Game Overview ::
By mike johnson >>
- The Rams are still giving it everything they have despite being eliminated from the playoffs weeks ago.
- Seattle needs to win and get some help in order to make the playoffs, while regardless of that outcome, they are surely focused on finishing the season with a winning record.
- After being involved in many “shootouts” this season, Seattle’s defense has tightened up recently and their offense has struggled against some tough defenses.
How los Angeles Will Try To Win ::
The Rams have competed well down the stretch of the season, going 2-2 since acquiring Baker Mayfield with wins over the Raiders and Broncos while losing to the Packers and Chargers. One thing you can notice about that information is that the good performances came against teams that are out of the playoff race while the losses were against teams that are likely to make the playoffs. This week, the Rams face a Seahawks team that is fighting for their playoff lives and who beat them just a few weeks ago in Los Angeles.
The Rams offense has revolved primarily around running back Cam Akers the last few weeks after Akers was nearly cut from the team due to some disagreements earlier this season. Akers has looked like his former explosive self recently as he finally appears to be recovered from his torn Achilles suffered in the summer of 2021. Akers has amassed 380 total yards from scrimmage over the past three weeks while quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown for only 473 yards during that time. Basically, Akers has accounted for around half of the Rams offense and this matchup with a Seahawks run defense that has struggled all season sets up perfectly for the Rams to continue leaning on Akers. The Seahawks secondary has been very good, especially of late, as their scheme discourages deep passing and their young secondary has been playing at a high level. Their pass defense has held four consecutive quarterbacks to 240 passing yards or less and their only real issue was in containing George Kittle three weeks ago, but most of that damage was done after the catch. The Rams are limited in perimeter talent and tight end Tyler Higbee is nowhere near the tackle breaker that Kittle is, making it very likely that once again the Rams offense relies on field position and the running game to be competitive.
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