Here are four keys for Seattle to have success against the St. Louis Rams in this afternoon’s game. But first a programming note. We’ll be hosting a live blog during the game with Ryan Divish and I at the controls, using the same format we’ve been using for the Monday Morning QB chats. So check back for live updates during the game.
1. Control the clock: Seattle was last in time of possession in 2008, and needs to a better job of both sustaining drives offensively and getting off the field in third down situations defensively.
2. Ground game: Controlling the clock will be easier if Seattle can get the running game going. Expect to see a lot of Julius Jones, Edgerrin James and Justin Forsett early on as offensive coordinator Greg Knapp tries to establish the run. 3. Line play: Both the offensive and defensive line need to establish their dominance up front. The offensive line has to prove it can get the job done without Walter Jones and Chris Spencer. And even though Seattle has a talented trio of linebackers, the defensive line has good depth and should set the tempo for Seattle defensively.
4. Get the crowd going: Seattle needs to get off to a good start in order to get the crowd and the12th man into the game early and put some pressure on a young Rams team.