Key IV: Stop tight end Gerald Everett
Okay, this one seems a bit misplaced, doesn’t it? The Seattle Seahawks have a ton of offensive weapons at their disposal. So far, their offense has targeted tight end Gerald Everett just nine times for eight catches. 77 yards and one touchdown. That’s not saying much for a prime target in this game, now is it?
Of course, right now, Gerald Everett is quarantined as a result of a positive COVID-19 test that sat him in Week 4. His last test on Wednesday was negative. Since he is fully vaccinated, a negative test on Thursday will enable him to play against his former team.
Since the Seahawks offensive coordinator, Shane Waldron. is also a former Rams coach, you can bet that he has a bit of irony up his sleeve. It’s not unheard of for a player to put up big numbers when facing their former teams. After all, who knows the LA Rams better on the Seahawks offense than tight end Gerald Everett?
The Rams will devote defensive back Jalen Ramsey to cover wide receiver D.K. Metcalf, while teammate Darious Williams will blanket Tyler Lockett. See where this is going?
That likely leaves David Long Jr. or Taylor Rapp on Everett, and neither is particularly solid in pass defense this year.
If Everett gets hot, the Rams will need to revise their coverage schemes, and that is when the likes of Lockett or Metcalf can hurt the Rams. So the Rams will need to pay attention and shut down Everett early. Doing that will force Wilson to throw to his wide receivers. Then the Rams can make plays on the football and hopefully get some turnovers, and a win, of their own.