5 Reasons Seattle Seahawks Will Dominate St. Louis Rams
5 Reasons Seattle Seahawks Will Dominate St. Louis Rams in Week 8
The Seattle Seahawks are going to dominate the St. Louis Rams when they meet in Week 8. Now, obviously you have to be careful about making such proclamations in the NFL. The Rams are still a good team and Seattle will be playing on the road. Inferior teams can rise up and beat a better franchise on any given Sunday (or Monday).
This is one of those games that could possibly fall into the nebulous “trap” category. Still, the Seahawks seem very focused and are coming off a convincing Week 7 win against the Arizona Cardinals. Seattle has proven that they can win on the road, even against talented teams and divisional foes.
At 6-1, the Seahawks are cruising through the season with their sights set on the playoffs and a run at the Super Bowl. Pete Carroll continues to prepare his team for each week and Seattle should do very well against the Rams.
Little by little this team is getting healthy, and the Seahawks could soon have superstar receiver Percy Harvin back on the field. Harvin could make a great team even better, which is exciting for a Seattle fan base that longs for a championship in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, the Seahawks will hopefully get left tackle Russell Okung back in the lineup so that he can resume his job of protecting quarterback Russell Wilson.
Before that can happen, the Seahawks need to take care of business against the Rams and run their record to 7-1. Here are five reasons that Seattle will dominate on Monday Night Football.
5. No Sam Bradford
The St. Louis Rams will be without their starting quarterback Sam Bradford, after the fourth-year quarterback was lost to a season-ending injury. Kellen Clemens is the likely starter since Brett Favre wants to stay retired.
Bradford was going to have a hard enough time staying away from the Seattle pass rushers. Assume the Seahawks will stay active and put pressure on Clemens all night long. This will go a long way towards a win.
4. No running game
The Rams have a hard time running the ball. Their leading rusher, Zac Stacy, has 214 yards on the ground this season. Stacy has zero touchdowns. To put that in context, Marshawn Lynch has 578 yards and six touchdowns.
If the Rams were to have any chance against Seattle they would need to establish a run game. As it is, the Rams have the 29th-ranked rushing attack, while the Seahawks are sixth against the run.
3. Lack of run defense
Speaking of run defense, the Rams are a little porous in that category. At the moment, the Rams have the 30th-ranked run defense in the NFL. St. Louis is surrendering 126.4 yards per game.
Needless to say, the Seahawks run the ball pretty well with the second-best running attack in the NFL at 154.4 yards per game. Expect the 'Hawks to put the ball in Marshawn Lynch's hands early, and often.
2. Monday Night Football record
It is a little tough to compare historical records on Monday Night Football. After all, teams can have large gaps between their appearances on this particular stage.
Still, the Seahawks actually have the best historical record of any team in the NFL on MNF at 18-8 all time. The Rams? 26-29. Does this give Seattle an advantage? Let's just say the 2013 Seahawks are the type of team that thrives in this type of spotlight.
Why will the Seahawks win this game? Momentum.
Obviously this is a broad concept, and it can be difficult to measure the ups and downs of a particular team. However, it is fair to suggest that the Seahawks have a swagger to them right now. Pete Carroll is coaching a confident bunch and they will go into St. Louis without fear of the Rams.