Top 3 keys to victory for Seattle Seahawks versus Los Angeles Rams in Week 1

The Seahawks open their 2023 season with a home game against NFC West rival, the Los Angeles Rams.
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Key to winning Week 1 No. 2: Seahawks need to run the ball down LA's throat

The second key to victory is to control the tempo of the game by running the ball. Pete Carroll football in its simplest form; run the ball, run the ball again, and then run some more. The Seahawks are stacked with capable ball carriers, and that starts with the runner-up for offensive rookie of the year, Kenneth Walker III. This guy plays like a more physical version of Napoleon Kaufman. He is fast. "He's so fast he makes fast people look not fast."

We get it. He's fast. Walker rushed for 1,050 yards and 9 touchdowns, on 228 attempts. The dude didn't start until Week 5 either. The Seahawks were 7-4 after Walker took over as the lead back. The record doesn't jump out as the greatest stretch ever, but weren't the Seahawks supposed to be rebuilding last year? Walker's play carried the team and opened up the passing game for Geno to do his thing.

The Hawks added another absolute beaut in the second round of the draft in Zach Charbonnet. The former UCLA Bruin standout is the perfect compliment to what Walker brings to the party. Charbonnet is a bruiser, who has speed and can catch the ball.

Filling out the young running back room is holdover DeeJay Dallas and seventh-round pick Kenny McIntosh (who I can't believe fell to the seventh round). If this combination of talent pounds the rock, Seattle will control the clock and keep the ball out of Matthew Stafford's hands. If you are into fantasy football this would be a good week to stream the Seattle defense (they won't be on the field much if we dominate the running game).