Are the Los Angeles Rams for real?

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The Cardinals had an wonderful season in 2015, but that didn't stop the Seahawks from making the playoffs as a Wild Card team and winning their first playoff game on the road.

Don't be surprised to see a Carroll testing a multitude of combinations featuring different players over the next few weeks to try and get things to settle down a bit. Yes, the Rams won that game at the Coliseum past year, but Wilson was hurt and largely immobile.

The Rams were moving late in third quarter when the Seahawks got their first "sack" of Goff, who entered the game with a passer rating of 112.2 that was higher than Tom Brady. But this would be even bigger, because it would give them a two-game advantage on their division rival Seahawks plus a tiebreaker.

Hope is far from lost for Seattle, though. And when teams can take advantage of that, Russell Wilson and the offense as a whole sputter as a result.

On a day the upstart Rams wanted to take control of the NFC West, it was the old-guard Seahawks who kept taking it back - again and again and again. If they can keep the defense from getting exhausted out by the Seahawks' fast paced style, they should have a very good chance of winning. Only four games in, Gurley has seven total touchdowns this season, more than he had all of previous year. The Rams led 10-0 on Greg Zuerlein's ensuing field goal, but the Seahawks mounted a 15-play drive culminating in Graham's short TD catch 1:55 before halftime. However, the Rams are giving up 151.5 yards rushing per game, third-most in the league. Avril will miss the showdown with the Rams due to a neck injury (courtesy of The Oregonian). They will be tested after losing leading rusher Chris Carson to a broken leg in the win. The Rams, who haven't been to the postseason since 2004, are due to get back.

The Seahawks are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall, are winless at 0-6 against the number in their last six road games, and are 1-5 at the betting window in their last six games versus conference opponents. A win would make the Rams clear favorites to win the NFC West and make the playoffs for the first time since 2004. New head coach Sean McVay is utilizing Gurley in the passing game, turning him into a more Le'Veon Bell style back and it's benefiting everybody.

The three-time All-Pro safety raced across from the middle of the field to the left sideline and chopped the arm of Gurley just as the Rams' running back was reaching with it to the goal line at the end of a first-quarter run.

After a quick start to the season that caught the attention of the National Football League and their own home market, the Rams wasted their strong defensive game when new coach Sean McVay's offense ran into the Legion of Boom.

Just last week, Zuerlein had a franchise-record seven field goals in beating the Cowboys 35-30 in Dallas.

As has become their custom, the Seattle Seahawks will get to savor their bye week.

Defense has been a definite problem for both teams in the early portion of the season.

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