Given the St. Louis Rams incredible success in 2012 coming off of a two-win season a year ago, some might think they would be satisfied at this point with their campaign. That would not be true, however, as the club still has one goal left to reach.
This Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks will be the Rams’ first opportunity to finish over the .500 mark in nearly a decade (2003). The Seahawks are one of the league’s hottest teams at the moment however, so just what can they do to overcome the surging energy behind Seattle?
There is no shortage of momentum behind the Rams heading into this game either as they have won four of their last five. Clearly the toughest obstacle in this game will be the venue. The Seahawks are unbeaten at home this season and will be coming off of their biggest win of the year over the still NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers in decisive fashion.
Seattle has a grinding running game with Marshawn Lynch which will wear on the Rams’ defense and a wealth of talent at all levels on defense, especially in the secondary where playmakers like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas lurk.
On the other hand, some are billing this showdown as a trap game of sorts for Seattle who is fresh off of that beatdown victory over the Niners and will be looking to cruise into the playoffs. The Rams desire to finish over the .500 mark could be underestimated by the Seahawks, and they may be seen as a team just ready for the season to end. Given the fact that the Rams went 1-0-1 against the Niners themselves this season should be reason enough to worry Seattle.
For the Rams, this will serve as their playoff game for the year. This young team would benefit so much from carrying the momentum of a road win against a division rival into the off-season that there’s no doubt Head Coach Jeff Fisher will have his team motivated.
Expect a game much closer than the experts think despite the hostile environment that the Rams will face with the 12th man up in Seattle. This could be the springboard for the Seahawks into a successful postseason run, but it could just as easily be the trap game that many are anticipating.
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