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Come talk about Rams - Seahawks Thursday Night Football in Week 5

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It’s a showdown between two vaguely disappointing NFC West contenders.

Seattle Seahawks v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Rams should be the class of the NFC. The Seahawks should be just behind them. In reality, neither team has lived up to expectations thus far.

That is more pronounced with the Rams, who are leaning hard into the Super Bowl slump. Jared Goff has been pretty mediocre, Sean McVay is refusing to lean on the ground game—in particular Todd Gurley—and refusing to say why, and the defense hasn’t been able to entirely hold teams in check. There’s too much talent here to write them off, but they haven’t looked like the juggernaut they ought to be.

The same is true of the Seahawks, but to a lesser extent. They’ve had issues with turnovers and defensive acumen but still are a quality football team, one you’d expect to be in the playoff mix all season long.

Both teams, despite the early sluggishness, are 3-1 and light years ahead of some of the other would-be contenders in the NFC, so those slight misgivings shouldn’t deter you from watching this game. It should be a good one, and the winner will be within striking distance of the 49ers at the top of the division.