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What I’m watching for in the Seahawks vs. Rams Week 8 MNF matchup

A Long Awaited Bye

When a Thursday night game is followed by a Monday night game, the waiting period seems like ages.

Fortunately for Seattle Seahawks fans, there has been some action amidst the wait to keep us entertained – or simply amp up the anticipation.

Both Percy Harvin and Michael Robinson returned to Seattle this past week, and both couldn’t have come back to more welcoming arms. Unfortunately, Percy has been ruled out for this week; however, it seems Mike Rob will be making his first start of the season.

Michael Robinson is back (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum).

Michael Robinson is back (Photo: AP/Matt Slocum).

With all of this excitement surrounding our team, it is easy to overlook the poor play of several other teams that had high expectations entering the season – Giants, Redskins, Eagles, Vikings, Falcons, Buccaneers, Steelers, etc.

Some teams have been taking advantage of these lackluster shortcomings of franchises – i.e. Chiefs, Broncos – while some haven’t had quite the luxury.

For example, the Broncos thus far have faced the #14th, #19th, #13th, #32th, #29th, #28th and #17th ranked defenses on the year. Yet to crack the top 10, it gives some evidence of why Peyton Manning has been picking defenses apart like Dr. Drake Ramoray.

On the other hand, Seattle has faced the 1st (Houston), 3rd (Carolina), 8th (San Fran), 10th (Tennessee), 16th (Arizona), 17th (Indy), and the 28th (Jags) ranked defenses. Yet both are 6-1. So for those who think the Broncos are unstoppable – Exhibit A: Indy, Exhibit B: Their schedule, and Exhibit C: Shut it.

Oh, right, we also have an opponent that will be joining us in the stadium. The St. Louis Rams, I believe.

So what to watch for this Monday.

This Could Get Ugly

The Seahawks‘ schedule has transitioned from one of the league’s most difficult schedules to arguably the easiest to finish out the season.

Teams all around the league have been disappointing their fans’ high hopes left and right, and the so-called sleeper team that was the St Louis Rams have essentially lost the season to turmoil with QB Sam Bradford tearing his ACL last week — although they were doing very little with him to begin with.

The people of St Louis do have their hometown Cardinals competing in the World Series, so all is definitely not lost. Granted, this likely helps the Seahawks’ chances even more.

Not only will the St Louis fanbase be distracted by their baseball franchise, but they were selling their tickets for as low as $8 a pop — a deal Seattle fans all over jumped on immediately. So, like the Arizona game, we should see a lot of blue and green in the stands.

And for those home city fans that WILL be in attendance, chances are their smartphones will be out keeping track of that baseball score. They just might miss that pick-six thrown from Kellen Clemens.

The Backfield is Back

The return of Mike Rob means two things. One, the running attack that has already been off to a solid start could improve to its late-season form from last season, once Robinson and the offensive line get back into rhythm.

But more importantly, REAL ROB REPORT IS BACK!!!

It is rumored that Marshawn Lynch was near tears when Robinson returned to the locker room. Now for those of you who have seen the Real Rob Report, or simply just heard Marshawn speak, it is difficult to picture Beast Mode have any sort of emotion that isn’t joy for Skittles.

But these two certainly have a special bond, whether that be humorous on film or not, and two see them back in action is going to be a thing of beauty.

Nitpicking

When your team is as good as Seattle is, you have to find things to complain about. While the offense looks efficient and Russell Wilson is making plays with his legs, he is still getting hit quite often.

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

It is rumored that Marshawn Lynch was near tears when Robinson returned to the locker room

The injuries of both our offensive tackles, Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini, are without a doubt direct relations to this, but nevertheless it is an issue to watch for.

When you head into a match up that is expected to be a blowout, the one thing you hope for is a healthy exit by your starters. Rams’ DE Chris Long puts that in jeopardy. Long has only 2.5 sacks so far on the season, but he had three alone in his last meeting with Seattle this past season.

With 7th round rookie Michael Bowie manning the right tackle position, Russell will likely need to keep his legs moving once again in order to stay out of danger.

Sidney Sidney Sidney

In my previous article I wrote about Sidney Rice‘s contract and current production level, and the gap in between. Also noted the emergence of Harvin, and what that means for Rice’s future with the team.

Now, I wrote that because I know Sid is a big fan of mine, and I hoped to light a fire under him after reading my article.

Well he followed it with a two-catch, 35-yard performance. Not exactly what we were looking for.

But last week against Arizona, Sidney made a great play on their opening drive — he ran a standard curl, then noticed the play was broken and headed straight for the corner of the end zone. Russell then threw a dart off of his back foot to meet Sidney in stride, and it ended up being one of the prettiest balls thrown thus far in Russell’s short career.

Now Percy got ruled out for this Monday, so Sidney still has some time to show what he’s got while he is still the top dog. Let’s see some more!

Bold Predictions

This game is as close as you can get to a lock. Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis and Brady Quinn make up the current QB depth chart, and they actually made a phone call to Brett Favre for God’s sake.

This group of QB’s is going to be throwing against the Legion of Boom.

Now they say that a team you expect to beat is the most dangerous team of all. I get it, but there’s just no way. This is why I suspect the Seattle defense outscores the St Louis offense.

A pretty vain thing to say, I know. But far-fetched? Who knows. All I know, is GO HAWKS!!!

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