In the Seattle Seahawks 20-9 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in week 16 of the regular season, D. K. Metcalf grabbed six catches for a total of 59 yards. Now, just a few days ahead of their rematch in the playoffs, the Rams accuse the Seahawks of hiding their star receiver.
As a few Rams players have noted, the Seahawks often avoided matching up Metcalf with Jalen Ramsey.
This comes as a contrast to the first meeting between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks in week 10. In this game, D. K. Metcalf spent most of his snaps covered by Jalen Ramsey, the Rams lockdown corner. Ramsey held Metcalf to only two receptions for 29 yards in this matchup. As a result, the Seahawks changed their game plan going into week 16 to get Metcalf some more looks.
Leading up to their third matchup of the season in the NFC Wildcard round, Los Angeles Rams safety, John Johnson joked about the Seahawks “trying to hide” D. K. Metcalf. “I know one thing, No. 20 wasn’t happy about it,” Johnson told The Athletic. “He looked forward to that matchup…You don’t want to get him angry.”
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Jalen Ramsey, however, did not exactly share the same sentiment as John Johnson on the matchup. Where Johnson thought the Seahawks hid Metcalf, Ramsey believes the Los Angeles Rams themselves needed to make an adjustment.
“I don’t know if I would say the right terminology is ‘hiding’ him,” Ramsey said on the matchup. “I don’t think that’s it, I don’t think DK Metcalf has to hide from anybody. But they felt it was in the best interest of their offense and their team to move him around in different areas so he could take advantages of opportunities potentially that he had that could help heir offense and help their team get a win, which you could say they were effective in doing. So now we have to find a way to combat that.”
At the same time, Ramsey did talk about how he felt like the matchup between the best receiver and the best defender is important. “I feel, personally, that it should be like big on big,” Ramsey told the Associated Press, via Pro Football Talk. “If you believe you have a top guy, I’m looked at as a top guy, we should be matched up against each other a fair amount of times, as you see happens with other teams. In the Cardinals game, for instance, it was me and D-Hop matched up against each other all the time. The first Seahawks game, it was that way, me and DK matched up across from each other all the time.”