Thursday Night Football, Week 5. Tonight the Los Angeles Rams visit the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Washington.
The 2-2 Seahawks come into this game fresh from a 28 - 21 victory over their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. The win over the 49ers pulled the Seahawks out of a two game losing streak and kept them out of sole possession of last place in the tough NFC West. The Seahawks are led as always by future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson has been great, as usual, but the Seahawks defense has been surprisingly bad. The Seahawks rank dead last in the league in rushing yards allowed, total yards allowed and first downs allowed. If the Seahawks can’t improve on defense it is doubtful even the sublime Mr. Wilson will be able to get them too far in a hyper-competitive NFC West.
The 3-1 Rams come into this game off a brutal 37 - 20 beatdown loss at the hands of their division rival, the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams are led by star quarterback Matthew Stafford, enjoying a career year thus far in his new Los Angeles home. Prior to the loss to the Cardinals many people were talking about the Rams as the best team in the NFL. However, like the Seahawks, the Rams have much room for improvement on the defensive side of the ball. The Rams rank 25th in the NFL in passing yards allowed, 27th in total yards allowed, and 28th in first downs allowed. Like the Seahawks, they will need to tighten things up on defense if they hope to make a deep post-season run.
It’s the Seahawks and the Rams in an early season game with major divisional and playoff ramifications on Thursday Night Football. This has the look of one of the better Thursday night offerings of the year. Enjoy the game everybody.