Seahawks Week 11
This week the Seahawks face NFC West rival St. Louis Rams but before we look at this week lets take a moment to cherish last weeks win against the Ravens.
Reviewing the Ravens Game
For the second week in a row Seahawks running back gained 100+ yards on the ground. This is the first time in his career he has had back to back 100 yard games. Marshawn also led the team with 58 yards receiving for a total yards from scrimmage of 167 yards.
The Seahawks protected the ball on offense and in the return game having no turn overs but went after the ball on defense (1 Interception by David Hawthorne) and causing two fumbles on special teams.
The Seahawks started fast putting up 10 points in the first quarter on a team that had only given up 13 first quarter points all season. The defense kept the Ravens off the score board until the second quarter and then didn’t allow them to score again until there was 52 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Seahawks defense held Ray Rice to just 27 yards rushing and a team total of 75 yards and 32 of those came off a couple end arounds.
Steven Hauschka tied a Seahawks record with 5 made field goals during the win.
The Seahawks were unable to punch the ball in when they had the ball in the red zone (1 for 5) forcing them to settle for field goals. This helped the Ravens stay in the game when they could have really put them away early.
13 penalties for 100 yards is not a recipe for success in the NFL. I would agree that they get some pretty lame calls but once a team gets a reputation for being undisciplined they tend to get more calls going against them.
The Seahawks were beat up during the game and suffered several injuries the worst of which was to starting right guard John Moffitt (Knee) who will require surgery and miss the rest of the season.
A look at the Rams
The Rams have struggled to move the ball through the air this season ranking 26th in the NFL with less than 200 yards per game. They have faired a bit better running the ball averaging 113.8 yards per game which is good enough for 16th. They have trouble scoring and ranked 32nd in the league averaging just 12.6 points.
Sam Bradford is the teams quarterback and having a tough time in his second season. Rams running back Steven Jackson is well on his way to breaking the 1,000 yards mark with 707 yards so far this season. Brandon Lloyd is the teams leading receivers in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball they are in the top half in yards given up through the air allowing 220.8 yards per game but they are terrible defending the run and rank dead last giving up over 150 yards per contest.
Linebacker James Laurinaitis leads the team in tackles with 71 and defensive end Chris long leads the team with 8 sacks. No one on the team has more then one interception.
Thing to take note of this week
I want to see how the team responds to the injuries. Are the next guys in line going to step up and fill the void or are they going to let injuries define them? Against this team they should have no problem running for over 100 yards and I would say anything less will be a disappointment.
I want to see how the team responds after beating one of the best teams in the AFC last week. Are they the ones who are going to have a let down after a big win this time?
Weekly roster moves
Seahawks placed RG John Moffitt on the injured Reserve (IR)and signed guard Paul Fanaika who had been on the practice squad before being released by the team last week.
RT James Carpenter will be added to IR after tearing his ACL in practice wednesday but has not been yet.
Keys to a Seahawks victory
Tarvaris Jackson finding a way to move the ball through the air. St. Louis is fairly strong against the pass but the teams must be able to find a way to take pressure off the running game.
Make Sam Bradford turn the ball over. He has fumbled 7 times and thrown 4 interceptions this season so far. A turn over of two could put the Seahawks in position to get some easy points in a game where we shouldn’t see a lot of scoring.
Keep Steven Jackson in check and force the Rams to try and beat them through the air. The team is weakest at receiver and it should be a matchup the Seahawks can take advantage of with their young secondary.
News and weekly injury report
As I stated earlier Moffitt is on IR and Carpenter is headed there so neither will be available this week or any this season.
DT Anthony Hargrove (hamstring) Did not practice
S Atari Bigby (hamstring) Did not practice
TE Cameron Morrah (toe/knee) Full participation
SS Kam Chancellor (head) Full participation
QB Tarvaris Jackson (Pectoral) Full Participation
WR Doug Baldwin (head) Full Participation
WR Sidney Rice (head) Full Participation
LB David Voborah (head) Full Participation
Full participation: QB Sam Bradford
Limited participation: WR Danario Alexander (thigh), LB Josh Hull (hamstring), LB Bryan Kehl (ankle), TE Lance Kendricks (foot), CB Justin King (head), RB Jerious Norwood (hamstring), RT Rodger Saffold (Head), DE Eugene Sims (shoulder), and S Darian Stewart (neck)
Did not Practice: WR Brandon Gibson (groin), RT Jason Smith (head) and RB Cadillac Williams (calf)
How to catch the game
Channel 13 or 113 (HD) in Seattle on Cable at 1:05 PT or channel 2 in St. Louis
Listen on 710 AM in Seattle or 101.1 FM in St. Louis