The 6-3 Seahawks head south in Week 11, facing the 3-6 Los Angeles Rams, as they look to avenge their Week 1 loss. Here are six things to know about their NFC divisional foe ahead of Sunday's Week 11 matchup.
Puka Nacua: Rookie Sensation
Rams rookie wideout Puka Nacua made his presence felt in his debut against Seattle in Week 1, catching 10 passes for 119 yards. The Brigham Young alum has posted three 100-yard receiving games since, recording 64 receptions, 827 yards and two touchdowns across nine games.
With a healthier secondary—Devon Witherspoon and Jamal Adams both missed that Week 1 game—the Seahawks will hope to limit the damage done by Nacua this time around.
Byron Young: Immediate Impact
Nacua isn't the only Rams 2023 draft pick making a difference as a rookie. Byron Young, a third-round pick out of Tennessee, has quickly risen to become a focal point of the Rams' defense, and a leader amongst the rookie class. Through nine games, Young ranks in the top five amongst all rookie defenders in defensive snaps (493), sacks (5.0), pressures (31), forced fumbles (2) and quarterback hits (15).
Aaron Donald: Extending the Streak
In Week 9, defensive tackle Aaron Donald recorded sack No. 5 on the season, marking 10-consecutive years of recording five or more sacks. It serves as the longest-active streak amongst all pass rushers league-wide. The 10-year veteran recorded half a sack in L.A.'s Week 1 win at Lumen Field, giving him 15.5 sacks in 17 career matchups against Seattle.
Matthew Stafford: Thumbs Up for Week 11
After spraining the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb during his team’s Week 8 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, quarterback Matthew Stafford is set to return after sitting out in Week 9. Stafford discussed feeling ready to return following Wednesday's practice.
"I feel pretty confident in my ability to go out there and play at a pretty high level," said Stafford. "It's good to be out there, I haven't been out there, obviously, in a couple weeks, so it was kind of nice to just get back out there and get my feet wet again."
Through eight games in Year 15 for the Georgia alum, Stafford has completed 166-278 passes for 2,070 yards and eight touchdowns.
Ahkello Witherspoon: Next Man Up
Seventh-year cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon leads the way for the Rams' secondary through nine games, recording two interceptions, six pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. The Colorado alum leads a stingy Los Angeles secondary that ranks No. 9 league-wide in passing yards allowed (1,955).
The grandson of renowned blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, briefly spent time with the Seahawks, signing as a free agent in 2021, but was traded to Pittsburgh before the start of the regular season.
Jordan Fuller: Ironman
Fourth-year safety Jordan Fuller is the only Rams defender to play every snap this season, totaling 58 combined tackles, two passes defensed and an interception. The Ohio State alum has forced three fumbles this year, a career-high total that is tied for fourth league wide.
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.