Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams: Keys to the Game
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While many think the Seahawks should be 1-2 right now after a blown call at the end of the Monday night game, the Seahawks' stellar defense proved that they are more than capable of beating any team thrown their way.
While the Rams may not be the best opponent the Seahawks will play all year, they still have a surprise factor and a very talented roster that took down the Robert Griffin III-led Redskins already this year.
So without further ado, here are five keys to a Seahawk victory on Sunday:
Key 1: Continue to Get Pressure on the Quarterback
No one on the planet could have predicted the eight first-half sacks that defined the tenacious defense Seattle sent out Monday night. But after that surprising outing, the Seahawks have to continue that trend and attack Sam Bradford.
The Seahawks will face a patchwork Rams offensive line that's started a different combination in each game and won't have center Scott Wells (broken foot) and tackle Rodger Saffold (knee) back for several weeks.
St. Louis' Sam Bradford was sacked a season-high six times in a 23-6 loss at Chicago last Sunday, which could bring a repeat of Monday night's sack fest.
If they can attack Bradford and force quick throws, he will make mistakes, and no unit is better at capitalizing than this Seattle secondary. Keeping pressure up could allow the Seahawks to control field position and create extra points that could decide the game.
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Key 2: Stop Steven Jackson and the Rams Running Game
As I alluded to earlier, the Rams won't have center Scott Wells (broken foot) and tackle Rodger Saffold (knee) back for several weeks. So, this key could be easier than expected.
But still, nothing will keep Steven Jackson back, who is still a beast. Let's not forget how troubling Jackson has been in past years for the Seahawks, as he is one of very few bright spots in the Rams offense.
If Jackson can be kept in check, this game could be a piece of cake, as the Rams don't look to be a very effective one dimensional team.
Key 3: Keep feeding the Beast Carries
Russell Wilson has played very well, but Lynch is the staple of this offense, and this team will continue to be made and broken by his play.
The Seahawks have leaned heavily on Marshawn Lynch with his 72 carries second in the NFL and his 305 yards leading the NFC, as they've tried to ease Wilson into the league. Seattle also has the fewest passing attempts (75) and passing yards (383) in the NFL.
Lynch has only "tasted the rainbow" (Enjoy the Skittles reference?) once this season, but he may be getting into the end zone a few more times Sunday as the Seahawks look to start at a strong 3-1.
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