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THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-1) V LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-1)

Week 5 of the NFL’s 100th season kicks off on Thursday, October 3, as the Los Angeles Rams travel to CenturyLink Field to visit the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC West showdown. Los Angeles and Seattle meet for the 42nd time in the regular season, with the Seahawks holding the all-time series advantage, 23-18. The Rams defeated Seattle by a combined seven points across both matchups in 2018, winning 33-31 in Seattle in Week 5 and 36-31 in Los Angeles in Week 10.

In Week 4, Seattle defeated Arizona, 27-10, improving to 3-1 on the season. Quarterback RUSSELL WILSON completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6 percent) for 240 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions for a 114.3 passer rating against the Cardinals, and leads all NFC quarterbacks in passer rating (118.7) entering Week 5. Tight end WILL DISSLY recorded his fourth receiving touchdown of the season last week, the most among tight ends in 2019. He became the first tight end with at least four touchdown receptions through his team’s first four games of a season since ROB GRONKOWSKI (four in 2015) and just the fourth tight end since 1970 to record at least six touchdown receptions in his first eight career games. Linebacker BOBBY WAGNER registered a team-leading 11 tackles in the Week 4 win and is one of two players (LUKE KUECHLY) with at least 100 tackles in every season since entering the league in 2012.

Last week, Los Angeles quarterback JARED GOFF set career highs in completions (45) and passing yards (517) in the Rams’ Week 4 loss. Goff’s 45 completions tied DREW BLEDSOE (45 completions on November 13, 1994) for the most completions in a single game in NFL history. Rams running back TODD GURLEY recorded 70 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns in Week 4 and leads all running backs in scrimmage yards (6,711) and scrimmage touchdowns (59) since 2015. In his past two games at Seattle, Gurley has 293 scrimmage yards (146.5 per game) and seven total touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving). Los Angeles wide receiver COOPER KUPP leads the NFC with 388 receiving yards through four weeks, including three consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards. In his past three games against Seattle, Rams defensive tackle AARON DONALD has 6.5 sacks, six tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

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