SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER STAFF
<LI>WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, 1:15 p.m., Qwest Field
<LI>RECORD: 2-2 after beating the ***** 24-14 in San Francisco on Sunday night
<LI>WHERE THEY RANK: No. 6 on offense (tied for 15th rushing, sixth passing); No. 27 on defense (28th rushing, 22nd passing)
<LI>SERIES: Rams lead 7-4, but have lost the past two seasons in Seattle
<LI>STAR POWER: Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. Holt led the NFL with 117 receptions last season. This year, defending the Rams passing game has once again become a matter of dealing with at least four productive hands. This year, Bruce leads the league in catches (32), receiving yards (448) and has posted four consecutive 100-yard games. With Bruce at his best on the underneath routes, it opens up more for Holt (25 catches).
<LI>UNSUNG HERO: Joey Goodspeed. The Rams with a fullback? Yes, and a productive one at that. They burned through 11 players at the position since the start of training camp last year before settling on Goodspeed. The third-year player from Notre Dame was pounding holes in the ***** defense Sunday night for Marshall Faulk -- who had more rushing yards in the first half against the ***** (66) than in the previous two games combined (64) and finished with the 37th 100-yard game of his career. Goodspeed also scored, on his first NFL carry.
Speaking of running the ball, here's another nugget: The Rams had more running plays (36) than passing plays (25) against the ***** for only the 11th time under coach Mike Martz. They are 11-0 in those games.
<LI>ON THE SPOT: Grant Williams and Marc Bulger. Another double shot, because the job right tackle Williams does against Seahawks defensive end Chike Okeafor will affect what quarterback Bulger is able to do. It's no secret Bulger is at his best when allowed to set his feet before throwing. Williams, the former Seahawk who is subbing for the injured Kyle Turley, was beaten for two sacks by the Saints' Charles Grant two weeks ago. Williams will have to do a better job of protecting Bulger, and preventing Okeafor from forcing the QB to throw on the run.
<LI>INJURY REPORT: Guard Scott Tercero made his first NFL start against the ***** for Chris Dishman (sprained knee) and likely will start this week. Safety Adam Archuleta (bulging disc in back, sore hamstring) did not start against the *****, but played in the nickel defense. He could see a limited role against the Seahawks. CB DeJuan Groce (sprained knee) did not play against the ***** and is questionable. CB Travis Fisher (broken forearm) will not play.
<LI>FAMILIAR FACES: The Rams' roster is peppered with players with Northwest connections. There's Williams, who played with the Seahawks from 1996-99. There are three former University of Washington Huskies who grew up in the area -- backup quarterback Chris Chandler from Everett, tight end Cameron Cleeland from Sedro-Woolley, and wide receiver Dane Looker from Puyallup. There's also defensive end Bryce Fisher, who's from Renton and went to Seattle Prep; and rookie defensive tackle Brian Howard, who played at Davis High School in Yakima and Kent-Meridian.
<LI>THE FINAL WORD: "I'll do anything that's going to make this team get better and win. They can line me up at safety, I don't care, as long as this team wins games." -- Leonard Little, the Rams' Pro Bowl defensive end, on playing at linebacker for a couple of snaps against the *****.
-- Clare Farnsworth