Rams vs. Seahawks: Why St. Louis Will Struggle, Even with Sam Bradford

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIDecember 12, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 20: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against Alan Branch #99 of the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on November 20, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Seahawks beat the Rams 24-7.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams expect quarterback Sam Bradford to play tonight against the Seattle Seahawks, but even with their franchise quarterback, the Rams should continue to struggle to move the football. 

The Rams currently rank 30th in the NFL in total offense, averaging a measly 284 yards per game. They also rank dead last in scoring, posting a pathetic 11.7 points per game.

While Bradford certainly makes them better, he hasn't had the type of season that would make you believe he can truly make a big difference tonight.

In nine games this season, Bradford has completed 179 of 328 passes (54.6 percent) for 1,971 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. His passer rating of 72.3 ranks 28th out of the 32 quarterbacks who qualify.

He simply hasn't been as good as we all expected him to be this season.

Tonight, the Rams face a Seattle team that ranks 14th in total defense (allowing 339.7 yards per game) and which has been pretty successful of late. 

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is rolling right now, having compiled an NFL-best 591 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns since Week 9.

The fact the Seahawks will rely heavily on the ground game will mean they can burn significant chunks of the clock tonight. That will give Bradford much less time to operate and should mean bad things for the Rams.

The Oklahoma product has yet to really find a rhythm with his receivers this season, and tonight should be no exception. 

The Rams will have a difficult time moving the ball tonight, even with their franchise quarterback in the lineup.