Seattle sneaks past the Rams after building a solid lead
So far I have guessed (most likely incorrectly) that Seattle will have several splashy plays offensively while defensively they allow the Rams to control the clock. So how will Seattle have enough time to score enough points to win the game and move to 7-3? My guess is that the offense gets a little bit of help.
The Los Angeles Rams are not a great coverage team. Los Angeles has allowed 11.2 yards per punt return, 23rd in the NFL, and 30.3 yards per kick return, 28th in the league. Meanwhile, DeeJay Dallas is having a very good year returning punts and kicks for Seattle. He is fifth in the league in punt returns at 11.7 and is averaging 25.7 yards per kick return. This would rank second if Dallas had enough returns to qualify.
Dallas isn't normally overly explosive but more just a solid returner, but he is a running back and does have some speed. I think he breaks off at least one long kick return and scores either a punt or kick return. That will be 6 more points that the Seahawks didn't count on.
My guess is that Seattle will get out to a two-touchdown lead in the third quarter before the Rams start chipping away. Los Angeles will cut the lead to one late in the fourth quarter before a late Jason Myers field goal makes the spread four points. The Seahawks will win 30-26 and move to 7-3 and set up a first-place showdown with the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving Day.