Our 5 boldest predictions yet for the LA Rams vs. the Seahawks
By Bret Stuter
Bold prediction IV
Yes, the LA Rams running game will be missing their hottest running back Cam Akers. But that will not force the Rams into an exclusive aerial assault in this one. In fact, it may be a bit of a benefit, to be honest. You see, in the first game, the Rams were able to run the ball very effectively. Between the pair of veteran Malcolm Brown and second-year Darrell Henderson, the Rams rush the duo 13 times for 61 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
They averaged well over 4.8 yards-per-carry and were only limited by the few opportunities to carry the ball. The Rams have been pass-centric in the past, and the first game against the Seahawks was one of the prime examples. So now it comes down to which of the two players will get the most opportunities?
Leaning towards Brown
While it doesn’t really matter which of the Rams’ two running backs grind out the most yardage, I’m leaning towards Brown for this one. When the Rams need dependable production, they start with the most familiar player on the roster. That means that the Rams will try to get Brown going in this one early. As a group, I expect that both Brown and Henderson will combine on the day for over 150 yards rushing and at least one rushing touchdown.
I expect Brown to get over 80 yards on 18 carries in this one, and Henderson to rush 12 times for 70 plus yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks’ run defense is very tough, as it is the third-ranked rushing defense in the NFL, just behind the Rams. But the Seahawks score so quickly in a game, that they seldom face a team committed to rush against them. And they can be scored against on the ground, as they have allowed 17 rushing touchdowns, which is only the 24th-ranked run-scoring defense in the NFL.