NFL Week 15 Thursday Night Preview: Seahawks vs. Rams
I’m not ready for this. Just four days after the Seahawks formally embarrass themselves in Green Bay, turning the ball over six times in a 38-10 curb stomping, the Rams. It helps that the Rams travel to Seattle for this matchup. A little. It also helps that Jared Goff is terrible thus far, and that the Rams have a poor offensive line and nothing is quite working for them offensively. What doesn’t help is that these are still the Rams, and they love to make things difficult for the Seahawks. What also doesn’t help is that Jeff Fisher no longer coaches these Rams. As a fan of an NFC West team, the firing of Jeff Fisher leaves me inconsolable. Special teams coordinator John Fassel will be the interim head coach, and while I know next to nothing about him, I do know he won’t be as messy as Jeff Fisher, and that makes me sad. *moment of silence*
Anyway, this is a team that’s been difficult to beat (0-3 going back to last season), and this just turned into a game that we need to win. If the Rams head into Seattle with the typical boost that teams usually get after firing their head coach, this could be a nightmare. Hell, even if they don’t, this could still be a nightmare. With that said, this is where I will be looking for Seattle to execute:
THE OFFENSIVE LINE: I don’t quite know how to wrap my head around this, but despite the offensive line play not being good at all this season, it wasn’t why the team lost in Green Bay. The turnovers and short fields for the defense to fight with were what did them in. The OL certainly wasn’t anything to write home about, though, and the play will need to be even better if they want to avoid getting their teeth kicked in by an insidious defensive line in the Rams (who may end up playing actual disciplined football with Jeff Fisher gone). The run game has been this team’s best friend, and if Thomas Rawls can get going, it makes this offense likely to score more than six points.
PASS RUSH: The pass rush desperately must improve if this team doesn’t want to end up getting embarrassed by a poor rookie quarterback struggling with a porous offensive line and an anemic run game. This needs to be a feel-good game for Michael Bennett, who’s been quiet since returning from his knee injury.
QUARTERBACKING: Russell Wilson was pretty dreadful in Green Bay, missing on big throws early and getting picked off for the rest of the game. I’m not too worried about him, though. He is effective when it comes to making adjustments. What I am concerned about is the eight interceptions he’s thrown over the last three games, compared to just two touchdowns. Of course those numbers don’t tell the entire story. But the story they do tell isn’t a good one. Stop throwing to Jermaine Kearse all the damn time.
I don’t have much to say about this Rams team. They’re not good. But they’ve had our number. It will help a bit if Robert Quinn doesn’t play. Let’s see what John Fassel does with this team. I guess.