Through 14 weeks of the 2017 NFL season, the Los Angeles Rams have established themselves as one of the most improved teams in the league. Under Sean McVay and Wade Phillips, the Rams are currently one of the most complete and balanced squads in the NFL and are first place in the NFC West.
However, their Week 15 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks is perhaps their greatest test to date given what is at stake. The Seahawks are only one game out of first place in the division and a Seattle win would give them control over Los Angeles.
According to Rams, Alec Ogletree is well aware of the magnitude of their upcoming game:
"We know we’re in first place. In order for us to stay there, we have to win this game."#LAvsSEA pic.twitter.com/bPynr4TEh2
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 16, 2017
The Seahawks have already beaten the Rams during the 2017 NFL season in Week 5, and Week 15 represents an opportunity for Los Angeles to even the series. Despite being thin on the defensive side of the ball, Seattle will still be tough to score against given their home-field advantage and battle-tested defensive front.
McVay has already acknowledged he would like to get Todd Gurley more involved in the offense, which is a good sign given that Seattle could be without Bobby Wagner for the game. It will be interesting to see if the Rams will be able to pull out a win in one of the most difficult places to play in the NFL.