Are the Los Angeles Rams for real?


We'll have to see if that play has significance in the greater scope of the game, but for now, it's an unfortunate bad break that the National Football League really ought to address.

But fans won't come out in droves until the Rams prove they can be legitimate contenders - and that can happen as early as this weekend. However, last Sunday, Seattle managed to run the scoreboard up on the Colts 46-18. So far this season: He has thrown seven touchdown passes, been picked off once and is completing two-thirds of his pass attempts.

The Seattle Seahawks running back practiced all last week and had fully recovered from the high ankle sprain he suffered in the preseason. Russell Wilson's mobility will also be key, as it was last week against the Colts.

He's rapid improvement under new wunderkind coach Sean McVay is because he's getting the ball out quickly, avoiding mistakes and sacks.

Russell Wilson has been running for his life from opposing defenses since last season.

Todd Gurley II won the head to head match up with Ezekiel Elliott and is right there with Kareem Hunt as the NFL's top back this season. Los Angeles have scored 142 points in the first four games which is incredible from a team that was struggling so much a year ago.

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Showcase the playground: In the likely event Donald and the Rams burst through Seattle's line, Wilson will have to escape, elude and make his improvisational plays to bail out the offense. They also haven't posted a winning record in 14 years and were 3-1 just a year ago before winning just one more game the rest of the season and leaving everyone wondering just what it was they saw in quarterback Jared Goff. Kickoff for the contest begins at 1:05 p.m. PT in Los Angeles.

But it's different this time, they swear! He had trouble breathing while finishing the game, and the problem worsened after the game to the point that Odhiambo needed medical attention from paramedics, who took him out of the locker room on a stretcher. It will be fascinating to see how Goff responds if Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard comes after him with more blitzes to try and rattle the young QB and force him to get rid of the ball prematurely.

This is the kind of game that can flip the script on a season for either team. For the Seahawks, it has been their inability to stop the run consistently as they now rank 27th at 134 rushing yards per game allowed. The team previously ruled out starting defensive end Cliff Avril because of a neck injury that Carroll said could be a long-term issue. It has worsened now with a member of the Seahawks' defensive line out injured.

On defense, the Rams have had trouble stopping opposing offenses the past two weeks against San Francisco and Dallas.

Change is finally coming to the Seattle Seahawks offense. Lacy looked pretty good on limited carries last week, Rawls is at 100% and McKissic looks like he has some big play potential.