A win gives the Rams a two game division lead and sets them up take the NFC West crown for the first time since 2003. It’s a must-win game for Seattle, who find themselves buried behind three NFC South teams - Saints (9-4), Panthers (9-4), and Falcons (8-4) - and on the outside looking in at the NFC playoff picture.
Can the Rams send the Seahawks to a near certain doom and clinch the NFC West crown? Or is the 12th man going to get the best of the Rams on Sunday, making the chances of a playoff berth even more difficult?
The Turf Show Times’ staff have their predictions...
This has shootout written all over it. Both defenses are banged up and both offenses are very hot.
Prediction: Rams win, 42-41
Russell Wilson has played like a serious MVP candidate as he’a carried the Seahawks as they keep losing player after player to injury. It’s a matchup I think clearly favors the Rams offense over the Seahawks defense and one that could be dangerous with an ailing secondary vs the Seattle Russell Wilson’s. The Rams have playoff implications on the line, I think they’ll respond convincingly.
Prediction: Rams win, 33-24
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
Rams travel up to Seattle this week. Both teams play hard against each other, so do not expect a pretty game. Seattle comes in banged up defensively which would be perfect for LA, but the Rams have injuries as well along the secondary & offensive line. Will big LT Andrew Whitworth be able to go from a knee injury? What about RT Rob Havenstein? Rams still edge out a victory.
Prediction: Rams win, 20-16
Elijah Kim (@Football_EZK)
The Rams will look to avoid a losing streak for the season against their divisional rival, Seattle. With much on the line, look for the Rams to lean on Todd Gurley instead of the passing game in the cold and gray weather of Seattle. The Rams will make just enough plays on the injury-riddled defense but MVP candidate Russell Wilson keeps it close.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-24
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
This is going to be a close game. Both teams are good, whether you want to admit it or not. Both teams are coming off near-wins that pretty much kept the status quo in the NFC West the way it was.
The reason I'm giving the Rams a slight advantage (well, besides the fact that I'm a homer) is that the Seahawks are dealing with plenty of injuries, and I think the Rams are slightly more balanced of a team because of it. The key to the Rams stopping the Seahawks is stopping Russell Wilson, and the Rams managed to hold Wilson under 200 yards the last time they met. That, and the fact that I don't think they'll have another five turnover game.
McVay's team hasn't had back-to-back losses all season and this coaching staff has shown a refreshing willingness to focus on issues that plagued them during their four losses. I think the team can refocus, enter the thunderdome, and pull out a division clinching win.
Otherwise, it's going to be very uncomfortable wearing my Todd Gurley jersey in the middle of the Clink.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-27
Sosa Kremenjas (@SosaKre)
The Rams defense does enough to limit the Seahawks to only 17 points. Russell Wilson the magician works some incredible plays like always, though the hot Rams offense takes advantage of an ailing Seahawks defense to the tune of 24 points. Rams win, and take a stranglehold on the division lead.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-17
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
The Rams will be eager to prove they are the class of the NFC West - especially in this de facto division championship game. Also, Sean McVay's Rams haven't lost consecutive games. That will continue.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-27
Prediction: Rams win, 19-10
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
My head says the Seahawks take care of business at home, despite a long list of injuries. My heart says the Rams go into the Clink and punch them in the mouth because Sean McVay has the boys fired up.
Run the ball. Chew up the clock. Score the points. Win the game.
Prediction: Rams win 26-20
As for that playoff berth, here’s what needs to occur for the Rams to get in:
LA Rams clinch with:
LAR win + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie + NO loss + ATL loss
The Packers are AT Carolina on Sunday at 1pm ET
The Saints host the Jets on Sunday at 1pm ET
The Falcons are at Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football (8:30pm ET)
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