The Los Angeles Rams will try to rebound from their first loss of 2018 when they play host to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Rams lost 45-35 to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday in New Orleans in a game they trailed 35-14 26 seconds before halftime, rallied to tie the score, then allowed the final 10 points.
The Rams have not lost back-to-back regular-season games in Sean McVay’s two seasons as coach.
The Rams defeated Seattle, 33-31, at Seattle Oct. 7, with the since-cut Cairo Santos kicking the game-winning 39-yard field goal with six minutes, five seconds to play.
The Rams offense is averaging a league-high 447.1 yards per game. The team is third in scoring, averaging 33.2 points per game.
Rams running back Todd Gurley will try to extend his team-record streak of 12 consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown. He took sole possession of the record last Sunday when he ran eight yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Gurley had shared the record with the late Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Elroy Hirsch, who scored touchdowns in 11 consecutive games in the 1950 and 1951 regular seasons.
Gurley leads the NFL with 868 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns and 102 points.
At 8-1, the Rams share the league’s best record with the Kansas City Chiefs. They are off to their best start since 2001, when they were also 8-1, finished the regular-season 14-2 and made their most recent Super Bowl appearance.
Seattle (4-4) has won four of six games following an 0-2 start. Their only losses during the six-game span were to Los Angeles teams. The Seahawks lost home games to the Rams, 33-31, Oct. 7, and to the Chargers, 25-17, last Sunday.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has throw at least two touchdown passes for four consecutive games.
“Seattle is going to go in there and play the way they’ve been playing, run the ball a lot, try to shorten the game,” said Phil Simms, an analyst on CBS’ “The NFL Today.”
“They got a better idea how to defend — maybe — that Los Angeles Rams offense.”
Goff “played the best game” of his three-season NFL career against the Saints, Simms said, completing 28 of 40 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
“That will probably carry over,” Sims said. “He’ll have great confidence.”
The game is the Rams annual Salute to Service military appreciation game, honoring and supporting members of the military.
The Rams will honor servicemen and women who died while serving in the armed forces or from injuries sustained while serving in the post-9/11 era by having each player wear the initials of one of the service members on his helmet.
The families of 22 fallen service men and women from the Los Angeles region and surrounding areas were given the opportunity to attend Saturday’s practice and meet the player who be wearing their family member’s initials on their helmet.
The families will be recognized on the field during a halftime ceremony.
A mass enlistment ceremony will be held before the game.
Offensive starters and Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers will carry out American flags as they run onto the field during player introductions.
Active duty service members from multiple military branches will line up on the sideline during the performance of the national anthem, which will be performed by a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient.
Veterans will join cast members of the CBS military drama “SEAL Team” to light the Coliseum’s torch prior to kickoff.
The Rams will recognize military heroes with in-game “Military Salutes” in both halves. The Rams honor a current or former service member at every home game.
The Rams will recognize Sunday’s100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I by honoring Jim Davies, the last surviving member of his World War II platoon that fought in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany.
Each NFL team designates a home game in November as its Salute to Service game. Players wear camouflage equipment including quarterback towels and captain’s patches. Helmets have decals honoring the branches of the military.
Game-worn Salute to Service merchandise and footballs will be auctioned at NFL.com/Auction. Special camouflage merchandise will be available at NFLShop.com.
The NFL does not profit from the sale of Salute to Service products, a league official said. All charitable contributions are donated to the league’s core military nonprofit partners, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the Pat Tillman Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), USO and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The NFL will donate $5 for every use of the #SalutetoService hashtag on Twitter through Nov. 19 to its military nonprofit partners up to a total of $5 million. The donation will be $25 for each use Sunday for Veterans Day.