With positive COVID-19 numbers skyrocketing, particularly with the Los Angeles Rams, the NFL made the decision to postpone the Rams’ home game against the Seahawks from Sunday to Tuesday. The Rams had 18 players (including from the practice squad) on the reserve/COVID-19 list as recently Tuesday morning, including four starters — safety Jordan Fuller, right tackle Rob Havenstein, tight end Tyler Higbee and linebacker Von Miller. The Seahawks could be without star receiver Tyler Lockett, who was also on the COVID list as of Tuesday morning.

Heading into this showdown with the Seahawks, Los Angeles has plenty at stake, needing a win to tie the Arizona Cardinals for first place in the division (Arizona holds the tiebreaker by having a better division record). The Rams can also inch closer toward locking up a playoff berth with a victory.

Seattle is also in the playoff hunt, 1.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the NFC. The Seahawks need a victory if they are going to remain in the playoff race, making the battle with the Rams their biggest game of the year. 

Can the Rams keep pressure on the Cardinals? Will the Seahawks remain alive in the wild NFC wild card standings? Here’s a preview of the rare Tuesday matchup: 

How to watch

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 21 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California)
TV: Fox | Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Rams -7, O/U 45.5

Key matchups

Russell Wilson vs. Cover-3 defense

The Rams like to run a Cover-3 defense — and Russell Wilson enjoys that type of matchup. Los Angeles has the third-highest rate of Cover-3 defense in the NFL, lining up in Cover-3 43% of the time. Wilson has seen his fair share of Cover-3 this year, having a passer rating of 104.7 (eighth-highest in the NFL) and a touchdown rate of 3.8% (fifth-best in league). 

Wilson is coming off one of his best games of the year in a win over the…

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