The Los Angeles Rams lost in embarrassing fashion to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football in Week 1. They’ll look to quickly right the ship this Sunday as they play host to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Rams, in recent years, have played the Seahawks tough...but do they have what it takes to muster a fourth win in five meetings?
The Turf Show Times staff has their predictions:
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
Week 1 was ugly. Until the Rams show they can be competent, it's really difficult to pick them to win - even in the NFL's return to LA.
Prediction: 24-13, Seahawks
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
The Rams' run defense got exposed as a major chink in the armor. Seattle's exceptional running game will run straight through Ogletree. It's not his fault he's the only true linebacker on the field.
As far as the offense goes… what ya see is what ya get. This is Case Keenum. This is the passing offense. Todd Gurley will have to go against stacked boxes the entire season.
Prediction: 27-6, Seahawks
Tevin Broner (@T_Bron)
The Rams will finally find some type of offense. A couple of lucky breaks help them close the gap, but although the Rams defense usually plays the Seahawks well, this defense hasn't shown that they can gel and play well. The Rams could upset the Seahawks since they usually play them well, but it's hard to choose them after the beat down by the 49ers
Prediction: 21-14, Seahawks
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
For week 2: Week 1 changed my mind on the Rams season. If they played the 49ers that poorly, I really question what will happen against a better Seahawks team.
Prediction: 38-6, Seahawks
I just don't think the offense can solve all its problems in one week, so I think Zuerlein is going to be very busy. The Rams defense had its pride and ego tested, and usually responds well to adversity. Wilson is not 100% as a runner but is still dangerous from the pocket. It's going to be tough to see a W here from this unit, even at home.
Prediction: 17-12, Seahawks
Elijah Kim (@TST_Eli)
The Rams became the only team to get shut out on opening weekend since the Rams did it in 2009. God help our team. Despite the horrendous play of the MNF opener, I believe that the Rams will be much better prepared and motivated to play a Seahawks team that they've been able to play competitively. Even though the Seahawks aren't 100%, with Russell Wilson tendering a sore ankle, I fully expect Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael to take advantage of the Rams insistence of playing a 4-2-5 (more really a 4-1-6) defense for the majority of the game. While the game will be a slug fest, look for the Seahawks to pull away late
Prediction: 21-10, Seahawks
Mike Dietrich (@dvond)
Normally I would expect the unexpected from Fisher but the 49ers have set the blue print for all teams moving forward. Press the Wr's, 8 in the box and see if Keenum can complete passes over 10 yards which I have doubts about. The Hawks did not look good at all but if it is close, I have way more faith in Wilson than the Rams defense
Prediction: 20-6, Seahawks
Even though the Seahawks only squeaked by the Dolphins, the Rams were much, much worse against the 49ers. Fisher Ball is a roller coaster, and this feels like one of those odd games he could come away with, but it's hard to justify beating any team after what happened on Monday night, let alone the Seahawks.
Prediction: 24-6, Seahawks
While the Seahawks played a close game at home with the Dolphins last Sunday, I saw an aggressive, attacking defense that really took it to Miami in a way that I haven’t seen them play since their 2013 Super Bowl season. Then we have the Rams, who were fortunate that they were playing against Blaine Gabbert and not an average QB, who wouldn’t have missed so badly on the several big play chances presented them by the Rams defense.
I believe a packed Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and a still shaky Seahawks offensive line will keep the Rams within striking distance for a while, but am picking the Seahawks, behind Thomas Rawls, and a gimpy Russell Wilson in this one.
Prediction: 20-6, Seahawks
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Prediction: 17-10, Seahawks
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
Man, how brutal was Monday night? The Rams couldn’t even score a single point. And it would seem nearly unfathomable for them to turn it around and beat a perennial NFC powerhouse, especially on a short week.
And for that reason, I’m picking the Rams to win. Why? Because it’s a Total Rams Move.
Prediction: 17-16, Rams