The Los Angeles Rams hope to put the previous week as far in the rearview as possible when heading on the road on Sunday to take on the Seattle Seahawks. It’s no surprise considering they took a giant “L” to the winless New York Jets. That loss is definitely going to sting for a while. Things won’t get any easier in an NFC West divisional showdown with a Seahawks team coming off back-to-back wins over the Washington Football Team and those same Jets.
Rams get embarrassed by Gang Green
Some of them wear helmets. Take the Los Angeles Rams for example. They single-handedly saved the New York Jets from the embarrassment of a winless season. But if you go even deeper than that, they might have actually saved the projected No. 1 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence, from getting drafted by the Jets. That’s about the only sense of pride that comes with getting stomped out at home by the worst team in football.
You can rest assured the Rams are ready to get back on the field against the Seahawks to put their run-in with the Jets to bed once and for all. However, realistically, it could take a few weeks before the relentless memeing and trolling subsides.
What are the Rams going to do about it?
That’s the most important question heading into another tough game against the Seahawks. They need to use the loss to the Jets as some form of motivation to make a statement against their NFC West division rivals. The offensive line struggles have been apparent for the Seahawks, and it was the main reason why Los Angeles’ defense was so effective when beating them earlier in the season. They sacked Russell Wilson six times and forced him into two interceptions. It was a literal pass-rushing onslaught that held one of the league’s most explosive offenses to only 16 points.
The Rams have to show that same fire up front with guys like Leonard Floyd and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald leading the way.
On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Jared Goff would probably like to see the running game pick up a bit after struggling against the Jets. It doesn’t help matters that running back Cam Akers has been “sidelined indefinitely” with a high-ankle sprain. However, the Rams still have a pair of thumpers in Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson Jr. coming out of the backfield. Even against the Seahawks’ porous secondary, Goff is not the kind of quarterback you want to see repeatedly airing out passes.
A possible revenge game for Seattle
The Rams team that showed up against the Jets looked nothing like the team that bullied the Seahawks earlier in the season. So instead of doing a rain dance, Seattle will be doing a bad Rams dance in hopes of facing the same team that showed up on Sunday.A win against the Rams would wrap up the division for the Seahawks and cement them as NFC West champions. A loss, however, would create the complication of having matching records and the Rams owning the tie.
The Seahawks would do well to avoid the latter at all costs.
It would help if they could put some heat on Goff in the pocket. The Rams have been notoriously inconsistent on offense. They went 2-of-11 on third-down conversions against the Jets last week. Goff has shown himself to come a little unhinged when pressure is in his face. That’s when you get those odd throws that take you back to the days when people were yelling for the Rams to cut bait and draft another quarterback.
Make no mistake, there’s more of good Goff than bad Goff these days, but even a trip down memory lane has a chance of ending in complete disaster. The Seahawks’ defense has been unreliable for the most part this season, especially against the pass, but they have to cause a little chaos to knock the Rams off their game.
Quarterback Russell Wilson is the one guy the team can always count on to handle his end on the other side of the ball. The connection he has formed with the human science experiment, DK Metcalf, could be like Shaq and Kobe on the football field. But they’ll be going up against a Rams defense that ranks No. 1 in the league against the pass. It’s the same defense that made Metcalf look human in the previous meeting by holding him to two receptions for only 28 yards.