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It's the first thing every NFL defense tries to do but when you're facing a team whose passing offense ranks dead last among the NFL's 32 teams—and that's including the...touchdown...that ended the Monday night game against the Packers and got us the real referees back—it becomes all the more important.
Marshawn Lynch is a beast, not the kind of RB who will be brought down by an arm tackle. If the Rams defensive tackles can keep the Seahawks off of their linebackers and those linebackers can execute sound, fundamental tackling, it will go a long way toward forcing Seattle to throw the ball.
This is exactly what Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins and the rest of the Rams defense wants.
Defensive tackle and the No. 14 overall pick in this year's draft, Michael Brockers, returned to practice today for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in the preseason. The Rams drafted him as a run-stuffer and if he can log a significant amount of minutes on Sunday, they will be in a much better position to shut down Lynch.