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A Battle Of The Backs: Rams vs. Seahawks Preview

Posted By Chaz Ingram On Nov 16 2011 @ 4:22 pm In St. Louis Rams | 1 Comment

[1]The St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks will face each other this Sunday with very little on the line regarding each  team’s regular season. However, the game will have some impact on each team’s position in next year’s draft.  But knowing Seattle’s head coach Pete Carroll and the Rams’ head coach Steve Spagnuolo this game is about pride and has nothing to with draft positioning.

Both teams have experienced slow starts to their season and will look to continue their winning ways after victories last week. The Seahawks defeated the Baltimore Ravens 22-17 to improve to 3-6 while the Rams eked out a 13-12 win over the hapless Cleveland Browns to earn their second win of the season against seven losses. 

Seattle’s impressive victory over the Ravens, a team that manhandled the Rams earlier in the season winning 37-7, will make them the favorite for this week’s game against St. Louis. And they will most likely continue to pound the ball on the ground with running back Marshawn Lynch. [2]

In his last two games Lynch has rushed for 135 and 109 yards respectively and has rushed for a total of 507 yards on the season.  As a team the Seahawks  averaged 140.5 yards for those games which were against two of the top rushing defenses in the league, the Dallas Cowboys and Ravens.  St. Louis is allowing a league worst 150.6 yards per game on the ground. This can get real ugly if the Rams are unable to contain Lynch. 

[3]The Rams will counter with a newfound power punch of their own in running back Steven Jackson. Jackson has rushed for over 100 yards in his previous three games after having none in the team’s first six games.  The Seahawks are giving up 106. 4 yards per game on the ground.

Given the fact that both teams lack real threats in the receiving corps the defense will most likely cheat a bit to protect against the run. This could open things for both quarterbacks who, despite slow starts to their seasons are capable of  getting the ball downfield if an opportunity presents itself. [4]

The Seahawks’ Tavaris Jackson has passed for 1,773 yards (ranked 21st in the league), 6 TD’s against 9 interceptions.  Rams’ QB Sam Bradford has experienced the sophomore jinx in what has been a disappointing season so far. His 1,587 yards are good for 25th in the league and has more fumbles (7) than TD’s (4). Bradford is coming off a rookie season that saw him win the rookie of the year award while passing for over 3,500 yards. After nine games in 2010 Bradford had passed for 1,925 yards and had 12 TD’s against 8 interceptions.  In his defense Bradford has missed two games this year.

[5]Newly acquired WR Brandon Lloyd is Bradford’s best option down field and could have a potentially productive day if  Carroll chooses to stack the line to guard against the run. Acquired in a trade from the Denver Broncos earlier in the season, Lloyd has been somewhat of a relief among the receiving corps in his four games with the Rams. Despite his brief tenure with the team Lloyd has caught two of Bradford’s four TD’s and ranks fourth on the team with 255 receiving yards. 

If the Rams can finally put together a balanced attack they could notch another one in the win column.

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