Seahawks vs. Rams NFL Week 17 Preview

By Jake Coburn
Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson
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After a long hard fought season, the Seattle Seahawks are only one game away from having a perfect record at CenturyLink Field. With one more victory against the St. Louis Rams this Sunday, the Seahawks will be 8-0 at home as they look forward to the much anticipated postseason.

Not only can Seattle finish undefeated at home, with one more win they will finish with one of the best regular season records in franchise history at 11-5. Before the Seahawks can celebrate this impressive home record, they will have to stop running back Steven Jackson and the rest of the Rams’ offense.

With the hot streak the Seahawks have been on in recent weeks, this game seems more like a formality than an actual competitive game but they Seahawks have to make sure they do not get caught sleeping.

Seattle still has an outside shot at the NFC West title if the San Francisco 49ers lose a home game to the Arizona Cardinals so it is important the Seahawks show up and take this game seriously.

The biggest task for the Seahawks will be finding a way to shut down Jackson and the Rams’ rushing attack. Jackson is one of the toughest running backs in the league but he will have a very difficult time coming up against one the best defenses while on the road.

Along with Jackson, Seattle will have to key on wide receiver Brandon Gibson who has turned into a number one target for St. Louis’ quarterback Sam Bradford. Gibson is averaging over 13-yards a catch and has the speed to break one for a score.

With cornerback Richard Sherman winning his appeal to overturn his four-game suspension, the Seahawks will have their best defensive player on the field to cover the pass and shut down the Rams’ efforts on offense.

Offensively for Seattle, quarterback Russell Wilson needs to use this game to keep his rhythm and work out any kinks the offense has before they head into the playoffs. They need to keep Marshawn Lynch and the run game hot to insure everyone is at their best for the beginning of the post season.

The playoffs are all about who’s hot at that time. A team can get in the playoffs and go on a run to win it all and the most important thing for Seattle is to come away with another win to keep their confidence high and they streak alive.

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