The Los Angeles Rams host the Seattle Seahawks fresh off the team’s first loss with a 33-31 victory already under their belt in Seattle.
The perfect season is no longer the narrative for the Los Angeles Rams and now the team has entered what will be an intense and entertaining battle with the New Orleans Saints for home-field advantage in the NFC Playoffs.
Assuming the Rams and Saints remain the top two teams in the NFC, the Rams will have to finish with one more win than the Saints to secure home field. If the two teams finish with the same record, the Saints will get the nod with the head-to-head win.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are coming off a pretty heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in which the potential game-tying score was narrowly missed. That would have been a huge statement win for Seattle and would have given the team a ton of momentum heading into LA.
Here is what we think will happen here at LA Sports Hub this week for the Rams. Oh, and by the way, I was the only one to pick the Saints and Chargers to win last week. Let’s go!
Jamaal Artis (11-1): 30-17, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are coming off their first loss of the season. The streak won’t reach two; the Rams are back home and should beat a struggling Seahawks team.
The main priority for the game is for the defense to show up and slow down the talented Russell Wilson.
Lamarr Fields (10-4): 31-20, Los Angeles Rams
The Rams will rebound nicely after a loss. Todd Gurley will have a huge game and the defense will step up and cause turnovers. Rams win.
Redan Lopez (9-3): 27-24, Los Angeles Rams
This game is going to be a close one. Russell Wilson is back to his usual midseason form. Meanwhile, the Rams will be looking to rebound after coming off a tough shootout loss to the New Orleans Saints on the road. I am looking for this game to be run heavy on both sides – with running back Todd Gurley of the Rams and Chris Carson of the Seahawks (assuming he plays).
Gurley will continue his touchdown streak and get two in this one. The Seahawks will try to prevent the Rams’ offense from coming on the field, but the Rams’ offensive efficiency will prove to be too much for the Seahawks.
Jason Reed (13-2): 37-24, Los Angeles Rams
Last week, I disagreed with the staff and it led to me gaining a two-game lead over the rest of the pack. I might have been the first one to lose this season but I am also the first one to get the clean sweep like nobody else picked a correct game.
This week, though, I have to agree with the talented staff here at LA Sports Hub and give the nod to the Rams.
Seattle played them closely in the first game but also had the benefit of the 12th Man and the narrative of breaking the perfect record. This time around, the Rams defense is going to look to make a statement and the offense will take notes of what they saw the Chargers do.
This will be a fun game early that quickly gets out of hand. While the Rams win by 13 in my prediction, I think the Seahawks score in the last few minutes to make the score look closer than the game really was.