Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are trying to put the pieces together after a lopsided loss while the Los Angeles Rams are attempting to tackle a much bigger puzzle with an interim head coach at the helm during a short week. The first-place Seahawks look to capture the NFC West title for the third time in four years and remain perfect in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday night when they host John Fassel and the reeling Rams (Enter Contest).
Seattle, which needs just a win or an Arizona loss to clinch the division crown, hardly looked like a playoff contender on Sunday as Russell Wilson threw a career-high five interceptions in a 38-10 setback in Green Bay. He threw for 254 yards back on September 18 against Los Angeles. The Seahawks suffered their third straight loss to the Rams with a 9-3 decision. The 28-year-old Wilson was hampered by an ailing ankle.
The Rams parted ways with Jeff Fisher on Monday. They temporarily handed the keys to special teams coach Fassel just hours after the club sustained its eighth loss in nine games with a 42-14 shellacking by Atlanta. Fassel’s task is a formidable one as Los Angeles ranks last in the NFL in points (14.9 per game) and total yards (286.2), and 30th overall in both rushing yards (81.1) and turnover differential (minus-11).
ABOUT THE RAMS (4-9)
Todd Gurley has been limited to 3.3 yards per carry and five touchdowns in 13 games this season after an impressive 4.8 average and 10 scores in his rookie campaign. Top overall pick Jared Goff is still getting his feet wet after sitting in favor of Case Keenum, throwing two interceptions on Sunday before finishing with respectable numbers (24-of-41 for 235 yards) due in part to the game being out of hand in a hurry. Both Goff and Gurley scored a rushing touchdown last week, with the former’s serving as his first of his career.
Wide receiver Kenny Britt has reeled in a touchdown pass in two of his last three games and resides 63 receiving yards shy of his first 1,000-yard campaign. He owns a career-best 63 receptions this season. Linebacker Alec Ogletree ranks fourth in the NFL in tackles (117) and recorded nine along with a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the first meeting with Seattle.
ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (8-4-1)
Seattle entered Sunday’s game versus Green Bay as the league’s top defense but saw that designation shredded after surrendering a season high in points in the first contest without former All-Pro safety Earl Thomas (broken leg). Seattle limited Gurley to just 51 yards on 19 carries with linebacker K.J. Wright collecting a team-high nine tackles in Week 2 and 49 with two sacks and a forced fumble over his last six games at home. Wideout Doug Baldwin has 20 receptions in his last three contests, but was limited to season lows in catches (three) and yards (20) in the first meeting with the Rams. Linebacker Bobby Wagner leads the NFL with 139 tackles while defensive end Cliff Avril ranks fourth in the NFC with 10 sacks.