Sam Bradford and the Rams Look for First Win Over the Seahawks Since 2004

Bear Heiser@@BearHeiserFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2010

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 2: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 2, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Did you know that prior to the win over the Redskins, the Rams lost 10 in a row? Did you know that prior to the win over the Redskins, the Rams had lost 14 in a row at home?

Did you know the Rams haven't beaten Seattle since 2004? 

If the Rams think they have any chance of competing for the division crown this season, a win on Sunday at home will go a long way. 


Let's play, the Rams win if they...

1. Stop Seattle's special teams, especially Leon Washington.

Let's be real here for a second, if Washington doesn't run back two kicks for TD's against San Diego the Seahawks don't win the game. 

Washington was traded by the New York Jets during the off-season because they weren't sure he'd fully recover from the horrific leg injury he suffered that kept him out of 9 games in 2009.

So far this season he has been the main catalyst for the Seahawks. He's played possessed, probably because of the large chip he has on his shoulder.

Washington has run back seven kicks for 324 yards and two TD's in 2010. Golden Tate has broken punt returns for 63 yards and 31 yards, not bad for the rookie out of Notre Dame.

Since the game is indoors, Rams kickers should have an easy time keeping the ball away from the Seattle return game. 

Touchbacks will be golden against Seattle.


The Rams win if they...

2. Are able to keep pressure away from Sam Bradford.

I have another did you know for you.

Did you know that Sam Bradford is third in the league in passes completed over 30 yards?

Bradford has shown a keen ability to beat defenders in man to man coverage. In order to get man to man, the offensive line MUST protect him long enough to allow for coverage breakdowns in the Seattle secondary.

If the o-line struggles, look for a heavy dose of run plays, followed by some play-action and misdirections calls to spread the defense.

Against the Redskins, Bradford changed plays at the line of scrimmage on a few occasions. Look for him to do the same if Seattle is blitz happy.


The Rams win if they...

3. Can contain Matt Hasselbeck.

Only two teams have run the ball less than the Seattle Seahawks. Hasselbeck leads the team in rushing TD's with two. 

Over his career, Hasselbeck has shown he can break the pocket for long gains, or use his feet to keep a play alive behind the line of scrimmage. 

In the week 3 win over Washington, the Rams had problems with play-action roll-outs by Donovan McNabb. The fake hand-off fooled the linebackers every single time, which creates man coverage in the secondary.  

Hasselbeck has the ability to pick apart the Rams defense; but I think in order for that to happen, the Seahawks will have to show they can run the ball first. 


The Rams win if they...

 4. Keep Seattle below a 35 % conversion rate on third down.

The Seahawks have converted 51.4% of their third downs, which ranks them 7th in the NFL

The Rams have stopped opposing offenses on third down 32.5 % of the time, which ranks them 10th in the NFL.

Seattle's leading pass catcher is TE John Carlson. Look for Matt Hasselbeck to have one eye on him at all times on third down. James Laurinaitis should plan to do the same.


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