First Look: L.A.’s Second Shot at the Seahawks

The Los Angeles Rams are undefeated no more and will look to bounce back into the win column on Sunday against the Seahawks. The Rams will have the opportunity to sweep the NFC West’s second-place team at the L.A. Coliseum — just over a month after winning the Week 5 contest in Seattle.

Here’s an early look at the Seattle Seahawks (4-4):

OFFENSE

  • Points Per Game: 17th (23.5)
  • Yards Per Game: 7th (339.9)
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 3rd (137.1)

Key Contributors

  • RB Chris Carson: 111 Att, 497 Yds, 2 TDs
  • WR Tyler Lockett: 28 Rec, 416 Yds, 6 TDs
  • WR David Moore: 13 Rec, 237 Yds, 4 TDs

The Seahawks offer the league’s third-best run game behind a three-headed rushing attack from running backs Chris Carson — who exited last week’s game with a hip injury — Mike Davis, and Rashaad Penny. Despite rushing for more than 150 yards in every game since Week 4, the Seahawks have scored just five touchdowns on the ground. Seattle has put points on the board this season largely thanks to quarterback Russell Wilson’s 18 touchdown passes to a total of seven different receivers.

DEFENSE

  • Points Allowed Per Game: T5th (19.5)
  • Yards Allowed Per Game: 7th (333.3)
  • Passing Yards Allowed Per Game: 6th (218.5)

Key Contributors

  • DE Frank Clark: 7.5 Sk, 22 Tkl, 3 FF, 10 QBHits
  • LB Bobby Wagner: 51 Tkl, 9 PD, 2 TFL, 2 QBHits
  • SS Bradley McDougald: 2 Int, 2 FF, 6 PD, 42 Tkl, 2 TFL

The Seahawks allow just 19.5 points per game in 2018, and have been best against the pass. Seattle has allowed fewer than 200 yards passing in four games this season, with safety Bradley McDougald — who also left Sunday’s contest with a knee injury — and cornerback Shaquill Griffin leading the way in the secondary with two interceptions each. The Seahawks offer the NFL’s third-best turnover ratio, with 16 takeaways to seven giveaways through eight games.

QUARTERBACK

  • QB Russell Wilson: 8 G, 1,791 Yds, 18 TDs, 66.1 % Cmp, 5 Int

Wilson is in his seventh NFL season, all of them coming under Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Wilson is a four-time Pro Bowler, and was most recently selected to the team in 2017. The versatile veteran has thrown at least two touchdowns in six-of-seven games this season, however, Wilson is yet to find the end zone as a rusher.

PREVIOUS MEETING

The Rams beat the Seahawks 33-31 in the teams’ last meeting, Week 5 in Seattle. The game featured six lead changes, as well as a 300-yard passing performance from quarterback Jared Goff, and three rushing touchdowns by running back Todd Gurley. Wilson had three touchdown passes in the game, two were thrown to second-year receiver David Moore. Seattle’s rushing duo of Carson and Davis combined for 184 yards on the ground.

LAST WEEK

  • L 25-17 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Seahawks lost to the Chargers 25-17 at home in Week 9. After entering the fourth quarter down 15, Wilson had the ball with a minute remaining in the game and the chance to tie with a score and successful two-point conversion. The Seahawks were unable to pull it out and the AFC West’s second-best team evened the Seahawks’ record at 4-4.

HEAD COACH

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is 83-52-1 (.614) since taking the job as head coach in Seattle in 2010. Carroll coached his Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowls in 2013-14, and recorded at least 10 wins in five-straight seasons form 2012-16. Carroll won Super Bowl XLVIII with Seattle in the 2013 season.

Carroll returns to the L.A. Coliseum for the third time as an NFL head coach. Carroll frequented the Coliseum’s sidelines as the head coach of the USC Trojans from 2001-09.

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