The Los Angeles Rams are 3-1 and in first place in the NFC West. The incumbent Seattle Seahawks come into LA trying to get even in the standings but are going to find out that this ain’t your cousin’s Rams offense. Here’s my five Rams to watch for Sunday.
DE Michael Brockers
Brockers makes the list for the second week but this time as a defensive end. Fancy. While many fans were freaking out over Wade Phillips last week, the Rams quietly shifted Brockers from his original NT position to end, and then proceeded to have himself a damn good game. Already playing as one of the best interior run defenders, Brockers gets to spread his wings a little more as a pass rusher. Against this Seattle offensive line? Fly, Michael. Fly.
LT Andrew Whitworth
What a blessing Andrew has been to everyone. He’s quite important. He’s been playing like the best free agent signing in the entire league (Shouts out to Cincinnati) and gets his first shot at the Rams-Seahawks rivalry against two good defensive ends in Michael Bennett and Frank Clark. How much he sees of either guy remains to be seen but if the Rams win, Whitworth having a great game will be a no doubter. Coincidentally, after Whitworth’s arrival, the Rams have allowed just four sacks and Jared Goff looks like nothing phases him.
EDGE Robert Quinn
Quinn has struggled this year. Regardless of scheme, Quinn’s objectives are the same; rush the passer and set the edge. He just doesn’t look right. If there’s ever a game to get back on track its against the Seahawks. In ten career games against Seattle, Quinn has 11 sacks. He’s only played against Seattle once in each of the past two years so with better health, he should get back to being Russell Wilson’s public enemy number one.
WR Cooper Kupp
Someone’s gotta eat this week. Why not Kupp? It’s apparent to everyone that’s watched this season that Kupp is a large factor on the offense and is dangerous in any stacked WR formation that McVay throws out there. With either Sammy Watkins or Robert Woods occupying Richard Sherman’s air space, the Rams will have other weapons to exploit the Seattle defense finally. With two big time hitters in Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor in the heart of the field, Kupp better look alive or he might end up dead.
RB Todd Gurley
Todd cannot be denied. He’s playing like he hates a lot of people. As fun as it would be for the Rams to make the Seahawks their 1999 San Francisco 49ers (Shouts out to Super Bowls!) it would be even better if the Rams drubbed Seattle on the back of Todd Gurley leaping over their dumb new logos all day long. The Seahawks have seen a lot of Gurley live and on tape, but they haven’t seen this version of Gurley as a receiver yet. I’m not so sure that Seattle will have an answer. Another good game and the MVP conversation is about to get LOUD.