Seahawks' Thomas Rawls looks to refind groove vs Rams

Jared Goff

They have developed a solid run game and Jared Goff has shown why he was the first overall pick previous year.

A Rams victory would give the Los Angeles a two-game lead in the division in addition to a head-to-head victory over Seattle. Still, to date, Coach Sean McVay has done a marvelous job of keeping opponents off-balance with some well-designed plays.

This is going to be interesting. And it means more of J.D. McKissic as the third-down running back for Prosise, who is missing a game because of injury for the 14th time in 24 games since Seattle drafted him previous year.

Watkins has had one big game so far for the Rams but has otherwise taken a backseat as Jared Goff spreads the ball around. Rawls is no slouch.

Rawls was averaging 5.6 yards per carry and had 870 yards when injuries first started derailing his burgeoning career.

In the running game, Seattle hasn't gotten as much production as it expected when they signed former second-round pick Eddie Lacy. This is important because the Rams' defense, at times, has been quite porous against the run. Ever since coming into the league, quarterback Russell Wilson has done the impossible and lead the team back from seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Stopping Todd Gurley early will be key- watch for the defensive line and Bobby Wagner to key in on him, and force them to rely on Goff beating the secondary.

The Rams have been the victims of this before from Thomas.

McVay is the talk of the National Football League right now, and rightfully so, given the life he has breathed into an offense that was unwatchable a year ago. The Rams have typically played the Seahawks tough. Recently against the Seahawks, the Rams have struggled to score touchdowns, putting up a combined 12 points against Seattle past year - all coming from kicker Greg Zuerlein.

For this trip back to L.A. Carroll brought in one of the greatest National Basketball Association players of all time to speak to his team.

Well, this is weird.

And now? Now there's the distinct possibility that the Rams might actually be good. But on Sunday, the Seahawks will get a chance to see where things truly stand as they face off against the division-leading Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Seahawks had NFL's top offense for past two games, racking up 910 yards vs. Tennessee and Indy.

The wideout now has 14 catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns, with nearly half of those numbers coming from Week 3's contest against the 49ers. Since this game is in Los Angeles, that pattern is less than ideal this weekend. Bevell showed he was willing to try and pound the rock against Indianapolis even when the game was still in doubt last week, if for no other reason than to establish his precious play-action. "The Rams" last home loss to the Seahawks was 14-9 on a Monday night in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on October 28, 2013.

The win last week over Dallas on the road was a huge one in terms of the Rams proving that they belong as a possible playoff contender.

McVay, in his first season, is the architect of the Rams (3-1) wonderful turnaround.

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