NFL playoff preview: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks

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#Can we get a glimpse of the NFL playoff game between the #Seattle #Seahawks and the #Los #Angeles #Rams, again? #Was the NFC running out of better ideas (#Check standings and playoffs)? #Yes, the NFC DID is running out of better ideas. #Russell #Wilson therefore gets another shot at a #Rams defense who did a great job of sidelining him in their regular season games. #Particularly the first, in which #Wilson threw a pair of interceptions and lost a fumble in a 23-16 loss.
#Meanwhile, #Rams head coach #Sean #McVay will decide whether to rush #Jared #Goff after thumb surgery or hope for another blistering performance from #Rando #John #Wolford. The #Rams quarterback’s intrigue has NFL #Recap leaning toward #Seattle in this NFL playoff preview. The #Seahawks, however, won’t last long in the playoffs if they expect #Wilson to perform as a one-man squad.

#So how is all of this going to play out? #Our preview is below and you can catch this #Wild #Card game on #Saturday, #January 9 at 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX.

#Rams / #Seahawks playoff preview: #Russell #Wilson will need help

The #Seattle #Seahawks season in a nutshell

#Russell #Wilson was cooking early in the year but ran out of mesquite wood pellets for his mid-season smoker. The #Seahawks’ defense started off horribly but climbed to adequacy when safety #Jamal #Adams returned from an early injury and rusher rusher #Carlos #Dunlap arrived via trade.

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The 2020 #Seahawks look a lot like the 2017-19 #Seahawks. They’re too dependent on #Wilson to be the #John #Wick on offense and a bit too much on the fumes disappearance of #Legion of #Boom on defense. #Seattle is good enough to reach the playoffs, but not good enough to do much once there.

The #Los #Angeles #Rams season in a nutshell

#Win, win, lose, win, win, lose, win, lose, win, win, lose, win, win, lose, lose, win.

#It’s #Morse code for “##We are also people with insanely high payrolls who made it to the playoffs by sweeping the NFC #East.”

#Playoff preview: #Los #Angeles #Rams’ greatest strength

#All-Pro #Jalen #Ramsey and rising star #Darious #Williams give the #Rams the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. #As a result, the #Rams’ defense came in #Week 17 number one in the NFL to stop deep passes, per #Football #Outsiders. The #Rams allowed just 723 yards and a 66.2 efficiency rating at the start of #Week 17 on passes over 15 yards from the air by #Sports #Info #Solution, the top two-ranked numbers.

#Playoff preview: #Seattle #Seahawks’ greatest strength

#Wilson remains one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL under pressure. The #Seahawks’ passer’s efficiency rating under pressure entering #Week 17 was 89.7, the third best in the NFL (“under pressure” stats are always much lower than stats when the quarterback. back has time to throw). #As you’ve probably figured out over the past decade or so, there’s no predicament that #Wilson can’t get out of #Batman.

#Seattle #Seahawks’ biggest weakness

The #Seahawks’ passing defense ranked 31st in the NFL to stop middle passes and 27th to stop short passes entering the final week of the season, according to #Football #Outsiders. The #Seahawks are among the most reluctant teams in the NFL to deploy a nickel / dime defense, and #Adams blitz far more often than most safeties.

#As a result, #Seahawks linebackers – especially rookie #Jordyn #Brooks – often struggle with tough covering assignments. #This can be a big deal against #McVay’s offense, which is designed to keep opponents in their basic defense and force unfavorable cover clashes.

#Los #Angeles #Rams’ biggest weakness

#Leaving #Goff’s status aside for now, the #Rams’ special teams have been terrible all season. They went through three kickers (current kicker #Matt #Gay is adequate at best), gave up a punt return touchdown, returned a blocked punt and got little in their return game.

#Conclusion

#For #Jordan #Rodrigue of The #Athletic, #McVay looked like he wanted to give #Wolford another start after the former AAF star caught the #Arizona #Cardinals off guard in #Week 17. #Maybe #McVay just wants the #Seahawks to waste time getting ready for a scrambler. #Maybe #Goff suffered a little setback. #Or maybe #McVay has become a galactic mega-spirit on us and thinks he’s found his own #Taysom #Hill.

#Either way, it’s hard to pick against #Wilson when the opponent doesn’t even know who will start at the quarterback. #Look for a game more like #Seattle’s 20-9 win over the #Rams in #Week 16 than #Wilson’s mini-drop in #Week 10. #And remember, the clunkier the game gets, the better #Wilson gets better.

#First #Choice: #Seattle #Seahawks

(#All stats via #Sports #Info #Solutions, unless otherwise noted)



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