If you missed Part One of Zach Sear’s Los Angeles Rams schedule prediction, you can find it here: PART ONE
Week 5: @ Seattle Seahawks
In week five, the Rams will head to Seattle to play a transitioning Seahawk roster. With the losses of defensive end Michael Bennet, cornerback Richard Sherman, and Jimmy Graham just to name a few, it leaves a former Super Bowl championship roster in shambles. The Seattle Seahawks playing against the Los Angeles Rams may have been a good game a year ago, but with the current rosters, most could see this as a blowout, including me. I’m going to go against my original thought as almost every divisional game is going to be somewhat close. I see both teams quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Jared Goff having productive games. In addition, both running backs Rashad Penny and Todd Gurley will have their moments, wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Brandin Cooks, however, will thrive with their 15 combined targets.
Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin will amass 132 yards and a touchdown on just seven receptions, not dropping a single pass all game. For the Rams, Cooks will turn the burners on and will contribute a total of 145 yards and two touchdowns. Both defensive units will underwhelm with the exception of the Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffen who will force the ball out of the hands of Rams tight end Gerald Everett.
Prediction: The Rams sneak out of Seattle with a 24-20 victory over the Seahawks. Game MVP: Brandin Cooks with his eight receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
Week 6: @ Denver Broncos
The excitement continues for LA Rams fans as the Rams head to Denver to take on, in my opinion, a very misleading team. Most people think about the Broncos having a dominant defense and a lackluster offense. However, I see the Broncos getting run over by the Rams as Jared Goff and Todd Gurley hook up three times in the end zone. On the flip side, I see the Broncos’ quarterback Case Keenum playing exceptionally well. Keenum will throw three touchdowns and set up the game-winning field goal in overtime as they outlast the Rams dynamic duo and spoil Aqib Talib’s return to Denver.
Prediction: Broncos over the Rams, 24-21 in overtime.
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Week 7: @ San Francisco 49ers
Week 7 brings with it a highly anticipated NFC West showdown with Jimmy Garropolo and the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams will enter the division bout with identical 4-2 records, making this the first of a few extremely important games for the Rams this season. Jimmy G and Jared Goff will both play well but much like week three of this season, this will be a defensive run game.
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman and Rams cornerback Marcus Peters will shine in their respective secondaries. In addition, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and 49ers Defensive tackle Deforrest Buckner will star on the defensive fronts. With that said, it will be Rams safety Lemarcus Joyner who will have the biggest impact. Joyner will force a fumble to go along with three pass deflections and an interception. This makes Joyner an easy selection for game MVP.
Prediction: Rams win 17-14, taking a one-game lead on the 49ers in the NFC West.
Week 8: vs. Green Bay Packers
This week, the Rams welcome in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. This will be another tough matchup as they go against one of the best quarterbacks in the league. However, Sean McVay and the Rams will be prepared with multiple trick plays at the ready. Both Aaron Rodgers and Jared Goff will struggle against top secondary units, however, each will play well enough.
In the end, it will be Todd Gurley and the Packers running back duo of Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones who will carry the load for their teams. The Packers backs will combine for 153 yards while Todd Gurley dashes for 148 yards by himself. Gurley will also find paydirt twice while Jared Goff throws for the other.
Prediction: Rams defend home field with a 24-17 victory over the Packers. The offensive line of the Rams will be the MVP of the game as a unit.