With a victory, the Seahawks would be riding high on a three-game winning streak entering another winnable game against the Carolina Panthers next week. A tough stretch that includes a home game with the New England Patriots and road matchups with the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions is on the horizon after that.
Seattle is trying to mimic how the 49ers are finding success. On the backs of a strong running attack, great defense and efficient quarterback play, the Seahawks could be a factor in the NFC playoff picture for the foreseeable future.
The Rams, on the other hand, are a young bunch still trying to find out just where they belong in this league. But the talent is there and head coach Jeff Fisher is the man to lead the charge.
Sam Bradford, Danny Amendola, Steven Jackson, James Laurinaitis, Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Cortland Finnegan make up a solid corps of players. But the rest of the NFC West is ahead of the game at this point and the Rams have a lot of catching up to do.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday’s matchup:
Seahawks Tally Eight Sacks in Back-to-Back Games
Before Monday’s controversial 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers, the Seahawks defense had only tallied two sacks on the season. But with eight sacks of Aaron Rodgers in the first half, Seattle now ranks fifth in the league with 10.
While it helps playing in a division that doesn’t feature outstanding offenses, the Seahawks are trying to form an identity and defense is the main focus.
The Rams rank 28th in the NFL in total offense and have given up 12 sacks to opposing defenses, something that Seattle will be aware of heading into the game.
This game shouldn’t get out of hand, but the Seahawks should be playing with a lead for much of the afternoon. This will create more chances for the defense to put Bradford on his back.
Sam Bradford Finishes with Career-Worst Passer Rating
Bradford is coming off the worst rated game of his career (39.2 passer rating) in a 23-6 loss to the Chicago Bears this past week. Though last week’s game was on the road and Bradford played well in a 31-28 win over the Washington Redskins at home in Week 2, things won’t get any easier with Seattle coming to town this week.
While the Seahawks haven’t forced many turnovers this season, their defense is relentless and should be able to bother Bradford for most of the game.
With a hobbled backfield and without many reliable weapons to throw to, Bradford will be forced into tough spots by Seattle.
This will result in a low completion rate, the potential for more mistakes and the inability to get the ball down the field—all major components of a quarterback’s efficiency rating.