As the Los Angeles Rams get set to kick off their 2023 season, they travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in a game that looks a bit more one-sided than Rams fans would like.
The Seahawks are coming off a surprise season which saw them earn a playoff berth behind a late breakout from Geno Smith.
Meanwhile, the Rams are amidst a much different type of immediate future; one that could see a rebuild come to fruition sooner than later.
We have five questions for this Rams team heading into Week 1.
1. Will the Rams be able to generate a pass rush?
Over the offseason, the Rams somewhat tore down their defense by trading Jalen Ramsey, letting Bobby Wagner go and allowing Leonard Floyd to sign elsewhere. Those are three big, integral parts of what was a very respectable defense for a couple of years in L.A.
Last year, the Rams still couldn't generate much of a pass rush even with some of their big names. It was true, Aaron Donald cannot do it all. The Rams were tied for 8th-worst in the NFL in sacks with 38.
Because their defense has been stripped down a ton, one of the biggest questions right now will be whether or not this front seven can get pressure on the quarterback. Starting in Week 1 against Geno Smith and a Seahawks offensive line that has ranked toward the bottom of the league in many outlets' offseason rankings, the Rams have to start quickly.
But, if they don't, then it could be a sign of a long season to come for that defense.