Week 1 kicks off on September 10th (next Sunday!) when the Seattle Seahawks welcome the Los Angeles Rams to the Emerald City. Four years ago this would have been one of the marquee matchups. The Rams, however, enter the season a complete mess while the Hawks are primed for a deep playoff run.
You don't win a Super Bowl Week 1, of course, but the journey begins one game at a time. Seattle begins with a four-game stretch where they likely need to go 2-2. A win over an NFC West rival would be a great way to start the season.
Seattle can win the game in several ways. But one thing they can't do is overlook a weakened Rams team (more on that in a minute). Here are the three keys to a Seahawks victory in Week 1.
Key to winning Week 1 No. 1: Seahawks should attack the Rams secondary
The first key to victory is to expose the LA secondary for what it is. Not to throw shade or hate on the Rams (I do not like them but I am trying to be nice), but let's face it, their secondary is not good. At all. In fact, worst in the league. It's hard to believe that two years ago the Rams were one of the best at shutting down receivers and now I could probably get open against this unit. Okay, probably not, but the fact is they struggle to cover anything that moves.
The Hawks are loaded with elite talent at the wide receiver position and if Geno Smith can duplicate some of the magic that he had last year, this game could get out of hand quickly for LA. DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Jake Bobo, Noah Fant, Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson...Oh my! Any of these guys could find the end zone in this game. If I had to bet, I would put Metcalf and Fant as shoe-ins for punching one in.
The Seahawks will find a way to get the passing game going, and if they don't they will hopefully run the ball down the LA's throat. Which brings me to the second key to winning in Week 1.