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Week 15 kicks off on Thursday night as the Seattle Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams (NBC, NFL Network, Twitter; 8:25 PM) in an NFC West showdown. The Rams have won the past three meetings between the clubs, including a 9-3 victory at home in Week 2. Los Angeles rookie QB Jared Goff, the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, scored his first career rushing touchdown and RB Todd Gurley added a rushing TD in the Rams’ Week 14 loss against Atlanta. The Seahawks lead the NFC West with an 8-4-1 record and look to win the division title for the third time in the past four years. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has a 98.5 passer rating in his past eight starts against the Rams. Seattle DE Cliff Avril ranks fourth in the NFC with 10 sacks.
|REGULAR SEASON SERIES|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Jeff Fisher: 6-9||Pete Carroll: 7-7|
|LAST WEEK||L 42-14 vs. Atlanta||L 38-10 at Green Bay|
|LAST GAME||9/18/16: Seahawks 3 at Rams 9. Los Angeles K Greg Zuerlein makes 3 FGs & scores all nine points. Rams LB Alec Ogletree has 9 tackles, FF & FR.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/27/15: Rams 23, Seahawks 17. Rams RB Todd Gurley rushes for 83 yards & TD. Rams LB Akeem Ayers has 8 tackles & 2 FR, including 45-yard FR-TD.|
|BROADCAST||NBC/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Mike Holmgren. SIRIUS: 83 (LA), 81 (Sea). XM: 226 (LA), 225 (Sea).|
|PASSING||Jared Goff (R): 75-136-744-4-5-65.3||Russell Wilson: 286-443-3382-13-10-88.1|
|RUSHING||Todd Gurley: 227-740-3.3-5||Thomas Rawls: 72-293-4.1-2|
|RECEIVING||Kenny Britt: 63-937-14.9-5||Doug Baldwin: 74-878-11.9-5|
|SACKS||Aaron Donald: 7||Cliff Avril: 10|
|INTs||Mark Barron: 2||Richard Sherman: 4|
|PUNTING||Johnny Hekker: 47.6||Jon Ryan: 44.8|
|KICKING||Greg Zuerlein: 68 (20/20 PAT; 16/19 FG)||Steven Hauschka: 104 (23/27 PAT; 27/30 FG)|
RAMS: Rookie QB Jared Goff has 4 TD passes in 2 career road games. Had 1st career rush TD in Week 14...RB Todd Gurley rushed for 83 yards & TD in only meeting at Sea…WR-PR Tavon Austin has 22 career TDs (12 rec., 7 rush, 3 PR). WR Kenny Britt has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Has 9 receptions for 143 yards & TD in past 2 vs. Sea. WR Brian Quick had 2 rec. TDs in last road game vs. division...DE Robert Quinn has 4 sacks & 2 FFs in past 5. Since 2012, leads NFL with 18 FFs. Has 11 sacks in 10 career meetings. DT Aaron Donald has 2 sacks & FF in past 3. Has 4 sacks & FF in 5 career meetings. Since 2014, leads NFL DTs with 27 sacks. LB Alec Ogletree ALEC leads team & ranks 4th in NFL with 117 tackles. Has 11+ tackles in 3 of past 4. LB Mark Barron has 18 tackles (9 per game) & INT in past 2 vs. NFC West. S T.J. McDonald has 2 sacks & INT in past 5 on road vs. division.
SEAHAWKS: QB Russell Wilson has 23 TD passes vs. 4 INTs for 105.9 rating in past 14 at home. Has 792 pass yards (264 per game) with 6 TDs & 1 INT for 111.9 rating in past 3 at home vs. NFC West...RB Thomas Rawls has 485 rush yards (97 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 at home…WR Doug Baldwin had 8 receptions for 118 yards & TD in last home meeting. Since 2015, ranks 2nd in NFC with 19 rec. TDs. Since 2012, TE Jimmy Graham leads NFL TEs with 42 TD catches & ranks 2nd with 4,476 rec. yards. Aims for 4th in row at home with TD catch…DE Cliff Avril ranks 4th in NFC with 10 sacks. LB Bobby Wagner leads NFL with 139 tackles. LB K.J. Wright has 49 tackles (8.2 per game), 2 sacks & FF in past 6 at home. Since 2011, CB Richard Sherman leads NFL with 30 INTs.