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Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks: Five Rams to watch

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The Rams look to establish their dominance in Week 5. These players will be crucial if that is to happen.

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The Los Angeles Rams will travel to Washington to face the Seattle Seahawks in week 5. While it’s still early in the season, this game provides an opportunity for the Rams to not only bury a division foe, but to also put a stranglehold on the division.

Here’s who I will be looking to make a big impact in what is sure to be a great game.

Mark Barron

Barron’s official injury designator is questionable with an ankle injury heading into the weekend, but he has battled a multitude of issues as he fights to get back onto the field. It looks like Barron could make his debut against the Seahawks, but how much he’s on the field and how effective he will be remains to be seen.

Todd Gurley

For all the hubbub surrounding the collapse of the Seahawks defense and the “Legion of Boom”, they are still pretty damn good defending the pass. They have the 6th best pass defense in the NFL, but the run defense is another story.

The Seahawks are allowing 122.5 yards per game on the ground. Look for Rams head coach Sean McVay to exploit that and use Gurley as a focal point on offense.

Cairo Santos

It was no surprise when the Rams moved on from K Sam Ficken after lackluster performances. Personally I thought thought the Rams would sign a veteran kicker, but special teams coordinator John Fassel had other (better) ideas. Santos has a career 84% completion percentage and I’m sure coach Bones can work some magic with him.

If Santos can consistently convert field goals, it’s a win-win for both sides. Santos gets to re-establish himself as a legit NFL kicker and the Rams aren’t forced to rush All-Pro kicker Greg Zuerlein back from his groin injury. If Santos isn’t consistent, we’re back to this conversation next week.....

Sam Shields

Shields is a feel good story. He overcame his concussion problems and returned to the NFL as a depth signing for the Rams this offseason. Everyone loves a feel good story, but it was clear that Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins was picking on Shields in week 4.

The Seahawks WR group isn’t as talented as the Vikings, but Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, and Brandon Marshall aren’t scrubs by any stretch of the imagination either. It will be interesting to see how Shields responds against the Seahawks.

Ndamukong Suh

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson better keep his head on a swivel.....