You want intrigue, I give you Thursday Night Football. And just 3 days after the Rams gassed Jeff Fisher and look to be in the middle of a gut job, they go to Seattle and play the Seahawks. This one could get ugly. Seattle opened as a 12-point favorite. That’s jumped to 16 points already. Imagine what that’d be if the 12s were actually playing good football?
Seattle is coming off an ugly loss to Green Bay, where Russell Wilson played maybe the worst game of his career with five interceptions and the Seahawks defense gave up 38 points to the Packers. Well Jared Goff and his middle school offense are coming to town. And installing all the school yard trick plays in that paper-thin playbook won’t help Todd Gurley or Goff survive tonight.
Not that Seahawks want any part of tonight’s game. Well, at least Richard Sherman doesn’t.
He just famously referred to Thursday Night Football as a quote, “poopfest.” It’s terrible. Sure, but if you have to suck it up after a Sunday night game, and then have a short week poopfest, it may as well be against the Rams.
Then again, no matter what happens, I’m not sure it’s going to tell us anything about the Seahawks. Because a few weeks after looking like one of the most dangerous teams in the NFC, the Seahawks are schizophrenic. Just when it looked like Seattle was rolling they laid that egg against Tampa Bay. After blowing out Carolina they got embarrassed at Green Bay. And even if the 12s lay 50 on the Rams — a team that Jeff Fisher actually had a 3-game winning streak against — will that do anything for them?
It won’t make that offensive line better. It won’t heal Earl Thomas’s leg. And even with zero opposition in the division, Seattle’s got to find a way to build some momentum heading into the playoffs — a three-game run against the Rams, Cardinals and Niners before the postseason.
This one might get ugly. I can’t find a team with less to play for than the Rams. Lose these next three and all they’re doing is helping the Titans draft slot. There’s a ZERO percent shot that Jared Goff is playing in an offense that’ll look anything like the one he’s in next season. And the only guy who has anything riding on these next three weeks is GM Les Snead — who will find out his fate after this train wreck of a season is over.
And you know Peter Carroll — fresh off denying ANY interest in heading back to SoCal to relive the glory days — would love nothing more than to get that penguin swagger going on the sidelines, joking and laughing as they just steamroll a Rams team that’s learning Los Angeles doesn’t care about a loser.