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    Rams-Seahawks: The breakdown

    By Jim Thomas
    Sunday, Sep. 21 2008
    When the Rams run

    With two games and three weeks of practice under his belt, Steven Jackson is
    ready. Ready to carry a full load in the running game. The Rams need to make a
    concerted effort to give Jackson a full workload 25 to 30 touches if they
    expect to leave Seattle with their first victory of the season. Although known
    for their pass rush, the Seahawks did a good job on run defense last week,
    limiting San Francisco's Frank Gore to 61 yards. The Rams need to establish
    Jackson to keep the Seattle pass rushers guessing, and keep their beleaguered
    defense off the field. Opponents have held the ball an average of 7 minutes
    longer per game against the Rams the third-worst time of possession
    differential in the NFL this season.


    When the Rams pass

    Seattle ranks 27th in pass defense, just five slots ahead of St. Louis. The
    Seahawks have allowed seven pass plays of 25 yards or more, just one fewer than
    the Rams. Although the numbers look similar, the Seahawks haven't allowed
    receivers to run free all over the field, as has been the case for the St.
    Louis secondary. Seattle's coverage hasn't been bad; the Seahawks simply
    haven't been making plays on the ball. Starting corner Kelly Jennings will
    attempt to play with broken ribs. Rookie Donnie Avery is expected to see more
    extensive action at wide receiver for the Rams, but with no proven second
    option, don't be surprised if Pro Bowl corner Marcus Trufant shadows Torry Holt
    all day.


    When the SEAHAWKS run

    Julius Jones was supposed to split time with Maurice Morris in the Seattle
    backfield, but Morris has been sidelined with a knee injury. Jones responded
    with 127 yards rushing last week against San Francisco, the highest single-game
    total for a Seattle running back since 2006. Jones, the former Cowboy, is a
    downhill runner who gets to the line of scrimmage quickly, and accelerates
    through the hole in a hurry. No tap-dancing here. So if the Rams are caught out
    of position, Jones will make them pay. Seattle could be missing two offensive
    line starters because of injury. In addition, eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle
    Walter Jones will be at less than full strength with a hip injury.


    When the SEAHAWKS pass

    The injuries keep coming for Seattle. Koren Robinson was signed in desperation
    Tuesday to help a Seahawks unit that previously had lost six wide receivers to
    injury. Well, Robinson suffered a knee injury Wednesday at the end of his first
    practice. He isn't expected to play Sunday; if he does, it will be in a limited
    role. So far this season, the seven wide receivers who have played for Seattle
    have combined for only 17 catches. The team's biggest threat has been tight end
    John Carlson, who has enough speed to stretch defenses and is adept at using
    his body to shield defenders from the ball. Carlson leads all NFL rookie tight
    ends with 10 catches. But if the Rams can't cover these guys, well. ...


    Key Matchup: Barron vs. Kerney
    By Jim Thomas
    Sunday, Sep. 21 2008
    Rams' right tackle Alex Barron isn't guarding Marc Bulger's blind side, but
    he's squarely facing one tough test in Sunday's game against a Seahawks
    defensive end who epitomizes non-stop, high-effort pass-rushers.

    Seattle occasionally flops its ends, but for the most part Seahawks DE Patrick
    Kerney will line up over Rams RT Alex Barron Sunday at Qwest Field.

    When it comes to high-effort, non-stop pass rushers, Kerney is a
    standard-bearer in the NFL these days. He led the NFC with 14 sacks last
    season. And since the start of the 2004 season, only Jason Taylor (47) and
    Jared Allen (44) have more sacks than Kerney (41).

    Barron gave up a half-sack in the season opener against Philadelphia, but
    played pretty well against the New York Giants. There were times when his man
    got around him and into the backfield, but Barron usually steered him wide
    around the perimeter too wide to have an impact on Marc Bulger's passes. An
    even better performance is needed Sunday by Barron, because Kerney is good
    enough to spoil just about any quarterback's day.

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    Re: Rams-Seahawks: The breakdown

    Some NFL games are battles between an unstoppable force and an immoveable object. Todays game between the Rams and the Seahawks is shaping up to be a matchup between an immoveable offense and an unfatomably porous defense.

    If the Rams fail to take advantage of these wounded birds, I'm wondering where any wins will come this season.
    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!!

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    Re: Rams-Seahawks: The breakdown

    I think we will get SJ going this game.

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    Re: Rams-Seahawks: The breakdown

    two minutes into this game....who the hell is michael bumpus?

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    Re: Rams-Seahawks: The breakdown

    10-0, great another "fabulous" start...

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    Re: Rams-Seahawks: The breakdown

    anyone have a sopcast link?

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