Three Seattle Seahawks to watch against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11

The Seahawks are looking to build off their thrilling win in Week 10 over the Commanders, as they take on the Rams for the second time this season on Sunday.
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The Seattle Seahawks needed a get-right game and they got it in Week 10, with a gritty win over a feisty Washington Commanders team. Geno Smith led the Seahawks on a game-winning drive for the third time this season. Kicker Jason Meyers kicked the winning field goal as time expired, giving Seattle a 29-26 victory over Washington.

Having been blown out in Week 9 by the Ravens, the Seahawks were able to right the ship just as they enter a brutal five-week stretch. This includes two games against the Niners, a game against Dallas, and Philadelphia after they play the LA Rams this Sunday.

Having lost to the Rams in Week 1 of the season, the Seahawks will be hoping for a better result as they head to LA for their Week 11 matchup. The good news for the Seahawks, is they have two key players this time around on their defense who were missing in their Week 1 game against the Rams. Corner Devon Witherspoon and defensive lineman Leonard Williams were not on the active roster back in Week 1 and should make an impact in the rematch between these two teams.

Also, Seahawks offensive tackle Charles Cross who missed most of the second half of the Rams game in Week 1, will be ready to take on Aaron Donald and the Rams defensive line on Sunday.

Charles Cross, Leonard Williams, and Devon Witherspoon will be game-changers this week

Why Devon Witherspoon will be a difference maker on Sunday

Devon Witherspoon is becoming a key part of the Seahawks' new-look defense this year, and the Seahawks clearly missed him against the Rams in Week 1. Rams wide receivers Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell each had 119 yards receiving while QB Matthew Stafford threw for 334 yards against the Seahawks the first time these teams met. Devon Witherspoon who missed the Seahawks opener due to injury, is healthy for this game, and he will have an opportunity to make a difference in the passing game on Sunday.

With Witherspoon back for this game, he can help the Seahawks' defense cover the Rams' best receivers and bring extra pressure on blitzes to make it harder for the Rams to find success through the air.

Leonard Williams adds a new element to the Seahawks defense in their rematch with the Rams

The Seahawks' newly acquired defensive lineman Leonard Williams can strengthen the Seahawks pass rush against the Rams in Week 11. Back in Week 1, the Seahawks struggled to put pressure on Rams QB Matthew Stafford, as they failed to sack him back in the season opener.

The Seahawks traded for Leonard Williams before the trade deadline, because they wanted to beef up their pass rush. In Week 10 against the Washington Commanders, Williams recorded his first sack as a Seahawk. For the Seahawks to win on Sunday, he and the Seahawks defense need to put pressure on Matthew Stafford and limit the time he has to throw.

Charles Cross can help Seahawks correct Seahawks second half O-line woes on Sunday

Seattle struggled against the Rams defensive line in the second half of their Week 1 game when Charles Cross and Abe Lucas left the game with injuries. Charles Cross returned to the Seahawks in Week 5 and has not missed a snap since. His injury along with Abe Lucas in Week 1, was devastating to Seahawks' offensive line, as they failed to adjust to the Rams' second half pass rush and stunts.

Charles Cross being healthy this week should help shore up the Seahawks' offensive line and give Geno more time to throw. Also, should Abe Lucas return this week, it will be the first time the Seahawks starting tackles have been on the field together since Week 1.

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