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2018 Week 5: Seahawks vs Rams Picks & Predictions

Local and national media project which side will win when the Seattle Seahawks face off against the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday at CenturyLink Field. 


Check out which side the local and national media are predicting to win when the Seattle Seahawks match up against the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Brady Henderson, ****: Rams 28, Seahawks 21

Henderson: Los Angeles leads the league by a fairly wide margin in yards per play at 7.38, and Jared Goff has the most completions of 20-plus yards of any quarterback with 23. Slowing down Sean McVay's offense would be a tough-enough task even at full strength. It's hard to imagine the Seahawks doing that now that their defense is missing its eraser on the back end in Earl Thomas, in addition to Pro Bowl linebacker K.J. Wright.

Lindsey Thiry, ****: Rams 32, Seahawks 21

Thiry: The Rams are 4-0 and sit atop ESPN's Power Rankings, but their matchup against the 2-2 Seahawks is not one they're taking lightly, in large part because of the noise at CenturyLink. And don't forget about Russell Wilson. "He can beat you himself," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "Not many quarterbacks can do that. You have to cover him for a long time, and that makes it hard.

Pete Prisco, ****: Rams 27, Seahawks 24

Prisco: The Rams are flying high on offense, and will be rested after playing last Thursday. The Seahawks are coming off a solid defensive game last week against Arizona, but this is a much tougher challenge. Seattle plays much better at home, and I think that will help them keep this one closer than expected. Rams take it, but it's tight.

Michael David-Smith, ****: Rams 30, Seahawks 20

MDS: The Rams have an opportunity to run away with the NFC West, and with a win here they'll be well on their way to doing just that.

Mike Florio, ****: Rams 27, Seahawks 21

Florio: Seattle has rebounded nicely since starting the year 0-2. But the Rams are one of the best teams we've seen in recent years, and it will be very hard for the Seahawks to overcome a team that isn't just balanced but great on both sides of the ball.

Elliot Harrison, ****: Rams 35, Seahawks 17

Harrison: With (Earl) Thomas out for the Seahawks, there is no reason for Rams coach Sean McVay to pump the brakes on the most lethal passing attack in pro football. Noise could play a role -- if it does, turn around and hand the ball to No. 30.

Jim Moore, ****: Rams 27, Seahawks 24

Moore: I get it, the Rams have the superior team. They look like they're on the way up – or farther up than they already are – and the Seahawks are in transition to whatever's next. I suspect we'll see a lot of fight from the Seahawks before they're edged at the wire.

More Picks From Around The Web

Sports writers at the Seattle Times, as well as local hip-hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot, this week's celebrity guesser, all pick the Rams to win.

  • Sir Mix-A-Lot: Rams 35, Seahawks 23: I think the Rams are gonna win this game, just by how much, that's the key. I'm a Seahawks fan but I got to keep it real. I hope I'm wrong on this!

All eight experts at are picking the Rams to win straight up.

Nine of the 10 analysts at take Los Angeles over Seattle.

All five writers at USA Today side with the Rams this weekend.

The Seahawks and Rams face off for the first game of the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Rams.

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