What you need to know to get ready for Seahawks vs. Rams

Are the Rams the Real Deal?

One common narrative perpetrated by the media has been, what's wrong with the Seahawks?

Seattle seized the ball when Tavon Austin muffed a fair catch on a punt, with Seattle recovering and taking over at the L.A. 30.

Those victories were all upsets, as the Rams - who haven't made the playoffs since 2004 - were never considered threats to win the NFC West. Now? Not only has it taken time for Wilson most years to find his rhythm, but he's also notorious for being a slow starter during games.

That said, the Rams had four shots at the end zone in the final seconds from the Seattle 20.

The 2013 Seahawks were different for many reasons. Sunday's game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is the place Carroll used to call home roaming the sidelines from 2001-2009. Chris Carson's injured ankle suffered last week knocked him out for the season just when the rookie started to assume control of the position. Showing signs of improvement in his second year, Goff must stay patient and take what Seattle gives him to avoid any unnecessary early turnovers that can swing the momentum of the game. In last week's win over the Cowboys, Zuerlein was a flawless 7/7 on field goals, while Hekker now ranks 7th in the National Football League with an average of 47.8 yards per punt.

The Seattle offensive line was weak in run blocking and not much better in pass blocking.

This is the kind of game that can flip the script on a season for either team. The Seahawks look like a 9-7 team, maybe even an 8-8 team to me.

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The drive began with the Rams longest play of the game, a 35-yard pass from Goff to tight end Tyler Higbee that advanced the ball to Seahawks 40-yard line. However, the Rams now are allowing 151.5 rushing yards per game, good for 30th in the NFL.

This Seahawks team seems different due to their defensive struggles, but these struggles can be attributed to the offense. Gurley had 14 carries for 43 yards and only two catches for seven yards. Fans and media members are attributing this to the defense being old, but this isn't the case. Donald and the Rams again dominate the line of scrimmage. The defense is spending the majority of the game on the field, which is causing defenders to tire late in games.

Todd Gurley can finally share some of the spotlight with the rest of the Los Angeles Rams, and the running back is already reaping the rewards. Its ranked 28th in surrendering 26.2 points per game. Thomas Rawls was a healthy scratch, but should suit up Sunday to try and help Seattle get a running game going.

The Seahawks hardly have a record to blow anyone away, but their defenses has actually been pretty good.

But it hasn't been an easy first month of the season for the Seattle Seahawks running back.

BIG MISS: The Rams' Greg Zuerlein was ideal on field goals this season until missing a 36-yarder in the second half.

Linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright could prove to be the Seahawks' best weapons for countering Gurley. They've done it before; they should have the benefit of the doubt. As we previewed in our Seahawks breakdown, the Seahawks have struggled against the run but are still an elite pass defense. They gained 375 yards from scrimmage, 134 more than the victorious Seahawks. But there will always be some blame for the coaches when a team loses: Why didn't they do this?

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