game unfortunately was moved because of COVID-19 concerns and could extinguish the last hopes the Seahawks have of making the playoffs. After their game on Tuesday with the Rams, Seattle will have a quick turnaround to face the Bears the following Sunday, five days after playing the Rams. The impact of COVID-19 on this game and the rest of the season will be a challenge for both teams, but this schedule change did not do any favors for the Seahawks.