Divisional wars are fun even at the worst of times, and while the Seahawks may not be on the same kind of level as the Los Angeles Rams this season, there are still plenty of reasons to believe that this is going to be an absolute barnburner of a match this weekend. The Rams are one of the teams to watch in the race to reach the Super Bowl, whereas the Seattle Seahawks are slowly starting to pull themselves back from the brink after an 0-2 start.
It was business as usual for Los Angeles in Week 1, as they carried over their sensational form from last season with a 33-13 domination of the Oakland Raiders. A decisive 34-0 win over the Cardinals, drawing flashbacks to a similar result in London last season, kept the ball rolling, with wins over the Chargers (in the Battle of Los Angeles) and the Vikings confirming what the world already knew: that these guys are contenders.
On the opposite end of the spectrum we’ve got the Seahawks who, as we just noted, have had some troubled times over the course of the last few months. A difficult off season was followed up by defeats to the Broncos and Bears, aka two teams who they probably would’ve been expecting to beat on any other given day. They edged past the Cowboys in the following week, though, and while the win over the Cardinals that took them to 2-2 wasn’t convincing, it was definitely what the doctor ordered in order to help them get their mojo back.
The important thing for Seattle in this game is going to be letting the Rams know that they’re there, because physicality could be the key to their success. It sounds bad to indicate that they should play a rough style, but the fluidity that the Rams play with is so hard to deal with even if you’re at the top of your game.
The Legion of Boom is no more but they need to start looking ahead to the future, and this mentality of ‘let’s just wait it out and get a good draft pick’ needs to stop. The Los Angeles Rams are steamrolling everyone in their wake, and if the Seahawks lie down and take it, then it could have a huge impact on both of their seasons.
In terms of an actual prediction we’ll go with Seattle starting strong, but fading down the stretch which will allow the Rams to move to 5-0.