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Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams Preview and Predictions 12-08-2019

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The Seattle Seahawks look to win their sixth straight game when they visit the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Seattle will clinch an NFC playoff berth with a victory or tie, while Los Angeles badly needs a win to keep its playoff aspirations alive.

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The Seahawks are tied for first place in the NFC West with the San Francisco 49ers as the Rams - a Super Bowl participant last season - sit third, and coach Pete Carroll is expecting a ferocious effort from Los Angeles. "We know we have another terrific opponent," Carroll said of the Rams. "It just seems like one after another after another. We just keep getting challenged by it. The teams keep bringing special players and schemes and histories of winning and all that stuff that just makes this a great run and a great challenge." Los Angeles is one game behind the Minnesota Vikings for the second NFC wild-card berth but had lost five of eight games prior to a 34-7 rout of the Arizona Cardinals last week. "I would be lying to say that this season hasn't been more challenging," Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters. "But that's also why there's a motivation to make sure to do right and to use this as an opportunity to try to respond in the way that you challenge your players and everybody else."

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Even. O/U: 47.5

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (10-2): Quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 240 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-30 victory over the Vikings on Monday night and is a leading MVP candidate with an NFL-best 26 touchdown passes along with 3,177 yards, and only four interceptions. Chris Carson has been productive out of the backfield with a team-best 981 rushing yards, while second-stringer Rashaad Penny has picked up the pace with 203 of his 370 rushing yards coming over the last two games. Star middle linebacker Bobby Wagner has six double-digit tackle outings this season and is tied for second in the NFL with 115 stops.

ABOUT THE RAMS (7-5): Quarterback Jared Goff's level of play has been below his level of the previous two seasons but he stood out with 424 yards and two touchdowns in the rout of the Cardinals. Goff has 13 touchdowns against 12 interceptions this season after having 60 passing strikes against 19 picks over the previous two seasons. Los Angeles has been wildly inconsistent and has allowed 13 or fewer points in each of its past six victories but has yielded 55, 45 and 30 points in three of its setbacks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Wilson threw four touchdown passes as the Seahawks recorded a 30-29 home victory over the Rams on Oct. 3.

2. Los Angeles WR Robert Woods matched his career high of 13 receptions and established a personal best of 172 yards in the win over Arizona.

3. Carson has five 100-yard rushing outings this season, including a 118-yard effort against the Rams.

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Rams

  • Josh Reynolds

    Illness
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Reynolds is dealing with an unknown illness, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Giants on Sunday.

  • Cam Akers

    Ribs
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Akers sat out the last game with separated rib cartilage, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Giants on Sunday.

  • Jordan Fuller

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Fuller exited the last game with a shoulder injury, and his status for Sunday's contest against the Giants is clouded.

  • Joe Noteboom

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Noteboom has been added to the injured reserve list with Grade 2 calf strain, and there is no indication when he will be activated.

  • Darious Williams

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Williams has ankle tendinitis but is likely to take the field Sunday versus the Bills.

  • Andrew Whitworth

    Calf
    Prob Sun | probable

    Whitworth exited the last game due to a calf injury, but it is likely that he will play Sunday against the Bills.

  • Malcolm Brown

    Finger
    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured pinky finger, but he is expected to be available Sunday versus the Bills.

  • Gerald Everett

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Everett is managing a back injury but is expected to take the field against the Bills on Sunday.

Seattle Seahawks

  • Ethan Pocic

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Pocic has a knee sprain, and there is no indication if he will be a participant in Sunday's clash versus the Dolphins.

  • Neiko Thorpe

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thorpe sat out the last game due to a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will compete in Sunday's showdown versus the Dolphins.

  • Cedric Ogbuehi

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ogbuehi has missed the past three games with a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Dolphins.

  • Damien Lewis

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Lewis left the last game with an ankle injury, and it is up in the air if he will participate in Sunday's contest versus the Dolphins.

  • Mike Iupati

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Iupati exited the last game due to a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field Sunday versus the Dolphins.

  • Lano Hill

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hill was forced from Sunday's game wit ha back injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will partake in Sunday's tilt versus the Dolphins.

  • Carlos Hyde

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hyde is bothered by a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will line up for Sunday's clash with the Dolphins.

  • Rasheem Green

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Green has wound up on the injured reserve list with a neck injury, and it is undetermined how much time he will miss.