Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rams vs. Seahawks Game Preview

The St. Louis Rams will face a similar foe today in the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks much like the Cleveland Browns and our own St. Louis Rams suffer from a lack of offense and a ton of injuries. Seattle has lost the entire right side of their offensive line in Tackle John Moffitt and Guard James Carpenter. Chris Long should be able to take huge advantage of this and get after Tavaris Jackson all day.

On offense Seattle has been led by Marshawn Lynch who is hot of late with back to back 100 yard efforts against the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. If Lynch can run against those two teams he can certainly run against the Rams. Through the air the Seahawks like to strike deep with Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice who both average over 15 yards per catch. Tavaris Jackson is still in the bottom tier of quarterbacks and is 154 of 254 for 1773 yards 6 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions with a QB rating of 74.8.

The St. Louis Rams have their own struggles as they will be without their starting tackles Rodger Saffold who tore a pectoral muscle this week and will be out for the season and Jason Smith who has been out due to a concussion for several weeks. The Rams are still led by Steven Jackson who seemed to single handedly beat the Cleveland Browns last week with his will and determination. Look for the Rams to pound the rock all day again with Jackson. Through the air young Sam Bradford is still struggling. With the rotation offensive line, receivers and new system it is to be expected but the excuses need to stop and he simply needs to make some plays.

This game will be another battle of field position and ball control. Look for the punters to have a huge say in the outcome of this one. Jon Ryan and Donnie Jones are two of the best in the business. In the return game Austin Pettis or Leon Washingon could make the difference.

The Rams always seem to take Seattle for granted. This is a game where both teams coming in say we should win this one. Seattle plays very hard for Pete Carroll and with a lot of emotion and that could be the difference today. Seattle is coming off a huge win against Baltimore and I just trust them more. Seattle has played more consistent and been in more of their games. In addition the Rams are super conservative behind coach Steve Spagnuolo, their red zone offense is terrible and Sam Bradford only has four touchdown passes. I look for the Seahawks to get by in a close one.

Prediction Seattle Seahawks 17 - St. Louis Rams 16

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