Seattle Seahawks (2-1) moving on from Monday Night fiasco and turning attention towards St. Louis Rams (1-2).
Marshawn Lynch comes to town leading the NFC in rushing with 305 yards. The Seahawks like to pound the football, especially on first down. Expect a heavy dose of Lynch. We all remember Lynch’s 67-yard beast mode touchdown against New Orleans during the playoffs two years ago. The Rams defense did a pretty good job containing Michael Bush last week, but Lynch provides another challenge.
The Rams will likely have 1st round draft pick Michael Brockers (LSU) at defensive tackle. Brockers suffered a high ankle sprain in the last preseason game. He practiced on a limited basis today, and says he would expect to play Sunday. Brockers provides an immediate plug to sure up the interior defensive line. The unit has played well, and adding Brockers makes them dangerous. Opponents have had success running in the lanes vacated by Brockers.
When asked about his thoughts on the Seahawks’ defensive front seven, Coach Fisher joked he thought about starting backup Kellen Clemons. Laughing, Fisher did acknowledge the speed and size of the ‘Hawks. Seattle’s defense is quickly gaining serious attention. Having held Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers to just 19 points over two games is eye-opening.
Pete Carroll talked about his young high-powered defense:
Cortland Finnegan reiterated how important the next two games are. Divisional games are huge. Catching Seattle on a short week at home has the lion licking his chops.
Steven Jackson (groin) did not practice today, but is likely to suit up come Sunday.
How will offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer respond in Week 4? Chicago was a disaster, gaining just 160 total yards and 12 first downs. Sam Bradford must get the ball out of his hands and decisively pick apart holes in Seattle’s zone defense.
The offense had a setback against the Bears, and Sunday is another test against a reputable defense. The Rams scored 51 points against two shaky defenses in Detroit and Washington. Collectively, the offense needs more production. Fundamentals like catching the ball are still problematic.
The Rams worked on those details Wednesday. Almost at walk-through type speed, paying extra attention to route running and lanes.
How the Rams respond after a deflating loss in Chicago will tell a lot about the “resolve” on this football team. We’ve heard about it, now we want to see it. Time to win a ballgame against a quality opponent on home turf.