You’d be hard-pressed to find a more surprising team in the NFL this season than the Seattle Seahawks (2-1). They travel to St. Louis to take on the equally surprising Rams (1-2). Vegas odds have placed Seattle as -2 point favorite on the road. Since 2001, Seattle leads the series 12-5 and has won the last ten meetings in the series between these NFC West foes.
Seattle has sandwiched two upset victories, 31-6 against the 49ers and 27-20 against the Chargers around a 31-14 blow-out loss to the Broncos in their only road test. In their latest victory over San Diego, the Seahawks were outgained by a wide margin but forced five turnovers, and scored on two kick-off returns for touchdowns by Leon Washington. Safety Lawyer Milloy and linebacker Lofa Tatupu lead a defense that are near the bottom of the league in passing and near the top of the league in run defense. Matt Hasselbeck still leads the offense and has completed 63% of his passes, with his favorite targets tight end John Carlson and wide receiver Deion Branch.
The Rams have had a rebirth, of sorts, under rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford has played like a rookie at times with five interceptions but has also thrown four touchdowns. He has leaned on two veteran playmakers in the early going, running back Steven Jackson and wide receiver Mark Clayton. Clayton, a late pick-up from the Ravens, leads the team in catches and touchdown catches. The Rams “no-name” defense has held opponents to 17, 16, and 16 points. In last week’s 30-16 victory over the Washington Redskins they didn’t play flashy defense but held the Redskins to 1 of 10 on third down attempts with two turnovers.
This is a game where you might expect the Seahawks to walk into town and dominant the young Rams but the NFL is a strange game. Last year, Seattle was 1-7 on the road, with their one win at St. Louis, but look for the Rams to cover the spread, pull-off the upset, and win the game at home.
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