RAMifications of Seahawks Drama Has St. Louis Rams at +2.5

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RAMifications of Seahawks Drama Has St. Louis Rams at +2.5
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Look for the Rams to "steal" their game vs. the rookie QB heading east off an emotional short week

With the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers coming to Seattle early in the season, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks wanted to make a statement.

Not only did they make a statement, they made a lasting impression. 

But Seattle's defense, after holding the Cowboys to seven points and sacking Aaron Rodgers eight times, isn't getting the attention.

After the events that occurred on the last play of Monday night's game, they aren't complaining.

Fresh off huge wins over a pair of elite quarterbacks, Wilson will make his first long road trip to the east for an early 1:00 p.m. start.

Although St. Louis is in the Central time zone, the timing won't be the only disadvantage as the Seahawks will be coming off a short week.

But after the Rams' performance at Chicago this past week, Jeff Fisher will need the extra day of preparation.

The Rams' offensive line problems continued as they were pushed and shoved around by the Bears, much like the Packers were in the first half of their game at Seattle, as Aaron Rodgers was sacked time and time again.

However, all of the Seahawks' sacks came in the first half.

After getting shut out for the first 30 minutes, Green Bay made adjustments in the second half and scored three times while protecting Aaron Rodgers.

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Bradford and the Rams better take notes from the Packers in the second half of the Seahawks game (no sacks, but eight in the first half)

 

Can Jeff Fisher learn from the Packers' adjustments and apply it to his offensive gameplan? 

It's possible.

No team looked better and more physical than the 49ers through the first two games of the season, and the Minnesota Vikings did something right and won as a home underdog.

But while the St. Louis offense looked very limited in two of its three games, let's keep in mind the Seahawks have scored just one touchdown in that same span as well (if you don't count the Hail Mary against Green Bay).

At least they will have qualified refs for the game with the lockout ending just in time for Week 4.  Regardless, any bad call against the Seahawks will likely fall on deaf ears after the Monday Night game that will be talked about for a long time.

The Seahawks know they got away with one, as offensive pass interference should have been called on Golden Tate on the game's last play.  

But this isn't the first time something like this happened on the last play of the game, and it isn't the first time the NFL has made a postgame statement regarding a call by an official.

It happened in the playoffs.

Back in 2003 the Giants were at San Francisco for a playoff game following the 2002 regular season, trailing 39-38 with seven seconds left.

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With a timeout left, the Giants lined up for a game-winning field goal on third down from the San Francisco 23-yard line, but New York's Trey Junkin delivered a bad snap. 

Matt Allen fielded the snap and couldn't get the ball into position for the kicker. Instead of falling on the ball and calling a timeout, or rolling out of the pocket and throwing the ball out of bounds, he rolled out of the pocket and tried to throw the ball downfield.

It didn't work.

Giants guard Rich Seubert, who was an eligible receiver on the play, tried to get open but couldn't make the catch, and three penalty flags were thrown on the play. Confusion was abound when the replay showed the 49ers' Chike Okafor grabbing the front of Seubert's jersey, almost pulling him to the ground.

But the Giants' Tam Hopkins was deemed to be an illegal man downfield, which is what all the flags were for, and there was no mention of any other penalty.

The next day the NFL issued a statement and said that all three flags for an illegal man downfield were correct.  However, they also said that pass interference should have been called on the defense.

This would have offset the penalties and replayed the down, awarding the Giants another play.

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Instead, the 49ers moved on and a disappointed Jim Fassel headed to the locker room just as the Packers head to the tunnel last Monday in Seattle. 

 

Coming off the thrilling but controversial win over the Giants, the Niners headed east to Tampa for the next game and lost 31-6.

Sunday's game in St. Louis will likely be a bit closer.

But with Seattle coming off a pair of huge emotional wins over good teams, heading east off the short week with a rookie quarterback, look for the Rams to steal this game (and by "steal," let's hope we don't have another ending like last Monday night).

Take St. Louis to cover 2.5 points.

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