Heading into Monday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, few people gave the St. Louis Rams any shot at winning. With Sam Bradford out for the remainder of the year and veteran Kellen Clemens in as the starter, a loss that the team could not afford looked inevitable.
While they did ultimately end up losing the game, the Rams had a very good chance of winning at several points in the game, mostly because the defense stepped up their game and RB Zac Stacy ran with authority.
In fact, Stacy was just the second player this season to rush for over 100 yards against the Seahawks. The only other player to do so was Arian Foster who had 102 yards against them in Week 4. Anytime you are on a list exclusively with Foster, you know you are a legit NFL player.
Unfortunately for the Rams, their emerging running back did not make it through the game unscathed. He suffered an ankle sprain late in the game, stopping any chance of a comeback victory right in its tracks.
Had he been healthy, there was certainly the possibility that he could have helped them score on the final few possessions. Instead, Clemens, who was mostly ineffective the majority of the night, was unable to compensate for the loss of Stacy and it cost the team the victory. The Seahawks, meanwhile, won to stay one game ahead in the NFC West standings.
With the loss, the Rams may be on the outside looking in for a playoff spot with a 3-5 record overall. This is especially true when you consider that Bradford is on IR and Stacy could be out for a while. Clearly, Stacy’s injury comes at the worst possible time if you are a fan of the Rams.