The Seattle Seahawks (3-6) will travel to St. Louis on Sunday to take on their division rival. The last time these teams squared off it was to determine the 2010 NFC West championship.
The first matchup of these teams in 2011 will likely have more bearing on which team ends up in the cellar than at the top of the division.
Many analysts and fans have had a difficult time figuring out what to expect from the Seahawks this season.
The rest have simply stopped trying.
Most of the rest, at least.
I did prepare a mid-season report for the Seahawks following their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The article drew some scorn, as I predicted the Seahawks would lose to the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Rams on the road, with a win over the Baltimore Ravens in between.
The following slides will show what the Seahawks will do to avoid a let-down loss in Week 11.
The Rams (2-7) have struggled this season, but are riding wins in two of their last three games.
Some will argue Seattle is better off ending up at the bottom of the division, as would be St. Louis. It would certainly improve their draft position, but both of these young teams need to learn how to win in the NFL.
More important, Pete Carroll and Steve Spagnuolo are two of the last people that would espouse losing for any purpose.