Game Preview - Seahawks vs. Rams

Overall, Seattle and St. Louis have met 20 times, with Seattle holding an 11-9 edge over the Rams. Since joining the NFC West, the Seahawks are 9-4 against St. Louis in the regular season and have won 7 straight.

Injury Report

Seattle Seahawks

Out: T Walter Jones (knee)
Questionable: DT Red Bryant (knee), QB Matt Hasselbeck (back), LB Leroy Hill (neck), S C.J. Wallace (hamstring)
Probable: WR Koren Robinson (knee), CB Josh Wilson (probable), G Mansfield Wrotto (ankle)

St. Louis Rams

Questionable: CB Jason Craft (back), LB Gary Stills (knee)
Probable: CB Fakhir Brown (ankle), K Josh Brown (groin), G Richie Incognito (ankle), DE Leonard Little (hamstring)

Stats & Rankings

Seattle Seahawks

Offense
Total: 29th (263.6 yards per game)
Passing: 31st (153.2 yards per game)
Rushing: 20th (110.5 yards per game)
Scoring: 25th (18.2 points per game)

Defense Total: 30th (317.4 yards per game)
Passing: 32nd (264.8 yards per game)
Rushing: 21st (118.6 yards per game)
Scoring: 27th (25.8 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: 24th (-6)

St. Louis Rams

Offense
Total: 27th (269.5 yards per game)
Passing: 27th (178.2 yards per game)
Rushing: 28th (91.3 yards per game)
Scoring: 31st (13.0 points per game)

Defense
Total: 29th (379.0 yards per game)
Passing: 24th (224.8 yards per game)
Rushing: 29th (154.2 yards per game)
Scoring: 31st (30.3 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: t-29th (-11)

Five Things to Watch

Here are five items to watch when the Seahawks face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday:

Seneca Wallace – Making his 5th start of the season last week against New England, Wallace had the best game of his six-year career, completing 20-of-28 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns for a passer rating of 128.9. Wallace added 47 yards rushing, which was the second-highest total of his career. Matt Hasselbeck would like to come back for at least one game before the season is over, but if Wallace plays well again this week, the team could decide that it's better off just to shut Hasselbeck down for the final two games.

Sean Locklear – With Walter Jones out for the rest of the year following microfracture surgery, Locklear will continue to play left tackle on Seattle's makeshift offensive line. Seattle signed Locklear to a 5-year, $32 million dollar contract in February with the thought that he could be the Seahawks' left tackle once Jones decides to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio. The Seahawks' final four games will give the team a look at whether or not Locklear is left tackle material.

Deion Branch – Branch is coming off his second multi-touchdown regular season game of his career (both with Seattle), prompting many Seahawks fans to wonder where that production has been the last two years. Branch's other multi-touchdown game came against St. Louis in the Edward Jones Dome.

Seahawks Pass Rush vs. Rams Offensive Line – The Rams have given up 38 sacks, the 6th-most in the NFL this season. In their first meeting, Rams quarterback Marc Bulger has attempted 31 passes and Seattle only got to him once. For most of that game, Seattle rarely sent more than 4 rushers after Bulger. This time around, without Patrick Kerney, the Seahawks may need to send more rushers to get to Bulger.

Rams Fans Dressed as Empty Seats –For just the 5th time since the Rams moved to St. Louis, Sunday's game failed to sell enough tickets in time to avoid the game from being blackout locally. St. Louis is 1-5 at home and Rams guard Richie Incognito had to publicly apologize for making critical comments about the home crowd, or lack thereof.

Programming Notes

FOX has the broadcast, with Matt Vasgersian on the play-by-play and J.C. Pearson providing the commentary. Nischelle Turner will be working the sidelines.

Prediction

In three of Seattle's last four games, the Seahawks have had a chance to win near the end of the game. That same competitiveness has largely been absent in most of the Rams' games this season, so I think the Seahawks complete the series sweep of the Rams for the 4th straight season.

Prediction: Seahawks 30, Rams 20

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