The Seattle Seahawks know the Los Angeles Rams, They’re division rivals, so nothing that occurs on Saturday will be any sort of surprise. With that said, the intensity of this game will provide a look into the minds and hearts of both teams. For Seattle, the hope of playing deep into the postseason runs directly through the Los Angeles Rams. In a way, it feels rather appropriate that the Hawks must defeat their bitter rival one more time to live another playoff day. This game serves as yet another litmus test in this team’s recent history.
As of this writing, Jamal Adams’ shoulder is the most important body part on the team. Adams, the best defender not named Bobby Wagner, is the teeth of the Seattle defense. As a box safety, Adams leads the team in sacks. His 9.5 sacks remain a blessing and a curse. On the positive side, he gets home, makes a stop, and provides big plays. On the other hand, relying on a strong safety to generate a rush will ultimately bite a defense, if surrounding players fail to contribute. Adams’ shoulder injury throws the defense into chaos. The Rams’ passing game breathes a sigh of relief if the standout Seattle defender can’t play anywhere near 100 percent.
For eight consecutive years, opponents sacked Russell Wilson over forty-times. Seattle struggles to construct a workable, functional offensive line. The Rams know this. Aaron Donald feasts against anyone. Thirteen sacks, more against anyone else occurred versus Seattle. On top of that his 36 hits, also ranks at the top. Whatever Seattle continues to try upfront versus Donald does not work. In fact, he flushes Wilson wide. To his credit, few quarterbacks roll wide, in the hopes of finding a receiver vertically. In a strange way, that benefits Wilson. With Lockett and Metcalf streaking vertically, Wilson compensates for the atrocious lack of quality blocking.
On paper, the Seahawks should win this game. Yet, with so many questions about their defense and porous offense line, it seems far from certain. Once again, the Hawks look to start another postseason run. As this core is currently constituted, how many more of these Wildcard Weekends can Seattle trudge though?