The Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams meet in a marquee matchup in the late afternoon window on Sunday. If the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys showed some form of life this season, then the Eagles and Cowboys would have trumped the Seahawks and Rams. Instead, the Eagles and Cowboys are in the embarrassing NFC East, which has been an eyesore this season.
If you can believe it, the 5-9 Cowboys are still alive in the playoff hunt. They have to hope Washington loses out, and they win out to win the division. The Eagles at 4-9-1 also have a small chance of getting into the playoffs as well. The best they can do is 6-9-1, which clearly, doesn’t deserve a playoff berth.
The Seahawks have already clinched a wildcard, and can win the NFC West with a win over the LA Rams on Sunday. They enter the afternoon with a record of 10-4 for first in the division. Seattle are a week removed from a 20-15 win over Washington on the road. The Washington defense can be tough, and the Seahawks certainly found that out last week.
A game earlier, the Seahawks torched the New York Jets by a score of 40-3. Their first meeting against the Rams this season didn’t go so smoothly. The Rams won a 23-16 contest on November 15, as Russell Wilson was neutralized by an active defense.
The Rams can jump into a tie at 10-5 with a win against the Seahawks on Sunday. With a sweep of the Seahawks, they would have the tiebreaker over the Seahawks. If the Rams can win on Sunday, they are in a very good position to win the NFC West. The Rams have yet to clinch a wildcard berth, so it could be the division, wildcard, or nothing for this team. Losing to the Jets last week did nothing to help their cause.
If I’m a contender, I want the Rams nowhere near the postseason, though. Scheming for Aaron Donald and the Rams’ defense isn’t the most fun prep work for a playoff game. Jared Goff gets hot at the right time, and then the Rams are in business against any team in the NFL. Clinching a playoff berth is the first step, though. Head below for our free Seahawks vs. Rams props for December 27, 2020.
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Jared Goff Passing Yards
The Rams beat the Seahawks in their first meeting in 2020 because of Jared Goff’s arm. Goff and the Rams aren’t the only team to cut through the Seahawks’ secondary with ease. A lot of quarterbacks this season have had an easy time slicing through their defense. That’s what worries me the most regarding the Seahawks. Defense might not be as important as it was over a decade ago, the NFL has become an offensive driven league, though some form of defense is necessary to do well in the playoffs.
The Seahawks are dead last in the league against the pass. They’ve conceded 293 passing yards per game going into Sunday. In their first clash with the Seahawks, Goff passed for 302 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Even though Goff didn’t find the end zone, his performance helped give the Rams a 22-16 win. Goff has thrown for 3,718 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His 3,718 yards is good for 12th in the league. Following a poor outing against the Jets, expect Goff to come back with a much better start in this one. I suspect that was a big lookahead spot for the Rams.
Tyler Higbee Receptions
Tyler Higbee can be referred to as the glue of the Rams’ offense. He might not be the biggest impact maker for the Rams, but a big presence like Higbee at tight end is an important facet of the Rams’ game plan. The 6’6” 250-pound Higbee has caught 38 receptions for 446 yards and 5 touchdowns going into Sunday afternoon. He is going to fall short of his career-high of 734 yards from last year, but Higbee is still a vital piece for the Rams.
Higbee played well in defeat last week against the Jets. He had a season-high 67 yards in the upset loss. He has been receiving plenty of targets recently, and has caught at least 4 receptions in three of his last five outings. In the last three, Higbee has seen a total of 13 targets from Goff. Against a weak secondary like the Seahawks, the Rams will most likely take to the air often on Sunday. At plus money, there appears to be some value on Higbee collecting at least 4 receptions on Sunday against the Seahawks.
Russell Wilson Rushing Yards
The Rams did a good job limiting Russell Wilson through the air earlier in the season. He passed for 248 yards with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. It was a masterful performance by the Rams’ secondary. That is the only game he’s thrown for more interceptions than touchdowns in a start. Overall, Russ has thrown for 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on 70.2% completions.
He’s also rushed for 475 yards and a touchdown on the ground with his legs. Earlier in the season, Wilson was considered a favorite to win the MVP award. However, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes have since surpassed him in that discussion. While his effort through the air was not strong, Wilson did a good job on his legs.
He ran for 60 yards on 8 attempts for 7.5 yards per carry. Against an aggressive defense like the Rams, it makes sense that Russ took off on the ground. The presence of Aaron Donald and their pass rush can cause a quarterback to get on the move. Fortunately, this quarterback is good at moving on the ground. Wilson ran for 52 yards on 6 attempts for 8.7 yards per carry last week against Washington, another aggressive defense. This total on the Russell Wilson rushing total looks too low.