Are the surging St. Louis Rams ready to knock off the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in a key divisional showdown?

Without injured running back Shaun Alexander, the Seahawks are missing plenty. Opponents simply don't have the same respect for their running threat with Maurice Morris in the backfield. The Rams should be able to stop the Seahawks' running game with their front four. As a result, Seattle not only would become one-dimensional on offense, but the Rams' linebackers also would be free to be involved in coverage.

Matt Hasselbeck is capable of carrying the weight of the offense on his passing arm if necessary. But new St. Louis defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has had good success with an attacking scheme that applies steady pressure on the quarterback and forces turnovers and other mistakes in the passing game.

The Rams also should have success pounding the ball up the middle with Steven Jackson, who is thriving in an offense that places greater emphasis in the running game under new coach Scott Linehan. Guards Todd Steussie and Adam Timmerman are capable of consistently opening holes by winning their one-on-one battles with tackles Chartrick Darby and Rocky Bernard, thus allowing center Richie Incognito to get in front of middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu

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