In their second year in LA, the Rams have been rejuvenated under new coach Sean McVay and the uptick with Goff. In last week's win over the Cowboys, Zuerlein was a flawless 7/7 on field goals, while Hekker now ranks 7th in the National Football League with an average of 47.8 yards per punt.
If they want to point to a thread of a silver lining, it's that they made some uncharacteristic mistakes. More than the standings though, it could be a psychological mountain to climb, considering how Seattle has dominated this division since the beginning of the decade. Yet they still had a prayer of winning at the end. This is why the oddsmakers are predicting a close finish, with the current line favoring the host Los Angeles Rams by one point, with an over/under of 46 points on the day. They are playing at a high level, but they've had an easy schedule thus far, and it's far too early to crown them as playoff contenders.
The Rams are just 1-7-1 against the spread in their last nine home games, are 1-9-1 against the number in their last 11 games versus NFC opponents, and are winless at 0-4 at the betting window in their last four games versus NFC West opponents. Thomas Rawls was a healthy scratch, but should suit up Sunday to try and help Seattle get a running game going. Blair Walsh's two second-half field goals turned out to be the difference for Seattle, which managed just 97 yards in the second half. Johnson had run from the LA 12 to the Seattle 19, but the Seahawks defense held the Rams to two yards on three downs, making them accept three points instead of six. It certainly isn't Arizona or San Francisco. For the Seahawks, it has been their inability to stop the run consistently as they now rank 27th at 134 rushing yards per game allowed. Running back Todd Gurley is leading the NFC with 362 rushing yards. They have developed a solid run game and Jared Goff has shown why he was the first overall pick past year.
"Man, the big boy was moving", Thomas said of Richardson. "So they'd kind of hear the stories of, 'These guys are great.' What makes them great?" Nevertheless, it's undeniable that Jared Goff has been behaving himself like a seasoned veteran this season. You don't even have to throw it.
Seattle should know they won't be so lucky again. "That's what we love about him".
The game was a mulligan for Carroll. But that was years ago. Sunday washed that away.
And here is what coach Pete Carroll had to say Friday following the final full practice for this game. Los Angeles may not have won Sunday, but they proved they belong at the top of the division-one they haven't won since 2003.
Who: Seattle Seahawks vs. The Seahawks have to win the battle inside the trenches to stand a chance on Sunday. With the game on the line and the crowd cranked to full volume, USC's defense came through and Rodgers went: incompletion, sacked, incompletion, incompletion. It means, that while the primary reporters are certainly siding with the Rams, many other people at the network aren't ready to pick against quarterback Russell Wilson and his Seahawks (yet). And their struggles in pass protection may have led to the decision to not take one last shot into the end zone at the end of the fist half.
"We kept trying, but we couldn't run the ball today", Carroll said. "I was thinking about it".