After a brutal week 4 loss, the Los Angeles Rams don’t have that much time to be surly about the state of the team because it’s game night! That’s right, Thursday Night Football, which usually features a terrible matchup, is actually pretty great week 5 matchup this week.
So, about the Seattle Seahawks... it’s clear that they arguably the biggest rival to the LA Rams these days and they’ve started off hot.
Let’s look at five Seahawks to keep an eye on tonight:
QB Russell Wilson
It’s difficult to put in words how much of an impact Wilson has had on the NFL. You could argue that guys like QB Baker Mayfield, QB Kyler Murray, and even QB Johnny Maziel were drafted higher they would have because of Wilson. Though he’s undersized, Wilson keeps defenses on their toes with his athleticism and his arm. Wilson is playing lights out so far, with a 72.9 completion percentage and 1,141 passing yards through four games. Long story short: if the Rams’ defense can contain Wilson, they’ll win the game.
LB Bobby Wagner
For a guy with no sacks, forced fumbles, or interceptions, it’s impressive that Wagner is still having a great start to the season with 45 tackles. Wagner is a disruptive player and a tackle machine. If the Rams want to get their run game rolling, Wagner is going to be a pretty formidable obstacle.
DE Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney’s pick-six last week against the Arizona Cardinals was pretty clutch, proving that the Seahawks’ defense has more juice than it did last year. But still, if you take away his touchdown, CLowney’s numbers are rather pedestrian — his six tackles pale in comparison to Wagner, but it’s a different position and he’s acclimating to a new team. It’ll be interesting to see how the Rams’ offensive line deals with Clowney.
TE Will Dissly
I’m sorry, who is this guy? Well, he’s a touchdown monster, so learn his name. Dissly is a fourth-round pick from 2018 (a former Washington University teammate of S Taylor Rapp). He has four touchdowns this season and since the Rams usually struggle with big tight ends, the 6’4” Dissly should be given some ample attention. Having missed most of his rookie season with a knee injury, Dissly is ready to prove that he was as steal in last year’s draft. The Rams will be without starting ILB Bryce Hager, so if it’s LB Troy Reeder or whoever... they should be giving some extra attention to this guy.
RB Chris Carson
Is Carson the man at running back for the Seahawks? Well, if he stops fumbling the ball, he will be. Having coughed up the ball twice, both times resulting in a turnover, Carson is looking to nail down his ball security. Last week’s game was without a turnover, as he rushed for 104 yards off of 22 attempts — that’s a strong performance from a guy that’s looking to solidify himself as a big-time RB1. The Rams need to focus in on Carson and with some hard tackles from guys like DE Michael Brockers and DE Aaron Donald, a fumble wouldn’t be the craziest outcome to conjure up.
The 3-1 Seattle Seahawks made some smart acquisitions this offseason. They aren’t a team that’s willing to roll over and let the LA Rams (or the San Francisco 49ers) take the NFC West without a fight. These five guys are just a taste of what the Rams are going to face tonight.
Buckle up, Ramily. We’re in for a brawl.