The 2-7 St Louis Rams take on the 3-6 Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. Both teams have had a tough 2011 schedule and both teams still seem to be in the process of finding themselves. Both teams have star running backs who are finally stepping up. Marshawn Lynch for the Seahawks has had solid performances in the last two games. Two weeks ago with their loss against the Cowboys he racked up 109 yards rushing and in last week’s upset against the Ravens an impressive 135 yards. Throw in a couple of TDs and you could almost say he is laying the foundation for a running revival in Seattle. However, the Rams have a similar catalyst in RB Steven Jackson. Going into week 8 against a very good New Orleans team SJ dug down deep and pulled out some give-a-crapness for his 0-6 team. Why he waited 8 weeks to make an impact is anyone’s guess, but at least he finally came around. Including that game he has averaged 139 rushing yards per game against Rams opponents (Saints, Cardinals and Browns). Throw in a couple of TDs and Rams fans also have a reason to give thanks.
There are a lot of unknowns in this upcoming matchup. Seattle QB Tavaris Jackson is coming off of a pectoral sprain just as Rams QB Sam Bradford is coming off of a high ankle sprain. Both QBs were able to play well enough to help their team pull off victories in last week’s games (although the Seahawks upset a much tougher Ravens team). Both teams are doing patch work on their O-lines as Seattle lost RG John Moffitt and RT James Carpenter against Baltimore. Both teams’ overall defense/special teams are respectably ranked (Rams 13th, Seahawks 15th) and have shown improvement. So, who will win this game? I think it is one of those ‘Any Given Sunday’ scenarios, but since the Rams are playing at home (and since I’m a Rams fan) I’m going with the Rams. The keys to a Rams victory will be a solid defensive effort, minimal offensive mistakes, and another renaissance performance by Steven Jackson.