INGLEWOOD– The Rams’ very first game versus the Seattle Seahawks this period produced among their ideal minutes of the year, a solid bounce-back win that offered them life in the NFC West race.
Obtaining the same cause the exact same desperate conditions when the groups play again Sunday in Seattle will not be easy, in component because these aren’t the exact same Seahawks.
In November, running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde were both hurt and also missing out on from the Seahawks’ crime. What the Rams’ defense performed in a 23-16 victory, sacking Russell Wilson 6 times and also closing down DK Metcalf, went over anyhow. However they recognize it will certainly take more to duplicate that efficiency currently.
Carson and Hyde are healthy after foot and hamstring injuries, while 3rd running back Rashaad Dime is back from a knee injury, and also the Seahawks have actually won 4 out of five games after shedding three out of 4.
“You would certainly be stunned what five weeks can do for a team from a workers point ofview,” Rams protective planner Brandon Staley claimed today.
“As a result of the run game, I think that they’re a much extra full crime than when we initially faced them and they’re definitely striking their stride.”
The Seahawks’ violation begins with Wilson, who gets on his method to occupation highs in passing yards as well as touchdowns tossing to Metcalf as well as Tyler Lockett.
The Rams held Wilson to his worst game of the period in Week 10 at SoFi Stadium. Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey restricted Metcalf to two catches for 28 lawns on a season-low 4 targets. Seahawks running backs took care of 51 backyards in the group’s 3rd video game without Carson as well as Hyde.
That win adhering to a careless loss at Miami lifted the Rams right into a first-place tie with Seattle and Arizona, which baited a tiebreaker.
Currently, as the Rams attempt to right the ship after shedding to the Jets, Carson as well as Co. make their task harder.
“We’ve constantly prided ourselves on being a well balanced assault, as well as there was a section of the routine in there when we shed 3 running backs at the exact same time,” Seahawks train Pete Carroll stated this week. “We really did not have the exact same rhythm.”
With the running video game undamaged once again, Carroll stated, “This is like we have actually been all year.”
In Carson’s 4 seasons in Seattle, including 2,381 backyards and also 16 goals on the ground in 2018-19, the Seahawks are 30-14 when he’s playing and 11-10 when he isn’t.
Carson is competing 5.0 lawns per carry, which would be a profession high over a full season and places 8th in the NFL this year.
The Rams are 3-5 this year when challengers balance for 4.5 or more per lug.
That’s a statistical standard to see Sunday in a video game that forms up as a showdown in between the Rams’ protection (No. 1 in backyards permitted per video game as well as per play, No. 1 against the pass, No. 2 versus the run) and also the Seahawks’ infraction (No. 6 in backyards per play, No. 5 in passer rating, No. 4 in lawns per run).
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“It provides another dynamic. That’s going to be something we needed to be really ready to defend,” Ramsey claimed before method Thursday.
The Rams (9-5) can secure a playoff area Sunday with a win or connect versus Seattle (10-4), a Chicago loss or tie at Jacksonville or an Arizona win or connect against San Francisco. They can return into starting point in the NFC West by defeating Seattle, offering themselves a chance to complete the division title by beating Arizona or seeing Seattle shed at San Francisco in the season’s final week.
Carson’s and also Hyde’s return will certainly make that more challenging.
Rams instructor Sean McVay calls Carson, 26, a seventh-round draft pick from Oklahoma State, “among the extra underrated gamers in this organization.” McVay has actually seen Carson at his best, hurrying for 116 and also 118 lawns in L.A.’s past 2 video games at Seattle.
“Getting those joggers back as well as just how they have actually run the football,” McVay said, “has certainly made them much more of a challenge than they already were as an excellent infraction.”
The Rams practiced at SoFi Arena in Inglewood on Thursday afternoon, the 3rd time they’ve done that during the season, since strong wind was anticipated at their facility in Thousand Oaks. The team will certainly exercise on Christmas day, yet will begin job later than usual to allow gamers as well as coaches to invest the morning with their family members. … … Right take on Rob Havenstein exercised as well as is “ready to roll” for Sunday after being limited Wednesday by a neck injury endured in the loss to the Jets. … … Protective deal with Aaron Donald is the 3rd Rams player to make Pro Dish choices in his first seven periods, joining defensive tackle Merlin Olsen (that did it in his initial 14) and also linebacker Les Richter (eight), the Rams said, pricing estimate the sports information company Sportradar.