The Rams vs Seahawks return to a usual Sunday schedule this weekend after a primetime Thursday night showdown with the Vikings. In Week 5, they’ll take on the Seahawks in Seattle, seeking a remarkable 5-0 start.
To get you ready for Week 5 of the regular season, we’ve compiled all the important gameday information – from streaming information to the officiating crew on Sunday.
It’s a battle of the NFC West when the Los Angeles Rams head to Seattle to face off against the Seattle Seahawks. One is the former favorite and a forgotten contender while the other is undefeated and an early favorite for Super Bowl LIII. How the tables have turned for the two franchises but let’s get into what we can expect from both teams before Sunday’s matchup.
For years, the Seattle Seahawks were the favorites in the NFC West. With Russell Wilson at the helm and former players like Marshawn Lynch and Jermaine Kearse at his disposal, their offense was crazy. Coupled with the Legion of Boom, the Seahawks were unstoppable and now they’re just abysmal.
With the Seahawks poor o-line play and loss of Earl Thomas, the team is struggling to win a game. With a 1-3 record, they’re no longer kings of the NFC West and it’s sad to watch the franchise fall so fast. Right now, the Seahawks just have to try and hope for the best.
The opposite can be said about the Los Angeles Rams. The team is easily one of the most talked about and improved teams in the league. Their defense is stellar featuring some of the biggest names in football while the offense has arguably some of the best receivers. The Rams are becoming superstars and we’re just all along for the ride.
If there was any doubt that the Rams (4-0) had established themselves as the top team in the N.F.C. in the first quarter of the season, it is now gone. They’re getting so much respect, they’re favored by a touchdown in the hostile confines of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. The Rams have an offense every bit as exciting as Kansas City’s, and the potential for a blowout is certainly there, but the Seahawks (2-2) have always played so much better at home and should be able to keep the game respectable, even with Earl Thomas out with a broken leg.
The Rams are flying high on offense, and will be rested after playing last Thursday. The Seahawks are coming off a solid defensive game last week against Arizona, but this is a much tougher challenge. Seattle plays much better at home, and I think that will help them keep this one closer than expected. Rams take it, but it’s tight.
Can the Seahawks slow down Jared Goff without Earl Thomas? They slowed Goff and the aerial circus last year in Seattle (with Thomas), mostly because the Rams were up five scores and didn’t have to throw. Goff only dropped back 23 times in that game while watching Todd Gurley, Malcolm Brown and Co. carry the ball 43 times for 244 yards and three touchdowns. With Thomas out for the Seahawks, there is no reason for Rams coach Sean McVay to pump the brakes on the most lethal passing attack in pro football. Noise could play a role — if it does, turn around and hand the ball to No. 30. Seattle’s run defense has stunk thus far (27th in the NFL). As for the other side, Russell Wilson isn’t taking off much these days, averaging a scant 2.8 carries per game. He might need to triple that figure for the Seahawks to stay in this one.
Heading into week 5, the Rams are heavy favorites and rightfully so. They’re one of the youngest albeit best teams in the NFL. Right now, the Seahawks are just a small stop on their continued dominance of the league. If everything goes to plan, the undefeated streak should continue.
TV and Game Info
Date: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
Start Time: 4:25 p.m. EST
Location: Seattle, WA
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
TV Info: Fox
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go