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Daily Dose: An Early NFC Playoff Picture

Each weekday, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Wednesday, November 8th about your Los Angeles Rams.

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WEEK 10 PREDICTION

The Bleacher Report’s NFL Staff picks for Week 10 are in, and they are expecting another close one between the Rams and Seahawks in Los Angeles.

"The Seahawks hung with the Rams when the two met last month, falling 33-31 at home," Gagnon said. "They also beat a still-emerging Rams team in L.A. last October. They've suffered some blows, but they're still extremely well-coached and still have Russell Wilson under center. Even if they don't pull off the upset on the road, I don't think they're getting beat by a double-digit margin in a pivotal game like this."

The Rams might be a little more desperate than they were before cutting it close against Green Bay and losing in New Orleans, but there's little doubt the 4-4 Seahawks need this more. They were rolling before they slipped up at home against the Chargers last week, but they haven't lost a road game by more than one score since 2016.

Score Prediction: Los Angeles 27, Seattle 24

For all Week 10 predictions, click here.

SIT ‘EM

In his weekly ‘Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em’ feature, NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano suggests fantasy football GMs sit the Seattle Seahawks defense against the 8-1 Rams in Week 10. Fabiano also advises against starting Seahawks tight end Nick Vannett as he plays L.A., as the Rams have only allowed two touchdowns to tight ends all season.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams

Listed as a sit 'em last week, Seattle's defense scored just three fantasy points in a loss to the Chargers. This unit has another tough matchup ahead, as a road game against the Rams awaits. Los Angeles has averaged a mere 0.8 turnovers per game, and defenses are averaging just 1.25 fantasy points against them at home in 2018.

The Rams defense struggled to stop the run in the teams’ previous meeting. L.A. allowed a season-high 190 yards rushing in the game.

To view the full ‘Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em’ for Week 10, click here.

Defensive tackle (99) Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams sacks (3) Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks during the Rams 33-31 victory over the Seahawks in an NFL Week 5 football game at CenturyLink Field, Sunday, October 7, 2018, in Seattle, WA. (Jeff Lewis/Rams)

PLAYOFF PICTURE

Pro Football Focus’ Michael David Smith painted an NFC playoff picture on Thursday that features the Rams at the top — despite Sunday’s loss to the Saints.

Here’s what Smith had to say:

Although the Saints now own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Rams, L.A. is on top because it has played and won one more game than New Orleans has. So the Rams are the favorites to earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, just not the overwhelming favorites they would have been if they had beaten the Saints.

LEADERS

1. L.A. Rams (8-1): A loss in New Orleans doesn’t change the fact that the Rams are the class of the conference.

2. New Orleans (7-1): The good news for the Saints is they just have to keep winning.

3. Chicago (5-3): Owns the tiebreaker with Washington based on better record in NFC games.

4. Washington (5-3): The leader in a weak NFC East.

5. Carolina (6-2): Has the wild card lead heading into Week 10.

6. Minnesota (5-3-1): Half a game behind The Bears in the NFC North.

For Smith’s full NFC Playoff Picture, click here.

Quarterback (16) Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams faces off against the Seattle Seahawks during the Rams 33-31 victory over the Seahawks in an NFL Week 5 football game at CenturyLink Field, Sunday, October 7, 2018, in Seattle, WA. (Will Navarro/Rams)

RAMS ON ELLEN

Quarterback Jared Goff and center Andrew Whitworth made an appearance on The Ellen Show on Wednesday. Goff and Whitworth competed in a passing competition on Ellen’s set, talked about Sunday’s Salute to Service game, and the entire audience came away with tickets to the upcoming game against the Seahawks.

To view the full video, click here.

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