The Seattle Seahawks kick off their 2023 season (finally!) by hosting the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, September 10th at Lumen Field in Seattle. The teams have an all-time head-to-head record of 27-22 in favor of your Seahawks in the regular season, but the Rams have a 2-0 record against Seattle in playoff games. In the last 10 games, the Rams lead the series 6-4.
The Seahawks appear to be the team on the higher trajectory, however. Los Angeles sold its proverbial soul to win the Super Bowl and they did so two seasons ago. Now, though, they have had to get rid of a bunch of talent in order to get under the salary cap. Los Angeles also went several years without having high draft picks, most of which they traded away.
Still, one never knows what mighthappen in Week 1. Many starters on both teams didn't play either at all or very much in the preseason, so there could be some rust. Los Angeles could very likely be without excellent receiver Cooper Kupp (dealing with an injury suffered in 2022) and that could be the reason they lose. Whatever the reason, let's hope the Seahawks win, of course.
Seahawks vs. Rams Week 1: All you need to know
When and where
Week 1 will see the Seahawks host the Rams at Lumen Field. The game begins at 1:25 pm PT (4:25 pm ET for those 12s on the east coast, 10:25 pm for the 12s in Berlin, Germany, and 5:25 pm for 12s in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). If you can't make it to the stadium, FOX will carry the game live (more on that in a minute).
The weather should be nearly perfect for the game. By the afternoon, the skies will be cloudy, but that means no sun in the eyes of players such as Geno Smith. There is very little chance of rain (10 percent) and the wind will be relatively light at 8-10 MPH. The high on Sunday should be in the mid-70s.
The good part of Seahawks injuries is that rookie receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba is going to play in Week 1. Just a few weeks after wrist surgery too. That's impressive. Edge rusher Darrell Taylor is also expected to play.
The bad is that safety Jamal Adams isn't yet practicing and won't play. Rookies Derick Hall and Mike Morris are practicing, but may not play in Week 1. You will have to stay tuned for that.
On the Rams side, wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. This probably means that Seahawks rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon is even less likely to play in Week 1 as Witherspoon, who has been dealing with his own hamstring injury, was drafted to try to contain players like Kupp. Kupp is a much bigger loss to the Rams than Witherspoon would be to the Seahawks, though.
TV, radio, and streaming
FOX (FOX13, or the artist formerly known as Q13, will carry the game in the Seattle area) will be your place to go to watch the game live. The broadcast team will be Kevin Kugler on play-by-play and Mark Sanchez doing the color commentary. The excellent Laura Okmin will be reporting from the sidelines.
You can listen to the game with an NFL+ subscription and listening locally on Seattle Sports 710AM and KIRO Newsradio at 97.3 FM. The high priest of Seahawks radio, Steve Raible, will do the play-by-play, and he will be joined in the booth by Dave Wyman. Jen Mueller will be the sidelines reporter.
You can stream the game if you have a subscription to YouTube TV's Sunday Ticket, and also locally at Seahawks.com and Seahawks Mobile App. If you subscribe to NFL+, you can watch the game on replay. Let's just hope it's a game all 12s can enjoy.