The Seattle Seahawks face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, September 10 at Lumen Field as part of Week 1 of the 2023 season. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. Click here to learn how to watch, listen, and stream the action.
Here's what local and national media are predicting:
ESPN Staff, ESPN.com:Seahawks 23, Rams 13
"The opener marks Bobby Wagner's return to Seattle after one season with the Rams. The Seahawks brought back the future Hall of Fame linebacker as part of an overhaul to their front seven after finishing 30th in run defense last season. The Rams were tied for 27th in rushing last year and won't have star receiver Cooper Kupp, which will allow Seattle to focus more attention on stopping the run."
Bill Bender, Sporting News: Seahawks 22, Rams 19
"Matthew Stafford is back for the Rams, who had the worst kind of Super Bowl hangover in 2022. The Seahawks still have Geno Smith, but look for Pete Carroll to stick with a grind-it-out approach with Kenneth Walker III and rookie Zach Charbonnet. Seattle swept this series last season, but both games were decided by four points or less."
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Seahawks 30, Rams 14
"The Rams are loaded with young players and rookies, which will challenge Sean McVay this year. The Seahawks are coming off an impressive first season with Geno Smith last season and are hoping he can replicate that. I think he gets off to a fast start as the Seahawks win it."
Jordan Mendoza, USA Today: Seahawks 23, Rams 13
"The Rams will be better than they were last year, but even with Matthew Stafford back, it'll be a tough road toward even sniffing a playoff spot. Likely without Cooper Kupp, the Los Angeles offense struggles while Geno Smith puts up some outstanding numbers to get Seattle the win."
Ali Bhanpuri, NFL.com: Seahawks 27, Rams 17
"The future NFC champions begin their march to the Super Bowl with a comfortable W against a familiar foe. The Seahawks outclass the Rams at nearly every position (L.A. still has Aaron Donald, after all), and while I've seen Sean McVay do more with less, the talent disparity is simply too much for the wunderkind to overcome. Pete Carroll improves to 6-0 at home in season openers."
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Seahawks 24, Rams 13
"Games against the Rams are never easy, and this one doesn't figure to be either. But the absence of Cooper Kupp is a big gift for a Seattle defense determined to have a better season than a year ago. Seattle's running game should wear down the Rams some and set up a few big plays by Geno Smith and the passing attack."
Adam Jude, Seattle Times: Seahawks 27, Rams 21
"Two division rivals headed in opposite directions, and the Seahawks looked poised to make an opening-game statement at home."
Larry Stone, Seattle Times: Seahawks 30, Rams 17
"The Rams cratered last year after winning the Super Bowl a year earlier, and they face another challenging year in 2023. The loss of Kupp for the opener won't help. If the Seahawks want to achieve their goals this year, they need to grab winnable games like this one."
Matt Calkins, Seattle Times: Seahawks 24, Rams 17
"Seattle has some injuries that may have proved costly against most teams in the league, but they will still overpower the lowly Rams, who, they themselves are playing without star receiver Kupp."
The Seahawks and Rams face off for the first game of the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023. Kickoff is set for 1:25 p.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Rams.