Offseason Opponent Breakdown: The Seattle Seahawks

The 2018 NFL Season is still a few months from its official kickoff date, but the opponents for all 32 clubs have already been set.

Aside from their divisional opponents, the Rams will face teams from the NFC North and AFC West. Plus, Los Angeles will take on the reigning division champions from the NFC East and NFC South.

In anticipation of the official schedule release date in mid-April, theRams.com will be taking an early look at each of club's opponents for next season.

THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 

LOCATION:As members of the NFC West division, the Rams will face the Seahawks both at home and at CenturyLink Field.

HEAD COACH: Pete Carroll enters 2018 in his ninth season as the Seahawks' head coach. Since 2010, Carroll has led Seattle to a 79-48-1 overall record with playoff appearances in six out of his eight seasons. Under his leadership, Seattle has recorded four NFC West titles, two NFC Championships, and one Super Bowl Championship in 2014.

MATCHUP HISTORY:The Rams and Seahawks have a rich series history dating back to 1976. Since then, the clubs have faced off 40 times, but Seattle holds the edge at 23-17-0. Last season, the clubs split the series at one win each. In Week 5, the Seahawks narrowly defeated the Rams with a 16-10 victory at the Coliseum. But L.A. notched its 10th win of the season with a dominant 42-7 win in Seattle.

2017 RECORD: The Seahawks closed out 2017 with a 9-7 record for second place in the division.


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Check out photos of the Rams facing the Seahawks throughout the years.

WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT?**

Seattle began the free agency period with two of the most surprising moves in the NFC — the trade of three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Michael Bennett to the Eagles and the release of four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman. As Carroll and company look to rebuild after 2017, the club also parted ways with tight end Jimmy Graham (Packers), wide receiver Paul Richardson (Washington), and cornerback DeShawn Snead (Lions).

The franchise did add a couple of new additions in tight end Ed Dickson, wide receiver Jaron Brown, and offensive guard D.J. Fluker. The franchise also made sure to resign several key players on both sides including safety Bradley McDougald, running back Mike Davis, and defensive end Marcus Smith.

WHAT ABOUT THE DRAFT?

The loss of Sherman and Bennett could see the Seahawks going defense-heavy in this April's Draft. Currently, Seattle holds the 18th overall pick. But the franchise has used only one first rounder over the past five drafts, so a trade down could be in its future once again.

If Seattle does select at No. 18 many mock drafts believe the club could target an edge rusher like Harold Landry (Boston College) or a cornerback in Josh Jackson (Iowa). But a trade down could still see the Seahawks considering other defensive players like cornerback Isaiah Oliver (Colorado) or safety Justin Reid (Stanford).

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The Rams dominant performance over the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field was arguably one of their most impressive in 2017. And this year, L.A. will be looking to capitalize on a Seattle team that is in the rebuilding stage after losing a few of its primary pieces this offseason. However, the Seahawks have been a tough force in the division for over a decade and as long as they have quarterback Russell Wilson behind center, Seattle should still present a tough challenge for the Rams in 2018.

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