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    Seattle game could make or break Rams

    By Jim Thomas
    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."

    Or season-maker.

    "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
    Pacific Northwest.

    "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,
    he's right."

    * * * * ** *

    Rams' offense

    Yards/game: 369.6 (2nd)
    Yards/play: 5.9 (2nd)
    Points/game: 26.0 (6th)
    Total TDs: 25 (6th)

    Seahawks' offense

    Yards/game: 387.2 (1st)
    Yards/play: 6.1 (1st)
    Points/game: 26.8 (5th)
    Total TDs: 26 (tie 4th)

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    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!)

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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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    Re: Seattle game could make or break Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan
    Everytime the Rams have won up there, they got a key three and out.
    A large part of that was the WR's uncanny ability drop every ball on 3rd down. We have yet to see that at the same frequency as last year.


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