Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams Week 2 game.
(-3.5) Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Los Angeles Rams (0-1), 4:05 p.m.
Mike: Rams. Let’s get weird. The Rams have one clear strength, and it’s up front on defense. The Seahawks struggle like hell to protect the quarterback. Russell Wilson is expected to go, but he’ll do so with a sprained ankle, limiting his mobility and making him a relatively stationary target for Aaron Donald and friends.
Ricky: Seahawks. The Seahawks’ defense is very good. The Rams’ offense is very bad. I understand the uncertainty surrounding Russell Wilson’s status, but I just can’t see how Los Angeles can put up enough points to stay competitive.
Andre: Seahawks. The Seahawks lost to the Rams twice last season, but the L.A. offense looked inept against a bad 49ers team. However, I can’t see that performance somehow translating into a win against the Seahawks, especially on short rest. Plus, Pete Carroll will return to the Coliseum for the first time since his USC days. It’s basically a home game for him.
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