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NFL Week 15 Preview: Rams at Seahawks

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 14, 2017

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Nov 12, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA;Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) carries the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams visit the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 8

Coverage by: Mike Cahill

Matchup: Los Angeles Rams offense vs. Seattle Seahawks defense

  • RB Todd Gurley vs. Seahawks run defense – Over the Rams’ last three games, Gurley has averaged a first down or a touchdown on 27.5 percent of his 51 rush attempts (league average is 18.9 percent). He also recorded a first down or touchdown on 61.5 percent of his 16 targets in the passing game (league average is 34.5) during that span. He ranks second and first among running backs in the two categories, respectively. In the same stretch of games, he has also forced a league-leading 20 missed tackles, and his 31.3 forced missed tackle rate ranks second. The elusiveness Gurley has been contributing is something he was unable to do against the Seahawks in their Week 5 meeting, where he forced his lowest total of missed tackles on the season with one, earning his lowest grade of the season at 38.5. In their last three games, the Seahawks are ranked sixth in lowest missed tackle rate, averaging a missed tackle on 10.7 percent of their tackle attempts. The Seahawks have gone 3-1 in games where running backs aren’t able to force more than one missed tackle against them, while going 5-5 in games where running backs force 3 or more missed tackles.

Todd Gurley, running back, Los Angeles Rams

PFFELO Ranking: 9

Coverage by: Mike Cahill

Matchup: Seattle Seahawks offense vs. Los Angeles Rams defense

Doug Baldwin, wide receiver, Seattle Seahawks

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