In my story today, The St. Louis Rams corners should present a tough test for Seattle’s receivers on Sunday.
Seven-year veteran Cortland Finnegan and rookie Janoris Jenkins aren’t as tall and lanky as their Seattle counterparts Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. Both are about 5-10 and 190 pounds, but are feisty playmakers that play physical out on the perimeter.
Finnegan is tied for second in the league in interceptions with three, including one returned for a 31-yard scored against Detroit in Week 1. Finnegan also kicks inside in nickel situations, and is known for trash talking around the league.
“You want him on your team on the football field, because the way he plays with that feistiness,” said Seattle defensive lineman Jason Jones, who played with Finnegan for four years at Tennessee. “He definitely knows how to get under your skin, do little things and talk to you. He’s definitely going to talk to you.”
Jenkins has 17 tackles and an interception on the year. Together, they’ve helped the Rams hold teams to just two passing touchdowns on the year, tied for first in the league. Seattle is last in the league in passing, averaging 127.7 yards a contest.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that offensive lineman James Carpenter is nearing a return to the field.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com reports that a pair of former Seahawks – Sam Adams and Ricky Waters along with former Seattle coaches Chuck Know and Tom Flores are among the preliminary nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. provides some advance scouting of this weekend’s Seahawks-Rams matchup. Williamson writes that one key positions battle will be Sam Bradford against Seattle’s safeties, along with James Laurinaitis stopping Marshawn Lynch in the run game. He likes Seattle 20-6. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
Derek Stephens at ScoutTheSeahawks.com offers some personnel notes from Monday night’s Packers game. He thinks Russell Wilson is having trouble seeing the field from inside the pocket, and believes that Golden Tate is a better option as a slot receiver.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports picks the Rams over the Seahawks 20-17.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports likes the Seahawks 24-19.
Dan Wettzel of Yahoo Sports writes that replacement official Lance Easley still believes he got the call on Golden Tate’s catch correct.
ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down the catch from all angles here.
Kathleen Nelson of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes that the Rams have a lot of respect for Russell Wilson. “I’ve been watching Russell Wilson play since he was in high school,” said Rams defensive end Chris Long, who hails from the same part of Virginia as Wilson. “He’s an excellent athlete. Believe it or not, he was just as good at baseball, too. He was fun to watch in college. He does a great job playing within their system, but when things break down, he can use his athleticism.”