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Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks: Sunday Night’s 5 Rams players to watch

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The Rams are going to need top performances from their elite players down the stretch.

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At 7-5, the Los Angeles Rams are in the thick of the playoff hunt. The team will need some outside help to get into the postseason, but they can improve their chances by getting business done themselves.

The Rams took a big step forward last week — albeit against the lowly Arizona Cardinals — racking up almost 550 total offensive yards.

This week, though, the opposition presents a much stiffer competition: the Seattle Seahawks. The Russell Wilson-led squad now sits atop the divisional standings.

It will be an entire team effort to defeat Seattle, but these five Rams will be vital if the rams are to come out victorious:

Rams Players to Watch

DT Aaron Donald

Russell Wilson is playing at an MVP-like level. This will necessitate the Rams’ MVP to play at an elite level as well.

Donald has accrued 9.5 sacks this season. It is a good output from the sixth-year player out of Pitt. The numbers are somewhat down compared to previous years, but the two-time Defensive Player of the Year’s impact goes beyond pure numbers. The double/triple teams Aaron eats up allow other players to roam freely.

OT Bobby Evans/Rob Havenstein

Big Rob was back in the fold, participating in practice on a limited basis. In case that Hav’ cannot go, rookie Bobby Evans will get the call.

The offensive line has been a bright spot for the last couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see if Rob returns and continues his (poor) performance. If Havenstein does struggles initially, I wonder how long of a leash the coaching staff will give him before calling in the rookie.

QB Jared Goff

Jared finally looked like his 2018 self in 2019. He tossed more than 420 yards and two touchdowns — his first game without a turnover since the London game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.

RB Todd Gurley

Production is what we like to see from Todd. It does not matter how it looks like; it can be 50 rushing yards and two scores, or 150 total yards. What matters is the offense’s most dynamic player getting opportunities and taking advantage of those chances.

CB Jalen Ramsey

We have to list Ramsey here with an opposing QB like Wilson. It is an opportunity for Jalen to prove his mettle and negate/limit another elite player. Placing him on either Tyler Lockett (or rookie Dk Metcalf) shuts down the majority of the Seahawk’s receiving production. That is where Jalen’s worth to the team will be highlighted.