Six days ago the most bizarre game in the 2012 NFL season ended with Golden Tate being awarded a touchdown, the Seahawks awarded a win, and the Packers awarded a headache. Today the Hawks (2-1) hope to win their third game in a row when they take on the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on the shores of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis (1-2) hopes to use this game as a springboard to relevance in the suddenly potent NFC West. The Rams will offer a different sort of attack than the Seahawks have faced in the last two weeks. Where Dallas and Green Bay attempted to attack Seattle through the air, St. Louis would like to wear Seattle’s quick defenders down with the running game. That task will be made significantly easier if Steven Jackson is able to play. Jackson, the veteran running back out of Oregon State, has been oft-injured throughout his career, and is listed as questionable for this game with a groin injury. If Jackson can’t go, the running task will be largely in the hands of Isaiah Pead, rookie out of Cincinnati.
Through the air, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has fallen in love with Danny Amendola. With 25 receptions, Amendola has as many catches as the next five Rams wide receivers combined. Seattle will look to clamp down on Bradford and Amendola with a defense that is third ranked in the NFC.
The Seahawks believe that they have found a recipe for success. They lean heavily on their defense and running game, all the while asking only that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson manage the game, gets the offense into and out of the huddle with tempo and pace, and doesn’t make the big mistake. Last Monday Wilson had fewer than 100 yards through the air until the donnybrook in the west end zone on the last play. Yet, for all of that lack of production, Wilson has won 66.7% of the games that he has started in the NFL. Seattle fans will take that all year long.
Las Vegas lists the Seahawks as a 2 1/2 point favorite going into today’s game. The view from here says that the Seahawks running game and run defense should hold up well enough to cover that number. Take the Hawks, give the number, and spend your winnings on a day trip two hours up the river from St. Louis, where you can tour Mark Twain’s home town of Hannibal.
The Hawk/Rams game is an early start. The kick is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. PDT, and can be seen on Q13 Fox. Seahawks Radio can once again be found on 710 ESPN in and near Seattle.