Good morning. It’s a dreary day here in St. Louis, with rain in the forecast and temperatures around 47 degrees. But none of that matters because the game will be played inside at the Edward Jones Domes.
Also, remember we’ve got an afternoon kickoff that starts at 3 p.m. this afternoon Central time, and 1 p.m. on the West Coast.
The UW Men’s basketball team is on town playing at St. Louis this morning, so Dave Boling is in town covering that game, and I’ll head over there as well. And we will both be hosting the live game chat from the dome this afternoon.
Here’s five keys for the Seahawks as they attempt to put together their first, two game winning streak of the year.
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Control tempo: I think one of the most impressive things Seattle accomplished against Baltimore last week is they dominated both lines of scrimmage and controlled the tempo of the game. Seattle needs to do the same thing here by continuing to effectively run the football with Marshawn Lynch and move the chains on offense, and then get off the field on third down defensively.
Contain Jackson: The Seahawks can’t let Steven Jackson run wild. They have to make Sam Bradford beat them through the air. And Seattle has done a good job of that in the past. Jackson has not gain 100 yards in one game against Seattle in 13 contests. However, Jackson is averaging 139 yards a contest in his last three games.
Create some chunk plays: With the Rams’ issue with depth at cornerback, this is a game where Sidney Rice needs to show up big. He has a significant talent advantage against inexperienced corners on the other side of the ball, and Seattle needs to win this matchup with some big plays.
Get up early: The more St. Louis stays in the game, the more confidence they will get. This is a team that is last in the league in scoring and that’s only scored one touchdown on offense in the last two games. Seattle needs to jump out early and continue to step on the gas pedal.
Generate a pass rush: The Seahawks only have 14 sacks on the year, third-worst in the league, and just on sack in the last two games. That’s not getting the job done. So Seattle either needs to pressure more with blitzes or get more production out of the front four. Chris Clemons should have a field day against two inexperienced offensive tackles.
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that the Seahawks have played 25 regular-season games under Pete Carroll, and only once have they won two weeks in a row. It’s time for the Seahawks to start stringing some wins together.
Here’s my game advance for today’s matchup. The Seahawks are 6-4 in St. Louis, winning five of the past six at the Edward Jones Dome.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com previews the game here.
Art Thiel and Steve Rudman of SportsPressNW.com share their thoughts on the Seahawks-Rams contest.
Christian Caple of Seattlepi.com gives us five things to look for in Today’s game.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times provides a closer look at the unique personality of Marshawn Lynch.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that even though St. Louis made off-season moves to bring in backs to help share the load, Steven Jackson is still the bellcow of the backfield for the Rams.
Chris Myers and Tim Ryan of Fox Sports, who will do the Seattle-St. Louis game this afternoon, break down the matchup on the video below.