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Seattle game could make or break Rams
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Tuesday, Nov. 08 2005
In terms of winning the NFC West, the Rams have reached the make-or-break point
of the 2005 season.
A victory for the 4-4 Rams on Sunday against 6-2 Seattle puts them just a game
behind the Seahawks.
However, a loss at Qwest Field puts St. Louis three games behind Seattle with
just seven to play. If that happens, the Rams actually would have to make up
four games on Seattle because the Seahawks would hold the tiebreaker edge by
virtue of sweeping the season series.
"This is a huge game for us," Rams safety Mike Furrey said. "We've set
ourselves up nice the last couple of weeks by getting two wins, and getting
back to .500. But this is going to be our big season-breaker."
"The record isn't where we would like it to be," offensive guard Claude Terrell
said. "But we put ourselves in a position to be successful, so that's all you
can ask for at this point."
But to have any realistic chance of winning their fourth NFC West title in
seven seasons, the Rams know they need a "W" in Seattle.
"The way it looks now, probably, yeah," center Andy McCollum said. "Right now,
it's the most important game of the year, and they're rolling pretty well."
Seattle has won four in a row, its second-longest winning streak in coach Mike
Holmgren's seven seasons with the Seahawks. The streak began with a 37-31
victory Oct. 9 in St. Louis in what proved to be an ailing Mike Martz's last
game as Rams head coach this season - and possibly his last game here, period.
In that game, Seattle started a staggering five series in St. Louis territory
and began a sixth on the 50-yard line. Michael Hawthorne played himself out of
a job with shaky play at safety that day. Similarly, Reggie Hodges punted
himself out of St. Louis with another subpar kicking day.
Despite all that, the Rams were still in position to win until Shaun McDonald
fumbled a punt with 3 minutes left in the game. McDonald was a last-second
replacement on that play for Terry Fair, who said he was winded.
Seattle has brought out the best and the worst in McDonald. Last season in
Seattle, it was McDonald's 52-yard touchdown catch from Marc Bulger that gave
the Rams a 33-27 victory - capping one of the biggest late-game comebacks in
NFL history. (The Rams had trailed 27-10 with less than six minutes remaining
in the fourth quarter.)
It remains McDonald's favorite catch as an NFL player.
"I always wanted to win a game like that," he said. "Especially win it, and the
game's over like that. So it was definitely a catch I'm going to remember,
The Rams figure to need plenty of catches, and plenty of points, to beat
Seattle. The Seahawks rank first in the NFL in total offense (yards per game)
and are fifth in scoring.
But the Rams aren't far behind. Even without wide receiver Isaac Bruce for the
last five games because of a turf toe injury, and with Bulger (shoulder) and
wide receiver Torry Holt (knee) both sidelined the past two contests, St. Louis
ranks second in total offense and sixth in scoring.
For the Seahawks, Matt Hasselbeck is the NFC's third-ranked quarterback.
Bulger, who returns to action Sunday, is ranked fourth.
For the Seahawks, Shaun Alexander leads the NFL with 949 rushing yards, but
surging Steven Jackson of the Rams has vaulted into ninth in the league with
Obviously, Hasselbeck must be accounted for, but if the Rams' 30th-ranked
defense can't keep Alexander from running wild, it will be a long day in the
"He's putting up ridiculous, ridiculous numbers right now," Rams linebacker
Trev Faulk said. "We definitely have a big, big challenge ahead of us."
How ridiculous? Well, Alexander is on pace for 1,898 yards rushing and what
would be a league-record 28 touchdowns.
"He's not a real flashy back, but somehow he gets 170 yards, 150 yards here and
there," Furrey said. "He's just a very disciplined back, and he sees everything
very well. He cuts off what he sees. And pretty much 100 percent of the time,
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Yards/game: 369.6 (2nd)
Yards/play: 5.9 (2nd)
Points/game: 26.0 (6th)
Total TDs: 25 (6th)
Yards/game: 387.2 (1st)
Yards/play: 6.1 (1st)
Points/game: 26.8 (5th)
Total TDs: 26 (tie 4th)
Re: Seattle game could make or break Rams
joe Jurivicus(lock Him Up!)
shaun Alexander(contain Him)
'charley Brown' Hasselbeck(pressure Him!)
mike Holmgrem(out Coach Him!)
RAMS KEYS TO VICTORY AGAINST SEAHAWKS!
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Re: Seattle game could make or break Rams
Out defense them. That's what the Rams have to do. Both offenses are going to move the ball, that's a given. What the Rams have to do is come up with big defensive plays when it counts. Everytime the Rams have won up there, they got a key three and out.
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