Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
With a defense this deep, it's difficult to project who will have the better numbers. One thing we can be certain of, though, is that this unit will produce.
Currently, the Seahawks defense ranks first in points allowed (13), fourth in yards allowed (272), fifth in sacks (10), and first in forced fumbles (6).
This should spell trouble for a Rams team that has struggled to run the ball consistently and has turned the ball over five times in three games. The Seahawks' defensive line should be able to control the line of scrimmage and force the Rams to abandon their running game quickly, allowing pass-rushing specialists Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin to focus on their attack.
On special teams, look for Leon Washington to have a big day as a punt returner. Although he has yet to bring one to the house, he came close twice in Arizona, and he should have multiple opportunities for returns with the stingy Seahawks defense holding up their end of the bargain.
Projected Stats Against Rams
Kam Chancellor—10 tackles, one INT
Chris Clemons—two tackles, 1.5 sacks
Bruce Irvin—one sack
Brandon Browner—four tackles, one INT, two PD, three penalties
Leon Washington— two kickoff returns, 45 yards; three punt returns, 79 yards, one TD