5 Ways the Seahawks beat the Rams
Did you know that in the last four meetings in Seattle, the Seattle Seahawks have destroyed the Rams, and outscored them 114-25. My money says we see a similar outcome tonight.
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, December 12, 2011
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
1) Seahawks play Seahawks football
The Seahawks are a young football team who unfortunately have a tendency to play down to their competition.
If they play like the Seahawks that beat the Giants, Ravens and Eagles they will dismantle a less talented Rams team. However, if they play like they did against Cleveland, Dallas or Washington the Seahawks could come out of week 14 with a disappointing record of 5-8 and out of playoff contention.
2) Patched Seahawks offensive line must figure a way to compete
After the Seahawks lost rookie starting right tackle James Carpenter and rookie starting right guard John Moffitt for the season due to injury Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan stepped in and played solid football.
Now starting left tackle Russell Okung has been lost for the season and McQuistan moves from right guard to left tackle (to replace Okung) and Lemuel Jeanpierre moves into the starting lineup replacing McQuiston at RG.
This will be the first game they have played together as a unit and it will be a difficult task for them to play solid football even with the extra day of practice this week.
3) The Seahawks win the ground game
Steven Jackson has been a top NFL running back in the league since the 2005 NFL Season (his only season under 1,000 yards was his rookie season) yet he has never ran for over 100 yards against Seattle. Jackson has run for 100+ yards in three games this season and in those games the Rams are 2-1 with their only loss coming in overtime against the Cardinals.
If the Seahawks can hold Jackson under 100 yards again and can get Marshawn Lynch over 100 yards for the 5th time in the last 6 games (only game he didn’t go for 100+ was his 88 yards performance against the Rams) the Seahawks should have no trouble celebrating their 6th victory of the season.
4) They limit penalties
The Seahawks have struggle with penalties all season but finally last week against the Eagles they were able to limit them to a respectable 5 for 30 yards.
The Rams are going to have a tough timing moving the ball on the Seahawks defense so any improvement in field position off of penalties will be huge for them.
5) Win the turnover battle
If the Seahawks take care of the ball when they are on offense and the defense can create a turn over or two I see no way that the Rams can beat them even as banged u as the offensive line is.
Cheap points are really St. Louis’ best chance of coming out with the prime time victory.