The incumbent Seattle Seahawks come into Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Rams in hopes to cool off their scorching offensive pace that led them to the top of the NFC West standings. These two teams always give us a great battle. Here’s my five Seahawks to watch.
DE Frank Clark
He got a start to his career for all the wrong off the field reasons. Buuuuut....Frank can play. Clark is in his third season and is part of a strong Seattle defensive line, and has 1.5 sacks through four weeks of the season, none since week 2 against San Francisco. In 2016, Clark had 3.5 sacks in two games against the Rams (and no, not all came against GRob) but now faces a much better LA offensive line, anchored by LT Andrew Whitworth.
RB Thomas Rawls
Due to the ugly injury of Chris Carson, the Seahawks are looking back to Rawls to try and recapture the lightning in a bottle from 2015. Rawls has a whopping 5 carries for 4 yards in 2017 and is arguably still not 100% healthy. By most indications the Seahawks will give Rawls the bulk of the carries this week while Eddie Lacy is still just existing and J.D. McKissic is being integrated into the offense. For Rawls, this is a chance against a leaky LB group to show if he has anything left from 2015 or if we can close the book on him for good.
WR Paul Richardson
Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett deservedly get most of the hype when talking about the Seattle WRs but Richardson is off to a pretty good start in 2017. He’s third on the team in targets behind Baldwin and Jimmy Graham but has just 11 catches for 157 yards and 2 TDs. He’s got speed to burn and Seattle could finally commit to making him a bigger part of the offense with Graham struggling.
CB Shaq Griffin
Griffin was thrust into the Seahawks CB2 spot last week against the Colts when Jeremy Lane left with a groin injury and was targeted early, giving up a TD to Donte Moncrief. The third round rookie figures to start in Lane’s place this week should he be ruled out and should be a prime target for the Rams with Richard Sherman manning the left side of the defense. Buckle up, Shaq.
QB Russell Wilson
Russell. Not a lot needs to be said for most Rams fans here. Wilson is a freak of an athlete and can dominate games. But the Rams just have a way of making his life a living hell. With a new defense and some key players playing at sub-standard levels, its a game Wilson has to be feeling better about than in past years. Wilson has already been sacked 10 times in four games but has over 1000 yards passing with a 7:2 TD:INT ratio. He’s also added 138 yards on the ground for 1 score.