The Seattle Seahawks(3-7), losers of four of their last five, hope to get a gimme this week when they travel to St. Louis to take on the lowly Rams(1-9)
INJURIES: Running back Julius Jones is listed as a game-time decision with a bruised lung, though coach Jim Mora has sounded less optimistic about Jones' chances of playing as the week progressed. That means another episode of The Justin Forsett Show is in order against this flimsy Rams defense.
For the Rams, star running back Steven Jackson has missed practice nearly all week with back spasms, but is confident that he'll be ready to go against Seattle. Both Jones and Jackson are listed as questionable.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Seahawks RB Justin Forsett – With each opportunity to distance himself from other candidates for the starting RB job in 2010, Forsett has not wasted any time stealing the show. In the last two weeks, where Forsett has seen the most action, he rushed for 123 yards on what was a stout Cardinals run defense and then followed up that performance by flashing some receiving skills in his 8 catches for 80 yard day against Minnesota. This week, he draws a Rams defense that is giving up 146 yards on the ground per game this season. With Seattle's season unsalvageable, a big game here could be the final nail in the coffin for the Julius Jones Error and might give whomever is running things this winter one less position to fill this offseason.
KEY MATCHUP:Rams RB Steven Jackson vs. Seahawks run D – With the Seahawks outgunning the Rams in practically every category, St. Louis' best chances of pulling off the upset lie on the massive shoulders of Steven Jackson. Jackson has rushed for over 100 yards in his last four games and, as the Rams only offensive weapon, his success against this Seahawks defense will help tremendously not only by allowing QB Kyle Boller to do less but also by keeping Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck and Seattle's versatile offense off the field by eating up some clock. If the Seahawks can find a way to shut down the 6'2, 236lb Jackson, then we could be looking at a replay of Seattle's Week 1 shutout.
OUTLOOK:At this point, the Seahawks are playing to save head coach Jim Mora's job(and perhaps even GM Tim Ruskell, though that might be a lost cause). A win here will match last year's win total and with Tampa Bay in two weeks being the only real winnable game on the remaining schedule, the focus for players on this Seahawks team should be auditioning themselves for a spot on this roster next year.
That being said, there is no reason the Seahawks shouldn't steamroll St. Louis(a team they gave a 28-0 shellacking the last time they met in the season opener). The Seahawks have won nine straight against the Rams and with Forsett finally giving this Seahawks offense the ground game it has desperately needed, there is no reason to believe this won't be #10. I expect a healthy dose of T.J. Houshmanzadeh(because Lord knows we won't hear the end of it if he doesn't get his numbers here) as well as a balanced show of rushing and receiving from Forsett. Sprinkle in a Thriller-style rise from the dead from this Seahawk pass rush and a couple of Boller interceptions, and this one should be over by halftime.
SCORE: Seahawks 35, Rams 7
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