With the Los Angeles Rams Week 15 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, all eyes will be on Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense. Los Angeles is coming off their biggest win of the season. They dominated the NFL’s best team, the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football. What’s more impressive, they did it on the road.
The Rams offense looked totally in sync versus one of the better defenses in the league. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 23 of 30 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Sony Michel filled in nicely for Darrell Henderson Jr. who was placed on the league’s COVID-19 reserve list.
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Meanwhile, the Rams defense played very well. They slowed down Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and their high-powered offense. Rams’ Aaron Donald recorded three sacks in the win.
Aaron Donald calls game. #RamsHouse pic.twitter.com/u7jYWFRpFN
— NFL (@NFL) December 14, 2021
With the win, the Rams improved to 9-4 and only one game behind the Cardinals in the NFC West. Here are the Rams Week 15 predictions vs the Seattle Seahawks.
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Rams Week 15 Predictions vs Seattle Seahawks
4. Aaron Donald will record two more sacks, dominates the game
Aaron Donald is coming off his best game of the season. I expect him to stay hot Sunday.
Donald is probably licking his chops ahead of the matchup this week. Donald has sacked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson more than any quarterback he has ever faced. Aaron Donald has sacked Wilson 12 times during his Hall of Fame career.
Seattle’s offensive line has not been very good this season. They don’t pose much of a threat on the ground. Therefore, Wilson will be dropping back quite often Sunday. That provides all of the opportunity Donald needs to have another banner day vs Seattle.
3. Van Jefferson continues to make himself a household name, scores in 4th straight game
Rams wide receiver Van Jefferson has been making a name for himself this season. Once Los Angeles cut bait with DeSean Jackson, the Rams were in need of a deep threat. Jefferson has become one of the bigger deep threats in the league.
Matthew Stafford and Van Jefferson connect for the Rams 💣! pic.twitter.com/iaRsKlRfiK
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) December 14, 2021
Jefferson has scored a receiving touchdown in three straight games for the first time in his career. Despite the team signing former Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, Jefferson’s role has still been very evident.
The team lost Robert Woods for the season after he tore his ACL. Earlier this week, it was announced that Beckham Jr. was added to the league’s COVID-19 reserve list. That should open up even more snaps and targets for Van Jefferson.
The Seahawks secondary has been brutally bad all season. Look for Jefferson and Cooper Kupp to feast all day Sunday.
2. Rams defense holds Seahawks under 250 yards of offense
It’s tough to hold a team under 300 yards over the course of an entire game. I think the Rams will do one better and hold Seattle under 250 yards of offense.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will be playing short-handed Sunday. It was announced earlier Thursday that Seattle will be without Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyler Lockett. Lockett was added to the league’s COVID-19 reserve list. Running back Alex Collins was also added to that list.
The news did not get any better as the day progressed.
The receiver on the other side of the field, D.K. Metcalf, did not practice again Thursday.
Seahawks WR DK Metcalf a DNP for second day in a row https://t.co/OgSd68AXOR pic.twitter.com/2F17ktIHjg
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) December 17, 2021
If Wilson is without his top two receiving options, the Seahawks receiving corps are very thin. Russell Wilson has typically struggled vs the Rams, failing to score 20 points in any of the previous five meetings. Von Miller was among a group of new Rams players added to the COVID-19 reserve list Thursday. All Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey is still in the league’s protocols. Yet, it won’t make much of a difference if Seattle doesn’t have any playmakers around Wilson.
1. Matthew Stafford throws four more touchdown passes, joins MVP conversation again
Stafford quieted a lot of his haters with his performance last week vs the Cardinals. He will build upon that performance vs a Seahawks defense that is allowing over 279 passing yards per game this season. That ranks dead last in the NFL.
Stafford was in the MVP conversation earlier in the year, but fell off dramatically during the team’s recent 3-game losing streak. But he is heating back up at the right time. The Rams should move the ball at will on offense Sunday, on their way to a road win.
With four more touchdown passes, Stafford will temporarily surpass Tom Brady for the league lead with 37. Stafford is having a career year and that will continue Sunday.