How good is this Seahawks team?
Though they haven’t played flashy football so far this year, the Seattle Seahawks are off to a 3-1 record. Though they have played some of the weakest teams in the league, you are who your record says you are, and that means the Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams enter this game on the same footing.
The Rams have played some of the toughest competition in the NFL through four weeks, and are coming off of a stunning loss to a resurgent Tampa Bay squad that put up 55 points on Sunday.
Obviously, LA’s defense needs to improve after giving up 385 yards and four touchdowns to Jameis Winston. When Aaron Donald doesn’t play great, this defense isn’t very threatening. A pick-six from Marcus Peters masked just how terrible this secondary unit played last week.
The Rams’ offense, which has been a bit shaky all year, had a lot of problems in Week 4. Jared Goff turned the ball over 4 times. While it’s hard to put up rushing numbers when playing from behind, the pathetic 30-yard rushing performance from the Rams is also eyebrow-raising.
As the Rams will look to bounce back in this matchup, the Seahawks will try to continue piling up wins with their unremarkable but consistent game play.
Seattle beat a bad Cardinals team last week, just like they have beaten weak Bengals and Steelers squads in prior weeks.
An improved Chris Carson ran for 104 yards, bolstering a so-so Seahawks offense. Will Dissly’s play at tight end continues to impress: He seems to be good for 50 yards and a touchdown every week.
Russell Wilson’s numbers overall have been pedestrian, but the defense ensured they were more than enough. 4 sacks and a Jadeveon Clowney pick-six kept Kyler Murray rattled and ineffective.
While both teams are strong, they have glaring flaws. This game could come down to which team is best at hiding their weaknesses.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
- When: Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8:20pm ET
- Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington
- Streaming: Fox, Amazon Prime, NFL Network (free trials with various streaming services)
How to watch Seahawks vs. Rams online
The majority of Thursday night games are simulcast on Fox and NFL Network. This week, you will be able to watch TNF on these two networks and with any streaming platforms that carry them.
What is NFL Network?
NFL Network is where you go if you want to be immersed in pro football. There’s plenty to love about NFL Network, including the ability to watch exclusive shows like Good Morning Football, NFL Total Access, A Football Life, Inside the NFL, and most importantly, Sunday’s NFL GameDay once the regular season begins. There’s also daily programming devoted to fantasy football and power rankings—the kind of stuff football lovers need in their lives. NFL Network shows most Thursday night games during the regular season, and it’ll exclusively show some of the international games in 2019. Take note, though: NFL Network can no longer be seen via DirecTV Now.
The bottom line: If you want to get closer to the action and catch (almost) every Thursday Night Football game, you need NFL Network.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is probably your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan boasts nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which will allow you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV — which is something you should have as a companion to Sling.
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live TV directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is certainly your best bet. PlayStation works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
- Cost: $8.99 a month, or $12.99 a month/$119.99 per year (includes Amazon Prime service)
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices
Amazon Prime Video allows you to stream Thursday Night Football every Thursday this season (starting Sept. 26 through Dec. 12), save for Thanksgiving. It’s also possible (not obvious, but that’s what we’re here for) to watch NFL RedZone through the service.
Other ways to watch Seahawks vs. Rams online
The NFL app
Cost: Depends on provider
Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, Android RV, iOS and Android devices
If you subscribe to NFL Network through your cable provider—or you know someone who does and they owe you a sizable favor—you can also watch via the official NFL app. All you have to do is download it from your streaming device of choice—Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, or Android TV—and then enter in your cable credentials when prompted. You can also stream on any iOS or Android device, or on your desktop. Just visit nfl.com/watch.
Fantasy Football: Who should I start?
Will Dissly, Tight End: While there is often not enough offensive production to make Seattle wide receivers reliable fantasy options, Dissly remains a go-to tight end week-in and week-out. He is a top ten tight end going forward.
Robert Woods, Wide Receiver: Though Cooper Kupp sometimes gets more (deserved) attention at WR, only 8 receivers sit between the two Rams wideouts on the scoring leader board.
Seahawks vs. Rams: Why it matters
Seattle had a better game than the Rams this week, but they played vastly different opponents. While Tampa Bay has a bad record, they have been in every game they’ve lost so far, right down to the wire. By contrast, the Cardinals look lost with Kyler Murray at the helm.
Both Seattle and Los Angeles have had so-so offenses through four weeks. Jared Goff hadn’t thrown for over 300 yards until last week and Russell Wilson is only averaging 285 through the air per game.
Though the Rams were a solid defense through Week 3, last week’s performance was abysmal. The once-vaunted Seattle D has been middling at best, despite flashes of brilliance here and there.
Overall, these are two soft 3-1 teams in a tough division also featuring an undefeated 49ers team coming off a bye week.
Neither team looks dominant, and both of them are going to want to stack up wins to better hide their nagging flaws as they each eye the NFC West crown.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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