Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
Date and Time: Sunday, September 18, 2016, 4:05 p.m. ET
Location: Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
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Seahawks vs. Rams TV Coverage: FOX
After watching the Rams play on Monday night, we were left wondering why Jared Goff couldn’t play for this team. Hell, he wasn’t even the backup in the opener. But after an absolutely horrendous performance by the offense, and Case Keenum in particular, it makes us wonder when the switch will be made. Hand it to Jeff Fisher for being loyal. He stuck with Keenum the entire night, even though he managed little in the way of sustained drives. When most coaches would have pulled the plug and made a change, Fisher didn’t.
With Dak Prescott starting in Dallas and Carson Wentz taking over in Philly, the Rams are looking even more foolish for sitting on their prized No. 1 overall pick from April’s draft. Quarterback play has been an issue for the Rams ever since Kurt Warner left and maybe Goff isn’t ready. But at some point you have to take the training wheels off and let the kid play. After all, the Rams didn’t trade a truck load of picks to have Goff sit in the press box on game days.
Seattle has been a jewel in the NFC the past several years and is once again expected to compete for a shot at representing the conference in the Super Bowl. But the Seahawks have inexplicably struggled against the Rams recently. Since 2012 when the Seahawks began their streak of double-digit win seasons and playoff appearances, they’ve gone just 4-4 SU and 2-6 ATS versus the Rams, who last season became the first NFC West team to sweep the Seahawks since 2011.
Matchup To Watch
The Rams were done in by a running quarterback on Monday night. And, surprisingly, it wasn’t Colin Kaepernick doing the scampering. Blaine Gabbert, the refugee from Jacksonville, set the tone early against the Rams aggressive front by scrambling for yards and gaining first downs with his feet. It’s not quite what one would expect from Gabbert, but the strategy, if it indeed was a strategic move, paid off.
Many so-called experts say the Rams have a top defensive line with energetic tackle Aaron Donald likely the best of the bunch. The group’s eagerness to get after the quarterback was costly, however, as Gabbert was able to escape from the clutches, extend plays, and nearly outrush Todd Gurley on eight fewer carries.
A healthy Russell Wilson would look for ways to exploit the Rams defense similar to what Gabbert did. But Wilson was clearly hindered by an ankle injury last week when 300-plus pound Ndamukong Suh stepped on his foot. Wilson limped around and threw an incomplete pass on the same possession while standing flat-footed. He didn’t miss any time and he says he’s ready to go this Sunday. But ankle injuries are tricky, and if Wilson doesn’t pose a threat with his escapability, the Rams will tee off on him. Should the injury linger, Trevone Boykin would be a threat to counter the Rams rush with his fresh and healthy legs.
Seahawks vs. Rams Free Picks
Oddsmakers are paying close attention to news from Rams camp about their quarterback situation and the line has yet to hit the board. Given Keenum’s performance on Monday night, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a change. The Rams were not very good offensively last year, only slightly better than the Niners in points per game, but they hit a new low with a shutout loss on Monday. In the league today it’s nearly impossible to not score, but the Rams did it.
It’s hard to imagine the Rams being as inept again but the Seahawks have a much stronger defense than San Francisco. Keenum looked scared against the 49ers, so imagine how he’ll be against Seattle’s vaunted group. He was the starter when the Rams went to Seattle and won 23-17 last season, but Keenum wasn’t anything special. Playing their first game in the Coliseum since 1979, there are sure to be emotions and the Rams need to perform better. They will keep the game close and get a cover win.
Seahawks vs. Rams Week 2 ATS Pick: Rams
Seahawks vs. Rams Score Prediction: Seahawks 26, Rams 23