Of course, that was all the way back in Week 4. This is a different Seahawks team that they’ll be facing, one that has dropped a grand total of 150 points on its last three opponents and only allowed 30.
Have fun with that.
Here’s everything you need to know about this Week 17 matchup.
Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
When: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 4:25 p.m. ET
Watch: Fox, NFL RedZone or online at Game Rewind
Listen: Sirius XM Radio: 93 or online at Audio Pass
Betting Line: No line, according to Bovada
What’s At Stake?
The Seahawks have already locked up a playoff spot, but they’ll take no prisoners against the Rams.
St. Louis has nothing to play for except bragging rights and to prevent all that from happening.
Rams Injury Report (via ESPN, as of Dec. 25)
No injuries to report
Seahawks Injury Report (via ESPN, as of Dec. 25)
Marcus Trufant (hamstring), CB, Questionable
Walter Thurmond (hamstring), CB, Questionable
Fantasy Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em and Sleeper
Start: Marshawn Lynch
Lynch has rushed for six touchdowns in the past four games and eclipsed the century mark in three straight. St. Louis’ defense may be solid, but it’s no match for Skittles.
Sit: Sam Bradford
Bradford played well the past two weeks, so you may be tempted to start him.
Against the Seahawks, resist that temptation. Seattle’s defense is a turnover-creating machine.
Sleeper: Doug Baldwin
Baldwin caught four passes last week for 53 yards and two touchdowns.
He only caught one other TD this season, so the performance could either be a fluke or the start of something great.
What They’re Saying
As impressive as Russell Wilson has been this season, Mike Greenburg of ESPN still isn’t convinced he’s the Offensive Rookie of the Year:
While we’re talking Rookie of the Year, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, St. Louis believes it has one in Janoris Jenkins:
Working on my notes for Week 17 ... Putting it mildly -- Rams are real pleased with Jenkins, who they think deserves DROY consideration.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 24, 2012
Rams Player to Watch: Chris Givens
Givens has shown flashes of brilliance this season. He caught a total of 16 balls for 207 yards and a touchdown in Weeks 12 and 13. In the last three, though, he’s reeled in just seven for 85.
His performance in the season finale will help the Rams decide whether or not to select a wideout early in the 2013 NFL draft.
Seahawks Player to Watch: Russell Wilson
Wilson is incredible. Overshadowed by Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III all season long, the third-round pick is leading the hottest team in the NFL.
The former Wisconsin Badger has a passer rating of 98.0 this season, and it has risen about 125.0 in four games. He may need to put up another to steal the Rookie of the Year award from the media-adored Luck or RGIII.
Key Matchup: Sam Bradford vs. Richard Sherman
Bradford has thrown an interception in five out of the past six contests. Sherman has seven picks on the season, including a trio in the last three.
He’s been one of the most dominant defenders in the NFL this season and could take over once again against the Rams’ inconsistent QB, who St. Louis would love to see end his shaky season on a high note.
On the Hot Seat: None
St. Louis look like it has a fairly promising future under Jeff Fisher.
And I guess you could say that Pete Carroll is on the hot seat, because everything he touches right now catches on fire.
The Rams need a miracle to avoid it getting ugly. The Seahawks roll, again.
Seattle by 17 (It’s Christmastime, I’m in a merciful mood.)
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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