There are a number of major injuries that have impacted teams in the last couple of weeks. Specifically, the St. Louis Rams lost quarterback Sam Bradford for the season. This impacts the Seattle Seahawks since the two teams will meet on Monday Night Football in Week 8.
Obviously, the Seahawks would be going after the quarterback even if Bradford was under center. Now that there will be a backup signal caller, the Seahawks may bring additional pressure and dare the Rams to find some holes.
That backup may be Kellen Clemens, though, the Rams could bring in one of the usual suspects and drop a seasoned veteran into the position after a couple days of practice. At this point, expect Clemens to be the guy.
Kellen Clemens, meet Chris Clemons.
Granted, Bradford was not exactly tearing up the NFL before he went down. The fourth-year quarterback had thrown for under 1,700 yards, and had tossed 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. For those that are into passer ratings, Bradford had a 90.9 rating this season, which was good for 14th amongst quarterbacks.
Bradford’s yard-per-pass attempt was 6.44, good for 28th in the NFL. In other words, he was completing passes, but his receivers weren’t getting very far.
Expect Seattle to harass Clemens all night and challenge his ability to find open receivers against Richard Sherman and company. Given that St. Louis currently has the 29th-ranked running attack in the NFL, it seems unlikely that the Rams will be able to establish a ground game against Seattle’s sixth-ranked rush defense.
The Rams are still a team with talent, but Seattle should win this game by a comfortable margin.