If it feels like the Seattle Seahawks win over the Arizona Cardinals just happened yesterday, well... it kind of did. Just four days after the Seahawks (3-1) came away with an assertive win over the Cardinals in the desert, they have another divisional foe at hand.
The Los Angeles Rams (3-1) will strut into CenturyLink Field for Thursday Night Football in a primetime matchup with high stakes. While it's a quick turnaround for both teams, Seahawks All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner isn't rattled.
“I think we don’t let the prime time get to our heads,” Wagner said. “We treat it like a regular game. It’s easy for guys to come in, young guys, having watched Monday Night, Sunday Night, Thursday Night Football and thinking it’s a bigger deal than what it is. From the first day we got here, they always preached it’s just a normal game.
“It doesn’t feel like a big game. It doesn’t feel different than any other game. You don’t feel like you have to do more, do whatever, to show or prove something.”
The big storyline heading into this one is the Rams’ recent success against the Seahawks. Los Angeles swept both games against Seattle last season and has won three of the last four meetings since Sean McVay took helm as Rams’ head coach.
Here’s a few predictions heading into the Week 5 meeting:
"The Rams just haven't looked the same on offense this season. But I think this is the game they get it going. They will feed Todd Gurley early to get the running game on track and get the play-action going. The Rams defense was terrible last week, but it will bounce back here against Russell Wilson."
Sporting News says expect the Rams to rebound vs. Seahawks:
“Seattle has been better than LA in both rushing and stopping the run. Jared Goff has been struggling. The Seahawks are at home in a prime-time game. All of these factors should lead to a Seattle win, but the NFL is weird, and Goff proved in the playoffs last year he is capable of random, big-time performances. Make it four straight wins for LA in this rivalry.”
Joe Giglio of NJ.com, however, thinks Seattle will come away with a home victory:
“The Rams will be OK in the long run, but it’s too hard to pick against the home team with the better quarterback on a short week. Plus, it’s hard to imagine Seattle losing two home games in the season’s first five weeks.”
FiveThirtyEight says Rams at Seahawks has big playoff implications, especially for Seattle:
“The Rams currently have better playoff odds than Seattle (68 percent to 49 percent), but that number would change by +/-14.5 percentage points depending on the result of this game. The stakes are even higher for the Seahawks, whose playoff chances would rise to 63 percent with a win or fall to 32 percent with a loss.”
There’s been a lot of talk about Russell Wilson’s phenomenal start. Wilson leads the league with a 72.9 percent completion percentage—the best of his career, along with a 118.7 passer rating (2nd in the NFL).
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted Wilson’s career highs in his eighth NFL season.
“Wilson has been the starter in Seattle since his rookie year of 2012, and he has never missed a single game. With each week Wilson has played, he has built up more and more of those experiences that will help him better understand what he’s seen on every given play in any given game.”
Like Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who vocalized his displeasure with Thursday Night Football Games, Rams RB Todd Gurley told Lindsey Thirty of ESPN that he wasn’t a fan of playing games soon a short week.
"You know how I feel about Thursday night games," Gurley said. "I feel like they are the dumbest thing ever."