Pete Carroll will lead the Seattle Seahawks onto the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turf to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Back when Carroll was at the University of Southern California, his teams filled the historic stadium with a brand of football that was as entertaining as it was successful.
And one of the teams in Sunday’s game arrives with a similar reputation, but can it really be the Rams?
To the players’ credit, they’ve made a handful of plays, new Rams coach Sean McVay said.
Make that a fistful at least. The Rams (3-1) look nothing like last year’s team that was built around a running game stuck in the mud and a defense that bent and broke.
Instead, quarterback Jared Goff has shed a shaky rookie season and is directing a multi-pronged attack that has collected an NFL-high 142 points.
So excuse the Seahawks (2-2) if they don’t recognize this revitalized L.A. unit. The Rams split their two games with the Seahawks last year, but they didn’t score a touchdown in either game.
Chicago’s defense has offered reason for hope in an otherwise ugly start to the season. The Bears are No. 8 in the NFL in total defense with 306.3 yards allowed per game.
However, that defense will be short-handed as linebacker Danny Trevathan serves a one-game suspension for his hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams in Week 4. Trevathan initially was suspended two games for the helmet-to-helmet hit before the league cut the penalty.
Both teams have three takeaways this season. The Bears have 10 giveaways — tied for most in the NFL with Cleveland — compared with four by the Vikings.
This marks the 113th meeting with the Vikings leading the series 58-52-2. The Bears have won eight of the last nine meetings at Soldier Field.