Good morning. I’m getting ready to head over to the Edward Jones Dome in a few minutes. The weather is expected to be sunny and in the 70s, but that doesn’t matter because we’ll be inside.
Here’s five keys for Seattle as they take on NFC West division rival St Louis this morning.
Don’t believe the hype: I had to work in some Flavor Flav into today’s post. But seriously, Seattle has to move on from both the bad and good of Golden Gate. The bad of course is people around the country believe the Seahawks stole a victory they did not deserve. The good is Seattle’s defense finally got some recognition nationally, although it was probably not as much as that unit deserves. The important thing for Seattle is that they appeared to put the game behind them this week, and are all about business as they prepare for the Rams.
No action for Jackson: St. Louis running back Steven Jackson is questionable for today’s game with a groin issue. But he’s one of the toughest players in the league, so expect Jackson to play. I expect the Rams to try and take the air out of this game, running Jackson early and often to take some pressure off of Sam Bradford. But Jackson has never rushed for more than 100 yards against Seattle in 15 contests. I expect that number to reach 16 today.
Jump on them early: The Seahawks have defeated St. Louis 13 of the past 14 meetings. And they are the favorite heading into this game. But the more an undermanned St. Louis team hangs in the game, the more the Rams will feel like they can win. So Seattle needs to snuff out any thoughts of St. Louis escaping with a win early.
Clean up the penalties: Pete Carroll has focused on playing more of a clean game leading up to today’s contest. The Seahawks have 13 pre-snap penalties through three games. Only Dallas has more with 15. And the unforced errors are stalling drives on offense. If Seattle cleans up the penalties the Seahawks will get on the scoreboard more.
Convert on third down: Along with penalties, Seattle has done a poor job converting on third down. The Seahawks are 29.27 percent on third down, which is 29th in the league. So Seattle has to do a much better job in those situations, and that’s up to Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the rest of the offense.
Here’s my game advance for today. St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford has been sacked 12 times already his year. He’s been sacked 15 time and has a 63.1 passer rating against Seattle.
John McGrath of The News Tribune takes a light-hearted trip into the future, where the Seahawks are commemorating the 25th anniversary of Golden Tate’s “Simultaneous Possession” touchdown catch.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that keeping the pass rushing going is one of the keys for Seattle
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that defensive tackle Brandon Mebane is making things happen.
ESPN’s Mike Sando notes that Chris Clemons is the leading sacker against the Rams.
Brian Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that games today against Seattle and on Thursday vs. Arizona will let folks know where the Rams sit.