If the Seattle Seahawks (2-2) are going to be the first team to get a win against the 4-0 Los Angeles Rams Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field, they will need to stop the NFL’s number one ranked offense that is led by Rams quarterback Jared Goff.
Goff is having his best season at quarterback at the quarter pole mark. Goff is 134-97- 1,406 with 11 touchdowns passes, two interceptions with a passer rating of 127.3 The Rams are a bit unconventional in their offensive attack because they use the pass to open up the running. That’s what makes the Rams offense so prolific. Their run game led by Todd Gurley is just as dangerous as their pass game. Gurley was second in the NFL in rushing yards last year with 1,305 behind Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt who led the league with 1,327 yards. This season Gurley has rushed for 338 yards and scored four touchdowns.
For Seahawks linebacker, Bobby Wagner
stopping Goff will be of prime importance if the Seahawks are going to slow down the high flying Rams.
“Kind of like I said last year, last year was a big jump as far as confidence. I think it’s even more now. I think that the biggest difference too is I think he has more control over the offense, like he has a better understanding of the offense. You can see him out there making checks, you can see him out there reading other defenses and changing the plays. That’s not something that I felt like I seen last year, ” Said Wagner. “He was more confident, but he didn’t have control. You can see the control of the offense and they try to do the high-tempo thing just to kind of get everybody off. You just want to hit him and get him off the spot and try to be in his face as much as possible. He’s a really good quarterback if you let him just sit there and throw the ball, then he’ll pick you apart. We’re not going to just sit there.”
As for Gurley Wagner believes the only way to stop the talented running back is to hit him early and often.
“Hitting him. I think they want to start off passing first really and then it kind of makes you play a little back. Then, that’s when they try to attack you with the run. They have different styles of runs. They got people crossing your face, they got receivers moving, tight ends moving. This is a game that really tests your discipline, it really tests your eyes. You have to be very, very disciplined because they have so many different things. When it comes down to it, if you’re disciplined, you’ll make the plays you need to. We know they’re going to give him the ball. They’re going to get him with screens, they’re going to get him with runs – outside runs, inside runs. Our goal is to meet him everywhere. My goal is to meet him everywhere he goes.”