Positives: Russell Wilson - It's been well established that this offense is the Russell Wilson show. Though there has been some excitement recently about Mike Davis' performances, but I just feel that the team needs more than a couple 60 yard rushing performances at 4.0 ypc (how far we have fallen - Rawls had to get 200 yards before people would consider him a successor to Lynch). With the problems on defense, Russell will have to play lights out (a repeat of 2014's Rams game would be a start). CenturyLink - Though not the home field this year it has been, the Seahawks really need home cooking right now. The season is on the line with this game. A loss severely jeopardizes their chances at the playoffs. Earl Thomas - If Wagner can't go today, Earl will be the last of the defensive leaders left standing. He will have to play his mind out if the Hawks D is going to keep the #2 scoring offense from looking like a high flying offense (like they did earlier in LA). Negatives: Todd Gurley - Gurley really has returned to his rookie season form after a down year last year. He has failed to reach 100 yards rushing in his last 6 games, and he'd love to break that streak this week after Seattle gave him his worst performance of the season in week 5. Aaron Donald - Donald is a disruptor, and with the Hawks interior OLine mediocre at best (ugh) he's going to be a challenge to keep out of the backfield all day. Seattle will have to find a way to keep him from being disruptive in both the pass a run. Greg Zuerlein - This dude is an amazing weapon for a team that looks to score every drive. He allows the offense to take chances while still being able to put points on the board. Leads the league in PATs and FGs, and is and amazing 18-19 from 40 yards or more. Matchups: Robert Woods/Cooper Kupp vs. Byron Maxwell/Shaq Griffin - The Rams' top 2 receivers combine for 103 catches, 1486 yards and 8 TDs. They aren't the fastest receivers in the league, but they are very good at finding ways to get open and making the catch. Kupp would love to get redemption for the drop in the end zone week 5. Robert Saffold/John Sullivan/Jamon Brown vs. Jarran Reed/Sheldon Richardson - Goff has been lights out this season, but I'd still make him beat us over Gurley. When you take the run away, the Rams offense is a different beast. Easier said than done these days, and that was the goal against Jacksonville - and it failed - and that game started with a healthy Wright and Wagner. Pharoh Cooper vs. Coverage - A long return was one of the big plays that cost Seattle the game last week. It hurts all the more because Seattle is usually very good at coverage - less than 7 ypr on punts other than the 75 yarder. Cooper is having an amazing season as a kick returner, and the Seahawks have to stop him if they want to keep the Rams in long fields. Overview: This is it. The playoffs start right now. A loss this week and the Seahawks are looking up at a 2 game deficit in the division and if Atlanta wins, 2 games in the Wild Card as well. With 2 games to go, it'll be next to impossible to make that up. Add in Green Bay with Rodgers back having the tie breaker against us as well (an we only have a 1 game lead over them) and it shows that Seattle's playoff hopes could be severely dashed if they can't win today.