The Post’s Big Game of Week 10 features two angry teams playing against each other Sunday with respective scores to settle. It, too, is one of only two games on the NFL schedule this weekend pitting two teams with winning records against each other.
The 6-2 Seahawks are coming off last week’s sloppy, 44-33 loss to the Bills. The 5-3 Rams are coming off a 28-17 loss to the Dolphins and, with last week their bye, they’ve had to stew on it for an extra week.
“You’ve got that disappointing feeling of not accomplishing what we felt like we were supposed to,” Rams coach Sean McVay said before the bye. “Unfortunately, you’ve got to kind of sit on this a little bit longer than what you’d like, but you can’t allow it to linger too long.”
The Rams, with a win Sunday, would move into a tie with the Seahawks for first place in the NFC West.
With the Seahawks, Cardinals (5-3) and 49ers (4-5) all losing last week, it turned out to be a pretty productive bye week.
“It was a pretty solid bye week,’’ Rams receiver Cooper Kupp said. “They did us some favors there.”
Four of the six games between the Rams and the Seahawks since McVay started coaching L.A. have been decided by six or fewer points.
“We’re good,” Rams receiver Robert Woods told reporters. “We’re not great.”
Where the Rams are best, though, is on defense — allowing an average of 19 points per game, which ranks third in the league. The Rams are yielding an average of 94.8 rushing yards per game (fourth in the league) and 197.1 passing yards per game (second in the league).
They’ll need it against Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson — who’s probably the leading candidate for league MVP this season, having thrown for 2,541 yards and 28 touchdowns. That projects to 5,082 yards and 56 TDs by the end of the year
Wilson is coming off completing 28 of 41 for 390 yards with two TDs and two INTs in last week’s loss. He also lost two fumbles.
Seattle’s DK Metcalf (seven catches for 108 yards and a TD last week) is one of the most dynamic players in the game right now.
On the other side of the ball, Rams quarterback Jared Goff may have a chance to fatten his stats against a Seattle defense that has struggled, ranked last in the NFL. The Seahawks have allowed more passing yards through eight games than any team in NFL history.
“I don’t think any of us had thought at this point that we’d be playing like we are,’’ Seahawks defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. told reporters during the week. “The numbers aren’t nowhere [near] where we expect it to be. Some things are going well but a lot of things aren’t.’’
The Rams have won four of the past six meetings against Seattle, yet Goff has thrown eight INTs and lost four fumbles in his eight career games against the rivals.
The Seahawks defense — which has allowed 243 points, the most in the division — should be helped by safety Jamal Adams, who returned to the lineup last week after missing four games with a groin injury, and by Pro Bowl defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who was acquired in a trade with the Bengals on Oct. 28 and had a sack and two quarterback hits in his Seahawks debut last week.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll also said there’s a “really good chance” former All-Pro defensive tackle Damon Harrison will make his Seahawks debut Sunday.
“I’m counting on it,” Carroll said.
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