For Matthew Stafford, his first taste of the Rams-Seahawks rivalry will come in a place he’s never won before: Seattle.
SEATTLE – Even before moving to the NFC West, Matthew Stafford I could feel the intensity of when the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.
His first taste of the rivalry will come in a place where he has never won before.
“I could feel it in the distance when I was not here,” he said. Stafford. “You know that there are two teams with a lot of pride. They both play at a high level. Really well run teams with a lot of success. So, I’m excited to be a part of it. It’s exciting to get my first taste of it. “
After seeing their undefeated start to the season ended last Sunday, the Rams (3-1) quickly face another divisional duel against the Seahawks (2-2) on Thursday nights.
For Stafford, this is your first visit to Seattle since January 2017, when Detroit lost to Seahawks by 26-6 in the Playoff Wild Card Round. He is 0-3 in his career in Seattle, and 1-3 in general against the Seahawks.
Stafford enjoy a hot start with the Rams, accumulating 1,222 yards and 11 touchdown passes against two interceptions and 9.1 yards per complete pass. But, it comes from their least impressive performance of the four, in the defeat of the Rams 37-20 against Arizona cardinals The last Sunday.
“I think I can tell you that the coaches really trust Matthew and give him a lot of latitude to throw the ball and stretch the field,” admitted the head coach of Seattle, Pete Carroll. “It is obvious that they are really excited by what it brings.”
The Seahawks ended a two-game losing streak with a win over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday, shaking off the sense of urgency of his latest chapter in front of the Rams. It is no longer a mandatory match for Seattle, but with a favorable calendar in the coming weeks, the Seahawks can go from merely participating in the division, to competing squarely in the race for the NFC West in a matter of five days.
There is also the bitter memory of last January, when the Rams delivered to Seattle his first defeat at home Playoffs in 16 years.
“The game of Playoffs, we did not go out to play fair in all sectors “, confessed the quarterback of Seattle, Russell Wilson. “The most important thing is to find a way to win the game. It is always the most important thing. We had a chance there, they ended up scoring late and the game got away from us. It’s all about this year, this opportunity, and what we can do. “