NFL Wild Card Round: Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams Prediction and Analysis

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January 9, 2021 5:43 pm

Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to the NFC West Championship this season. Pete Carroll’s boys ended the season with a 26-23 win over divisional rivals, San Francisco 49ers. They ended the season with a 12-4 record, winning the NFC West above 2nd-placed Los Angeles Rams.

Sean McVay’s boys made their way to an 18-7 win over Kyler Murray’s Arizona Cardinals in Week 17. With both teams fresh off a win and hungry for more, Saturday’s game at the CenturyLink Field will prove to be a treat for NFL fans.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Wild Card Round Playoff predictions.

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Seattle Seahawks start as favorites on Saturday night

The Pete Carroll-coached Seattle Seahawks made a strong start to the season by winning their first 5 games. They’ve been a bit inconsistent since Week 5, but QB Russell Wilson has taken his game to a new level in 2020.

The 32-year-old is in the NFL MVP conversation having thrown for 4,200+ yards with 40 passing touchdowns last year. He will look to stake his claim on the prized honor by putting in a statement leader’s display this weekend.

He will have the support of talented wideouts, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, who are both having decent individual seasons themselves. Coach Carroll will welcome safety Jamal Adams for the Rams game.

Los Angeles Rams could persist with injured Jared Goff

Once again, it’s the story of the underdogs that will take center stage in Seattle on Saturday evening. The #6 seed LA Rams face #3 Seattle Seahawks in a classic NFC West showdown clash.

But with visiting QB Jared Goff fresh off a finger surgery, is lady fortune in favor of the latter at the moment? Regardless, WR Cooper Kupp will be on the field trying to make some big-game plays in this Wild Card Playoff.

The Rams will have to rely on their defensive prowess which helped them beat the Cardinals in Week 17. NFL All-Pros, Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald, will be their 2 top players tonight.

Coach McVay knows the importance of shutting down Wilson and Metcalf before they find their rhythm. He will come prepared.

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NFL Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams Team Updates

Seattle – Questionable

OT Jarran Reed – Oblique

CB – Shaquil Griffin

Los Angeles – Questionable

LB Micah Kiser – Knee

QB Jared Goff – Right thumb

Seahawks vs Rams Prediction

Seattle Seahawks 25 – 23 Los Angeles Rams

Dec 13, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates with wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) following a second quarter touchdown pass against the New York Jets at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The 5’11” quarterback in the picture above is going to be the deciding factor in this Seahawks vs Rams Wild Card encounter. Both teams are strong on paper, in their own respective categories.

But coach Carroll will use the experience of a player like Wilson to help the other players on the pitch up their level of play.

Breaking free from the clutches of Aaron Donald is no small task. But if anyone can do it, it’s got to be ‘DangeRuss’ Wilson. Will Russ cook tonight? Tune in to find out.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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