The talk of the football world is still on what happened Monday night in Seattle. Six days later, the Seahawks have to put the win behind them, and go on the road to take on a Rams team that struggled last week vs the Bears.
The Seahawks, who last opened 3-1 in 2007, played out of their minds on defense vs the Packers, and hope to do so again vs Sam Bradford and the Rams when they kickoff in the STL.
Seattle’s D is giving up a league-low 13.0 points per game and are fifth in the NFL with 10 sacks. Eight of those came against Green Bay, with four by NFC defensive player of the week Chris Clemons and two apiece from rookie Bruce Irvin and Brandon Mebane.
They will look to shut down a Rams team that has been up and down this year, mostly down three weeks into 2012. They scored just six points Sunday in Chicago in a loss to the Bears.
Bradford was sacked a season-high six times in the loss, and will have to avoid the Hawks rush that shut down Aaron Rodgers in the two-point win over the Pack. Last week the Rams had just 160 yards of offense.
“We’re going to have another week to work together and we’ll continue to do the same things that we’ve been doing with these guys,” said coach Jeff Fisher, whose team allowed just two sacks a week earlier in a 31-28 home win over Washington. “You coach them up. You put them in position where you think they can be successful and then you’ve got to adjust.”
Bradford has had to adjust to the lack of protection, as 87 of his 95 passing attempts have not been thrown farther than 20 yards.
Marshawn Lynch has been the workhorse for the Seattle run game, his 72 carries are second in the NFL and his 305 yards lead the NFC.
“When (Lynch) does go down, he’s getting tackled, he’s not getting hit,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “That implies that he’s either, one, delivering the blow or, two, he’s got great vision.”
Lynch ran for 203 yards and two scores as Seattle posted two victories over the Rams last season, including 24-7 on the road November 20th. The Seahawks have lost just once in their last seven visits to St. Louis.
The Seahawks defense is just too good, they will hold down the Rams and walk out 3-1.
Seattle 24 St.Louis 13