Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole said despite the ascension of rookie quarterback Sam Bradford as one of the better signal callers in the league in his first season, The St. Louis Rams’ offense still runs through Steven Jackson.
“It always starts with Steven Jackson. They’re not going to put the whole offense on Bradford’s shoulders and expect him to win the game for them. It’s not going to happen.
“They’ve got one of the top-five running backs in the game in their backfield, and he makes that team better. And he’s going to be the No. 1 threat that we have to take away from them as best as we can.”
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Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com breaks down why Craig Terrill has been successful blocking kicks. A good read.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post says Bradford makes Sunday night’s Hawks-Rams game must-see TV.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com says that quarterback Charlie Whitehurst hopes to improve on his play on Sunday with more reps this week.
More Farrar: He says St. Louis defensive ends Chris Long and James Hall, along with third-down threat receiver Danny Amendola are some hidden factors to look for in Sunday’s game.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated picks a 23-10 St. Louis win at Qwest Field.
Mike Tanier of The New York Times Fifth Down blog picks the Rams as well.
Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats gives Seattle a 60 percent win probability.