Here are Bob Condotta’s things to watch in the Rams-Seahawks game.
Matchups and key stats for Rams-Seahawks, via FieldGulls’ Alistair Corp.
Frank Clark is going to play despite fighting food poisoning all week. Dion Jordan and Chris Carson also will return.
The Hawks are confident in Tedric Thompson replacing Earl Thomas, although the Hawks have struggled without Thomas.
Thomas’ injury-forced departure signals the end of one of Seattle’s greatest sports units, the Legion of Boom.
The LOB was one of the best secondaries of all time, with only the Chiefs’ trio of Deron Cherry, Kevin Ross and Albert Lewis perhaps better over the past four decades.
The Seahawks’ offense has scuffled in the first month under Brian Schottenheimer, failing to do some of the things Russell Wilson is great at. Schotty addressed the early failures.
FieldGulls broke down Seattle’s breakdowns on third down vs. Arizona — representative of the larger failings of Brian Schottenheimer’s offense.
Bradley McDougald, who has been Seattle’s best defender this season, will need to maintain his elite play as the Hawks face the Rams.
It sounds like George Fant is going to play some tight end with Will Dissly now gone for the year.
In case you forgot, the Rams’ Aaron Donald has been a beast against the Seahawks.
Jared Goff was NFC offensive player of the month, thanks to 11 TD passes and three straight games over 350 yards.
The Seahawks signed safeties Maurice Alexander and T.J. Green to take the roster spots of Thomas and suspended Mychal Kendricks. Green, a former second-rounder, is an intriguing project for Pete Carroll, who is the NFL’s king of secondary coaching.
Mychal Kendricks has not given up on playing again this season, pushing the NFL to assign a number to his indefinite suspension.
Some details on Thomas’ injury, gesture and future. From the no-duh department: The Seahawks will not franchise him.
With Thomas on IR, the Seahawks now are No. 2 in the NFL in sidelined money.
Russell Wilson reminded us again why he makes his weekly visits to Children’s Hospital, which is “forever grateful for the excitement, hope and laughter he brings our patient families with his weekly visits.”