Seahawks can clinch playoff spot in opposition to determined Rams


The Seattle Seahawks know precisely what’s at stake after they hit the street to face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday evening: Win and they’re within the playoffs.

FILE PHOTO: Nov 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tre Flowers (21) celebrates his interception with teammates in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Monetary Discipline. Obligatory Credit score: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports activities

That’s the obvious carrot dangling. There may be extra, after all, like retaining their spot atop the NFC West together with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Seahawks and 49ers are every 10-2 and on a possible Week 17 collision course in Seattle with the division title on the road.

The Seahawks are using a five-game successful streak after a 37-30 victory Monday evening in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings. And that victory to forge a tie atop the NFC West got here hours after the 49ers had misplaced for the second time on the season, exhibiting that Seattle is aware of learn how to step as much as the event.

“We all know we have now one other terrific opponent,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll stated. “It simply looks as if one after one other after one other. We simply preserve getting challenged by it. The groups preserve bringing particular gamers and schemes and histories of successful and all that stuff that simply makes this an excellent run and an excellent problem.

“I believe it’s essential. I actually suppose it’s essential that you just simply need to preserve preparing. I believe it bears itself out right here that these video games, you simply have to simply preserve getting rotated and prepare, no matter what simply occurred. Good or unhealthy. I’m hoping- that’s form of the way in which I’m approaching it- that it’s a giant deal for us. It’s going to assist us.”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was environment friendly Monday with 240 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns, with an interception that he batted again to the Vikings for a pick-six. The Seattle operating recreation did loads of harm with 218 yards on the bottom, together with 102 from Chris Carson and one other 74 from Rashaad Penny. Each backs scored a TD.

The Rams (7-5) are coming off a formidable victory of their very own to maintain their playoff hopes alive, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 34-7 on Sunday. The Rams are on the surface wanting in on the NFC playoff image, one recreation behind the Minnesota Vikings (Eight-Four) for the second wild-card spot.

Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 424 yards and two TD strikes in opposition to the Cardinals because the Rams rebounded from an embarrassing 45-6 residence defeat to the Baltimore Ravens. However the Rams’ offensive exhibiting did come in opposition to Arizona’s NFL-worst passing protection.

The turnaround of observe for the Rams on Sunday was on protection because the Rams gave up 198 yards of complete offense and held Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray to 163 yards and an interception, with two different interceptions nullified by Rams penalties.

Another excuse the Rams will head into Sunday’s recreation with confidence is their close to victory over the Seahawks at Seattle on Oct. three. The Rams misplaced 30-29 when dependable kicker Greg Zuerlein missed a go-ahead 44-yard subject purpose with 11 seconds remaining.

Goff threw 395 yards and a landing in that recreation, whereas Wilson threw for 268 yards and 4 TDs. The Rams keep in mind it nicely.

“I had him like 4 occasions and I didn’t get him down,” Rams linebacker Dante Fowler stated of the primary assembly with Wilson and the Seahawks, per the Los Angeles Occasions. “So we obtained to do a greater job of simply getting him down once we can, and never let him lengthen these huge performs, as a result of when he will get out of the pocket he’s so harmful.”

Rams tight finish Gerald Everett (knee) nonetheless was not again at apply Wednesday after lacking the sport in opposition to the Cardinals. Deal with Rob Havenstein (knee) was restricted however may see motion for the primary time since Nov. 10 at Pittsburgh.

Seahawks gamers who didn’t take part in a walk-through Wednesday: fullback Nick Bellore (quad), tight finish Luke Willson (hamstring), sort out Duane Brown (biceps), cornerback Neiko Thorpe (core) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (hamstring).

—Discipline Degree Media