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Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California Weather: 78°, Clear Attendance: 60,745
Seahawks visit L.A. to face suddenly explosive Rams
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
- The Seahawks blew out the Colts at CenturyLink Field, 46-18, last Sunday night, thanks to a 36-3 second-half scoring differential. The 36 points in the second half was a franchise record, and Seattle became the first NFL team this season to score a touchdown in four different ways (passing, rushing, interception return, and a fumble recovery).
- The Rams upset the Cowboys in Dallas, 35-30, as Greg Zuerlein hit a franchise-record seven field goals in the victory. Zuerlein became the first kicker to go 7-for-7 (or better) in a game since Cairo Santos did so for the Chiefs in 2015. The LA Rams currently lead the NFL averaging 35.5 points per game, just one season after averaging an NFL-low 14.0 points in 2016.
- Seattle has lost three of its past four meetings with the Rams, although the Rams haven't scored a touchdown against the Seahawks since the teams' Week 16 matchup in 2015. Currently, the Rams, 3-1, have a one game lead over the Seahawks, 2-2, in the NFC West. They haven't held an outright division lead this late in the season since Week 16 of 2010.
- Jared Goff has improved across the board this season compared to last, upping his passing yardage per game from 155.6 to 268.0, his TD-to-interception ratio from 5/7 to 7/1, and his passer rating from 63.6 to 112.2. Goff's 112.2 passer rating ranks third best in the NFL this season behind Alex Smith's 124.2 and Tom Brady's 116.6 (minimum 14 attempts/team game).
- Russell Wilson threw two picks in Sunday's victory over the Colts, his first interception thrown since Week 15 of 2016. Last Sunday, Wilson also threw for two passing touchdowns and rushed for a 23-yard touchdown, making that his eighth game since his rookie season in 2012 with two passing and one rushing touchdown (only Cam Newton has more -- 16).
- Todd Gurley II has already rushed for four touchdowns and caught three touchdowns this year. He is the first player with at least three rushing and three receiving touchdowns through a team's first four games since Seattle's Marshawn Lynch had three of each in 2014. His seven scrimmage TDs through the Rams' first four games tied Elroy Hirsch's franchise record set in 1951.
LOS ANGELES -- Pete Carroll will lead the Seattle Seahawks onto the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turf to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Back when Carroll was at the University of Southern California, his teams filled the historic stadium with a brand of football that was as entertaining as it was successful.
And one of the teams in Sunday's game arrives with a similar reputation, but can it really be the Rams?
"To the players' credit, they've made a handful of plays," new Rams coach Sean McVay said.
Make that a fistful at least. The Rams (3-1) look nothing like last year's team that was built around a running game stuck in the mud and a defense that bent and broke.
Instead, quarterback Jared Goff has shed a shaky rookie season and is directing a multi-pronged attack that has collected an NFL-high 142 points.
So excuse the Seahawks (2-2) if they don't recognize this revitalized L.A. unit. The Rams split their two games with the Seahawks last year, but they didn't score a touchdown in either game.
Spinning the scoreboard hasn't been the problem this season and how stout Seattle's defense can be will likely determine this NFC West showdown. But the Seahawks figure to be challenged, especially with defensive end Cliff Avril out.
Rams running back Todd Gurley has 42 points, which is second in the NFL. The leader is Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein with 56.
It was Zuerlein's three field goals that led the Rams to a 9-3 win over Seattle last year.
Just last week, Zuerlein had a franchise-record seven field goals in beating the Cowboys 35-30 in Dallas.
"I'd like to have a couple more PATs," McVay said.
While the offense has become the darling of the NFL, the defense has shown plenty of warts. Its ranked 28th in surrendering 26.2 points per game.
Seattle will try to pile on after beating the Indianapolis Colts 46-18. It was by far Seattle's best effort as it finally established a running game to complement Russell Wilson's pinpoint passing.
The Seahawks rolled up a season-high 194 rushing yards and Wilson had the most accurate game of his career in connecting on 21 of 26 passes.
"When you're running the football, there's kind of an energy about it that you can play off of," Carroll said. "But there's also the fact that you're running the football and it allows you to work all the passing game stuff that comes off of it, which we love to do. When it's working, there's a sense that you have of it, and it plays right to our style."
Carroll knows the Rams' style all too well -- he won a national championship with a high-octane attack. Come Sunday, he'll be trying to stop one.
"We've seen the Rams and they have been explosive on offense and has really controlled the ball," Carroll said. "It's a tremendous turnaround for their program."
Spoken like a one-time college coach.
Updated October 5, 2017