Last season, the St. Louis Rams played exceptionally well against their NFC West rivals; and they were awarded a prime time, nationally televised game against the Seattle Seahawks this year. As we get closer to this Monday night faceoff, those in charge of scheduling are starting to cringe as we can expect to see an old fashion beat down.
The St. Louis Rams (3-4) made a lot of noise this past offseason as they brought in more weapons to surround quarterback Sam Bradford. Thus far they have all been a disappointment.
The Seahawks (6-1) on the other hand, have picked up right from where they left off last season, establishing themselves as the best team in the conference. Although the two teams split the season series last year, it is highly unlikely the Seahawks will have trouble this time around.
The Rams are playing at home, which is supposed to give them a little bit of a home field advantage. But being that it is a baseball town first, most fans will be a couple miles down the street watching their St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
This will also be the first game this season that staring QB Bradford will not be lining up under center as he is done for the year after tearing his ACL. Kellen Clemens will get the call against the Seahawks, and he has some familiarity with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
The Rams are hoping this familiarity will give the team a fighting chance against their divisional foes. The Rams have found somewhat of a running game in rookie running back Zac Stacy and will rely on him to create a balanced game plan.
Although the Seahawks have an almost unblemished record they do have some areas for concern. Their offensive line has played inconsistently and they’ve had some injuries up front as well. The Rams will need to take advantage and get to Russell Wilson if they want any chance at a W. Robert Quinn is having a great year, leading the NFC in sacks with seven. He needs to be a nightmare for Wilson and the boys up front.
The biggest area for concern for the Rams is their run defense. They are currently ranked 30th in rushing and are facing the league’s 2nd leading rusher in Marshawn Lynch. The Rams have given up big games to big names like Frank Gore, DeMarco Murray and Arian Foster. Hopefully the Rams have learned from their mistakes and have a solid game plan in shutting Lynch down.
I expect the Seahawks to come out guns blazing from their first possession and never giving the Rams a chance to get into a rhythm. Even with the Seahawks concerns up front they are still running like a well-oiled machine. The Rams have so much going against them; it will be difficult for the team to overcome so much against an elite team.
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