The LA Rams (3-6) may have had the Seattle Seahawks (6-3) number of late, but I would not take their Week 11 contest too lightly. Yes, the Rams can beat the Seahawks. That was proven in Week 1 when the Rams traveled to Seattle to defeat the Seahawks in hostile territory. Now, the Rams are playing in the friendly confines of SoFi Stadium, and hope to complete the sweep.
But we know that the Rams are not exactly an NFL powerhouse this season. Even if everything falls into place, the Rams are not assured of a win. If the officiating, tackling, coverage, health, ability to catch passes, time of possession, or turnover battles fall the wrong way, the Rams roster as it is currently constructed simply does not have the ability to overcome those types of setbacks.
In the season opener, the LA Rams entered halftime by trailing the Seahawks by a score of 13-7. But the second half was all LA Rams, as the Rams defense shut down the Seahawks offense. That allowed the Rams offense to spring to life, scoring 23 points in the second half.
Second verse, same as the first?
So how did the Rams score at will? Well, the Rams certainly played more two tight ends than they have all season. The Rams went with a 12 personnel package 17 times in that Week 1 win.
Even with a significantly higher rate of two tight ends, the Rams passing game seemed to benefit more from better blocking. Both Rams receivers, rookie Puka Nacua and veteran Tutu Atwell, put up 119 yards receiving in the game. But the scoring fell to the Rams rushers, as Kyren Williams scored twice and Cam Akers rumbled in for one touchdown.
The Rams leveraged 40 rushes in the game to ensure that the Seahawks' secondary remained off-balance and reeling throughout the second half of the game. Will the Rams' offense, eager to test the Seahawks' secondary with a trio of wide receivers that now includes veteran Cooper Kupp, flip to a pass-happy strategy? Of will the team, just getting veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford back from injury, be willing to run the football often enough to ensure Stafford's health?
It's a game within the game. The strategy that dictates the likelihood of the Rams emerging with a victory. Can the Rams exhibit enough confidence in the running game to stick with it throughout the game? Can the Rams defense do another number on the Seahawks offense?
I think that the Rams can do it. But whether the team will or not remains to be seen.