Dave Gray believes the Seahawks can get the better of the Rams in this huge NFC West clash after a gruelling Sunday night for Jared Goff.
"The Rams however had a long, drawn out game where quarterback Jared Goff threw the ball an astonishing 68 times – there has only been two games in history where a quarterback has attempted more passes. Fatigue could be a big factor in this one."
Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks
Friday, 01:20 BST
Live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event
A hangover for the Rams?
The Los Angeles Rams head north to Seattle on the back of a big defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 55-40 loss saw Sean McVay's side fall to 3-1 and level with Thursday's opponents - both just behind the 49ers in the NFC West.
The Seahawks had a much easier time of it as they ran out comfortable 27-10 victors over the Arizona Cardinals. On a short week this could be the difference between two evenly matched teams. The Seahawks almost had a glorified training session on Sunday. The Rams however had a long, drawn out game where quarterback Jared Goff threw the ball an astonishing 68 times. There has only been two games in history where a quarterback has attempted more passes. Fatigue could be a big factor in this one with only four days between the games.
Time to unleash Gurley
If Goff is struggling after that huge workload, the Rams could turn to their running game. Todd Gurley has been somewhat disappointing for LA this season, but it seems as though the team are managing his workload to keep him fresh for the playoffs and big games - one such as this one. Gurley and the rest of the Rams running backs could well see an increased workload this week if McVay is forced to turn away from Goff after Sunday night.
The Seahawks have a good run defence, but Gurley has had the better of them in recent clashes. He has averaged 116 yards and scored an incredible seven touchdowns in the last three meetings between these teams.
Wilson could take advantage of the Rams secondary
While the Seahawks and Buccaneers don't have exactly the same style of offence, there are some similarities, particularly in the way that both look to throw deep. Jameis Winston racked up yards through the air in LA on Sunday and Russell Wilson could do the same here.
Tyler Lockett is one of the more underrated receivers in the NFL. He has a reception of 20 yards or more in every game this season. Along with D.K. Metcalf, Seattle poses an incredible threat deep. Will Dissly has been the go to man in recent weeks, at least in the red zone, but the longer passes could do the damage in this one. Wilson will look to take advantage of Marcus Peters - as Winston did on Mike Evans 67-yard touchdown. Peters is a good cornerback but can often get overaggressive and often over commits in coverage. The strong Seattle receivers will look to exploit that. Metcalf and Lockett, and of course Wilson, could be in for big nights.
Chris Carson's struggles
Chris Carson was one of my tips for the rushing title in preseason and while I still believe he can go on and do that, he has struggled through four weeks of the season. His running has once again been good, but he has not been able to hold on to the ball. He fumbled in each of his first three starts before a clean game against the Cardinals. Going up against Aaron Donald and co on the Rams line and with Rashaad Penny potentially returning from injury, I would perhaps avoid Carson in this one and wait for week six to really see what the run game looks like. If he can hold onto the ball, then he is one of the best in the league. But right now, that is a big if.
Back the Seahawks
This game could end up being decisive in the NFC West and the Seattle fans know it. In these big games the atmosphere at CenturyLink Field can be incredible and I would expect just that on Thursday night. Seattle can ride that and take a big win over their rivals. You can back them -1.5 (10/11) but I am happy to just go with the moneyline (3/4).
The Rams may have to lean on their running game after Sunday's huge workload for Goff and for that reason I am backing Todd Gurley for an anytime touchdown (11/10).
I am a big Lockett fan and I believe that he will get the better of Peters in this game. An anytime touchdown at 7/5 is very interesting.
You can combine these in a same-game multi (9.31).