TV Schedule: Monday, Oct. 28, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stadium: Edward Jones Dome
Weather: High 77, Low 58
Line: Seattle (-11)
The Seattle Seahawks have been talked about as one of the best teams in the NFL and it’s apparent with their 6-1 record and ability to beat anyone, anywhere. Coming into week eight, the Seahawks are looking to rise to 7-1 on the season and they will need a strong performance from quarterback Russell Wilson who has given nothing but stellar performances on the season. Wilson has passed for 1,489 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season while also rushing for 323 yards and no scores on the ground for the second-ranked run offense. The run game has been so successful because of Marshawn Lynch‘s 578 yards and six touchdowns. Not to mention his downhill running ability and complete disregard for defenders.
The St. Louis Rams will be moving forward for the rest of the season without their starting quarterback, Sam Bradford. The young QB was knocked out in last week’s game due to a knee injury that was later found out to be a torn ACL. He passed for 1,687 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year before the injury, but was receiving loads of criticism anyway. The guy to replace him has yet to be named, but the Rams just signed career-backup Brady Quinn. Somehow tight end Jared Cook is still the team’s leading receiver with 344 yards and two touchdowns on 26 catches even though he has struggled since the first couple weeks of the season. The rushing attack ranks fourth-to-last in the league.
Defensively, the Rams rank 24th in points allowed per game and 22nd in total yards allowed per game — one of the lower-tiered defenses in the NFL. Don’t forget their 30th-ranked run defense that will struggle to stop Lynch and Wilson. The Seahawks have one of the top defenses in the league, ranking third in points allowed per game, second in total yards and pass yards allowed per game and sixth in rushing yards allowed.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 30, Rams 10