The Seattle Seahawks plan to continue their week one feat as they bring back Thomas Rawls as starting running back. The Seahawks will give Case Keenum and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams another night of misery.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told NFL.com that with Rawls back healthy, they would be able to catch the Rams flat-footed when they meet on the field. Rawls will take over the running back chores from Christine Michael, who had proven his worth to the squad when Rawls was nursing an injured ankle.
Despite Michael getting the ball more efficiently towards the end zone, the Seahawks have always been in favor in having Rawls in the starting unit. Carroll stressed that the Seahawks now has the luxury of having two efficient and hard-working running backs that would complement Russell Wilson.
“He [Rawls] was our starter last year and C-Mike has done a great job for us,” said Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “I don’t think in any way do we need to decrease what he has done. He’s done a phenomenal job he’ll still get the opportunity to carry the ball. But Thomas has been our guy and you could see it in the game — it was good to have him back. He’s a physical runner, he’s got the style that we look for, the tenacity that we look for and he kind of embodies who we want and he looked healthy and as long as he is healthy he is that guy.”
Carroll explained that he never plays favorites among his players and determined to use that flexibility to score the win Sunday. However, despite their 12-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins the Seahawks are a hard sell against the Rams. In fact, the Rams take a -115 bet in the odds against to the -110 of the Seahawks.
It would seem that the Rams victory over the Seahawks in the past two seasons have the basis for the favors to shift their way. This, despite that the Rams failed to score a single point during their match against the 49ers.
Things could shift either way as the Seahawks are still trying to decide if Wilson is fit to play after suffering an ankle injury. Though many know that Wilson will still insist on fighting through his injury as he wants to give his team its second straight win.
If Wilson gets cleared to take the snaps on Sunday, odds might return in their favor as their running backs will have a busy day ahead of them. It is hard to take a side as early at this point but the Seahawks defense will preferably hold against the home team.
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