When the St. Louis Rams come into Seattle in Week 17, they will be looking to play spoiler to their division rival. The Rams are eliminated from postseason contention despite having one of the elite defenses in the NFL.
However, the Seahawks have clinched a playoff spot and the only thing standing between them and the #1 seed and home field advantage in the NFC, is a win over the Rams. The two teams met in St. Louis earlier in the season on Monday Night Football where the Seahawks escaped with an ugly 14-9 win. Even though the Seahawks beat the Rams, it was arguably the team’s worst game in the Russell Wilson era.
The Rams would love nothing more to put a major bump in the road in Seahawks quest to the Super Bowl and finish the season with an 8-8 record. The Seahawks will be out to take care of business and start a new home winning streak and ensure the road to the Super Bowl comes through Seattle. Something will give in this rivalry game that promises to be a physical battle. Here are three bold predictions for the Seahawks vs. Rams.
The 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year will be playing in this game.
The NFC West is the best division in the NFL and coincidently all four teams has among the best defenses in football. The individuals who have emerged as the best of the best are defensive end Robert Quinn of the Rams, cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas of the Seahawks. One of these players deserves the DPOY and now matter which of these three were to win it; it would be hard to argue against their selection. Perhaps the player with the biggest game this week will separate themselves in the race.
The Seahawks will fix their recent offensive struggles.
Over the last three weeks the Seahawks offense has struggled. Their running game has slowed down and Russell Wilson has been a little out of rhythm. The wide receivers have had issues getting the separation needed to get open and the offensive line has been struggled with consistency. After losing last week to Arizona due to the issues offensively, the Seahawks will refocus and get their offense back on the right track. Wilson will throw for 275 yards and two touchdowns and Marshawn Lynch will rush for 100 yards and two touchdowns of his own against a great Rams defense.
Seahawks win and clinch the NFC West and the NFC’s #1 seed.
Even if the Seahawks lose, they can still clinch if the Cardinals beat the 49ers in Arizona. The Seahawks will win so they will not have to rely on that game. The Rams will play hard and give the Seahawks a tough game. Seattle will exploit the St. Louis secondary which is the weaker link of their defense and be able to run with some success. The pass rush will give Wilson trouble all day but he will be able to make enough plays to win the game. The difference will be the Rams offense led by Kellen Clemens going against the Seahawks defense and the 12th Man. Clemens will not get comfortable and be unable to find a rhythm all game. The game will stay relatively close but the Seahawks will pull away big late in the game for a 31-13 win.