Okay, if anything the Seattle Seahawks should be the saviours of the National Football League.
A week after winning on what 90% of Americans said was the wrong call, the NFL caved in and gave the real refs exactly what they wanted, and at the same time made Roger Goodell look like an imbecile.
But, there is still another football game to be played, so let’s savor the victory, and put the controversy to bed like Goodell did to the replacement refs.
Matchup: Seattle vs. St. Louis
Venue: Edward Jones Dome
Time: 10:00 AM (local)
Date: September 30th, 2012
Team Records: Seattle (2-1) St. Louis (1-2)
Standings: Seahawks T-2nd NFC West. Rams 4th NFC West
Game notes/How they match up
With the way the Seahawks defense has played this season, the Rams offense will have a lot of problems moving the ball.
Even if Steven Jackson is able to go, the Hawks devastating run D will put him in his place early. Look for Isaiah Pead to get more carries than usual.
Sam Bradford has shown some life in him, even though that is a tough task when playing for the Rams. He did light up the Lions defense two weeks back, but the Lions D isn’t the Seahawks D, so I don’t think a rerun of the performance will be in order on Sunday.
The Seahawks will be trying their hardest to put the mess of last Monday’s game behind them, and given the way NFL fans respond to lesser calls, the boo birds will most likely be out every time Golden Tate touches the ball.
What to watch: Seattle
This could possibly be the best matchup for the Hawks after a game like last week.
Russell Wilson will be facing his most favorable defense yet of his young career, so I expect his numbers to be a little more offensive this week.
Same can be said about Marshawn Lynch. His numbers have been good the first three weeks, but if ever there was a defense that would give up a big game to him, St. Louis is it.
The Wilson-Tate combo could be in store for a big game, but I personally would rather see a couple other receivers get in the mix. Namely Doug Baldwin, who is listed as probable.
What to watch: St.. Louis
New head coach Jeff Fisher has his team in line to be a good football team, and they could win their division, if not for the Seahawks, 49ers, and Cardinals.
The Rams just don’t seem to fit the mold of the NFC West, ie; tough running game, and a beat your face in defense.
Sam Bradford may be the QB with the golden arm, but that is not going to win this division, and and aging Steven Jackson isn’t helping when he can’t stay at 100%.
Look for the Rams to target Danny Amendola, but I’m sure our secondary is already aware of this plan, so more passes may go to the lesser capable Brandon Gibson, or Steve Smith.
Seattle O vs. St. Louis D
The passing game is the one aspect that is still sputtering going into week 4 for the Hawks. And if the Hawks still rely on short passes up the middle, they face a monster in MLB James Laurinaitis.
The corners are nothing to write home about, but this is the NFL, they are out there for a reason, so Wilson will have to either run, or continue to throw the ball away when nobody is open.
Marhsawn Lynch should have a good game, the Rams front line is nothing compared to the Cardinals, Cowboys, or Packers, whom Lynch ran pretty well against.
Hopefully a Seahawks receiver will step up this week, I wished for this last week as well, and we still need a hero out there.
Dropped passes continue to plague this team.
St Louis O vs. Seattle D
Sam Bradford had better hope that the Rams fans can emulate the noise of CentruryLink field and get some false starts, as I think this will be their best method of moving the ball against the Hawks D.
Steven Jackson is still a dangerous runner in this league, and will be the best the Hawks have seen this year, but I still don’t think he will be any match for us.
Same goes for the Rams wideouts, our secondary should be able to shut them down no problem when playing man.
And let’s not forget about the D line. If we got after Aaron Rodgers the way we did against a great offensive line, I’m a little bit scared to see what could happen to Sam Bradford on Sunday.
Rams: Out: Mathew Daniels, Wayne Hunter, Roger Saffold. Doubtful: Mathew Conrath. Questionable: Steven Jackson, Michael Brockers.
The Seahawks hold the line at 3, and I’m pretty sure we got this covered.