Our 5 boldest predictions yet for the LA Rams vs. the Seahawks
By Bret Stuter
Bold prediction I
The LA Rams defense is perhaps the most in need of a big game. After the last game, the Seahawks offense has had time to plan ways to get their top receivers on defensive backs not named Jalen Ramsey. And that will be their top objective in this one. But the New York Jets exposed another weakness in the heart of the field. Now the Rams must solve multiple problems.
The good news is that the Rams are getting the band back together. Outside linebacker Terrell Lewis will be active in this game, and he had two sacks against Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The Rams will also be getting back several defensive backs. The team activated both DB Nick Scott and Juju Hughes from the Reserve/COVID-19 liest this week. With additional help to lock down receivers once more, the Rams can get after the quarterback.
The LA Rams defense is tied at second-place in quarterback sacks with 44 on the season. After a frightfully unproductive first half of the season, the Seahawks have skyrocketed to seventh-place among NFL sack leaders. But the Rams know what must be done. With the secondary restocked with two healthy players, they will be close enough to receivers to force Wilson to hold onto the ball. That will give the Rams pass rush enough time to sack Wilson five or more times.
The Rams had great success with blitzing inside linebacker Troy Reeder against Washington, and I look for them to do so again in this game. Even if he does not get to Wilson, he will take some of the blockers off Aaron Donald. The Seahawks tend to use multiple blockers against Donald on virtually every play. I expect that the Rams will set Donald over the center and use that to open the middle blitz lanes up against Wilson.