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    If this year has shown us anything, it’s that anything can happen. Here we are again with a huge game against Seattle. A win and we’re back in first place with a chance to control our own destiny. A loss and we’re two games behind, in trouble and in need of help to win the division. They’re up, we’re down. So what’s going to happen? Both teams have looked good, and both teams have looked woeful. Depending on what teams show up to play, we could have any number of outcomes. Considering what has happened the last two weeks and how things look on paper, it’s interesting that the Rams are a slight favorite this weekend. Good omen or bad?

    I honestly don’t know what to make of this game, but nothing would surprise me.

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    Re: Rams Favored Against Seahawks

    I'm hoping the Rams and Seahawks put on a good show, I have to miss the Tampa-Atlanta (living in Cali) so this is the best divisional matchup I get to see. Personally I have no idea which team will win though, both have went through recent "whoops" games. The Seahawks are 2-2 in the division (both wins coming against the Niners) the Rams are 3-0 but still have to play each divisional opponent once again. If I knew which team would show up for either side this would be a lot easier and there lies the "?".

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      Re: Rams Favored Against Seahawks

      With the exception of two games (Atlanta & Seattle), every team has tried to beat us through the air and ran only to set up the pass. Now Seattle re-enters the picture after losing by the pass last time. Add to that a healthy Alexander and Holmgren should be putting on a Pattonesque ground attack. This actually plays to our current strength right now as the run defense is playing better than the pass defense. Don't get me wrong, neither is shaking the world, but the run stopping is a little better. I'll guess we'll find out Sunday if our front 7 is up to the task.
      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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        Re: Rams Favored Against Seahawks

        It's gonna be a close game with neither team having a distinct advantage over the other. Hopefully they show it here in San Antonio, but I doubt they will.

        Hey DareDevil25, what happened to that sig pic with the girl in black? You are not allowed to post here without her... Oh, that's right, I am not a mod... ;)
        This space for rent...

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        • #5
          Re: Rams Favored Against Seahawks

          Must win. I am encouraged that we are favored, even though home field typically counts for 3 pts and we are only one point favorites. the line opened at 1 and a half and has moved down to 1.
          The cause for my limited encouragement is that i always believe that the guys who set the lines in vegas have access to more info that anyone with the possible exception of dez himself.


          general counsel

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          • #6
            Re: Rams Favored Against Seahawks

            Originally posted by thoey
            Hey DareDevil25, what happened to that sig pic with the girl in black? You are not allowed to post here without her...
            Good point. It's like that fan that brought "The World Class Girlie Thread" with him when he posted over here. It's important that the guys at our card game understand that there is life beyond The Hollow.

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            • #7
              Re: Rams Favored Against Seahawks

              Originally posted by thoey
              It's gonna be a close game with neither team having a distinct advantage over the other. Hopefully they show it here in San Antonio, but I doubt they will.

              Hey DareDevil25, what happened to that sig pic with the girl in black? You are not allowed to post here without her... Oh, that's right, I am not a mod... ;)
              Oh she's in this one too, but I got rid of the old one. Let me make that pic my avatar so I still have posting privileges

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                Re: Rams Favored Against Seahawks

                Welcome back... You too DD...

                ;)
                This space for rent...

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                • r8rh8rmike
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                  by r8rh8rmike
                  Just when the Seahawks think they shook the monkey, along comes the Ram dominance in Seattle issue. One of these teams will take a big hit to their mental health on Sunday. I'm looking forward to Isaac Bruce pointing to his helmet on a conquered Qwest Field. I know how you Seahawk fans feel about the good Reverend and I'm sure we all hope he plays, albeit for different reasons.

                  A Ram win would turn the tables in so many ways, as would a win for the Seahawks. This game is SO huge for both teams in so many ways. It should be a good one.
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                • Nick
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                  by Nick
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                  By TIM KORTE, AP Sports Writer
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                  As they keep reminding themselves, that goal remains attainable. Yet one day after their second loss to NFC West rival St. Louis, everyone from coach Mike Holmgren down was asking the same question.

                  What's wrong with the Seahawks?

                  ``Some of the things that happened yesterday, I'm struggling for answers,'' Holmgren said Monday. ``And I don't like that feeling.''

                  This was one of Seattle's most celebrated games so far, a rematch with the Rams who struck for 23 unanswered points in the final eight minutes on Oct. 10, when St. Louis won 33-27 in overtime.

                  This time, the Seahawks (5-4) allowed 17 quick points. Seattle's offense couldn't keep up, nor could it reach the end zone. Matt Hasselbeck was 15-of-36 for 172 yards with an interception, and was plagued by poor decisions and drops.

                  ``I expect us to be better than that,'' Holmgren said. ``We missed. We just didn't execute. We didn't catch it very well. We didn't throw it very well, as well as I think we can.''

                  Shaun Alexander gained 176 yards rushing to put him over the 1,000-yard mark in the ninth game, but he had a key fumble after a nice 35-yard run in the fourth quarter when Seattle was trying to close a 20-12 margin.

                  Nobody knows what's wrong.

                  ``If I knew, I would tell you,'' Alexander said. ``Obviously, we haven't figured it out. We all have different ideas of what would help. As a team, we're not doing it. We'll eventually figure it out and go from there.''

                  Holmgren said repeatedly back at training camp that a deep postseason run was possible, provided Seattle's best players all performed well throughout the season.

                  So far, that hasn't happened.

                  A Seattle defense that stormed its first three opponents has been up-and-down since. Marc Bulger made six straight completions on the Rams' opening drive Sunday, and he was 11-of-13 with a 14-0 lead after seven minutes.

                  ``We made it too easy,'' Holmgren said.

                  Hasselbeck -- a Pro Bowler last season -- has had some solid games, mixed with struggles that leave Holmgren scratching his head.

                  ``We're not far from it really exploding and being good,'' Hasselbeck insisted. ``Just like the week before when there were a lot of good plays, it's just 6 inches and it's a good play. That's kind of where we're at.''

                  Great, but they've been saying that for weeks now. Hasselbeck believes the Seahawks ``are on the other side of that fine line,'' and he maintains there's optimism flowing through the locker room.

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                • Hasselbeck8MVP
                  Seahawks v. Rams - Part II
                  by Hasselbeck8MVP
                  Greetings again Rams fans...tough loss to the Pats today, but I wouldn't be too concerned - you get a Seahawk team that looks softer than Charmin toiletpaper on defense in a week...no Wistrom and more than likely no Ken Lucas (big loss...he had 2 picks in the first meeting).

                  Offensively since we lost to you...we sputtered to an embarrasing loss in Arizona, but now seem to be finding our niche again - or simply put..#37 is getting the ball much more than he was earlier in the year, just wish he'd slow down so we can afford to keep him!

                  This should be a real hard fought game on Sunday...and if I wasn't worried enough about playing you during a semi-slump, now we get to play a pissed off Rams team that will be very focused and hungry for a stranglehold on the division tiebreakers.

                  Good luck this weekend - I'll be floating around here reading your thoughts on this game... :king:
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                • RamWraith
                  Rams would make a statement by beating Seahawks
                  by RamWraith
                  BY JEFF GORDON
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                  OK, so maybe the Rams really were lucky to win in Arizona on Kurt Warner’s late fumble and in Green Bay on Brett Favre’s late fumble.

                  It isn’t often that former MVPs demonstrate such extreme charity to the same team in such a short period of time.

                  But now the Rams have an opportunity to stake their claim to legitimacy in 2006. If they can handle the Seahawks at home Sunday, they will move to 5-1 with 10 games remaining.

                  If the Rams do get to 5-1, then they could likely reach postseason play by playing .500 the rest of the season as their schedule toughens up.

                  As you would expect, Rams coach Scott Linehan really didn’t want to go there. He repeats the “one game at a time” mantra, refusing to do the math that fans and media types are doing.

                  “It’s bigger because it raises our record from 4-1 to 5-1 if we win the game, and puts us in better position in our division,” Linehan told reporters at his Wednesday news conference. “There is some reality to that.”

                  But . . .

                  “I think it’s important that we look at it as the next game, even though it is a division rival, and defending division champs,” he said. “It does kind of give you a little bit more of a feel as to where you’re at, playing a team that pretty much dominated the entire NFL last year. Our guys are real excited for the challenge.”

                  The Rams are catching the Seahawks at a pretty good time. Star running back Shaun Alexander is sidelined by a foot injury. Receiver Bobby Engram could miss the game as well.

                  Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw seven interceptions during his previous three games and coach Mike Holmgren is lamenting his team’s pass protection woes.

                  “The quarterback is getting hit too much,” he told reporters in Seattle.

                  The Seahawks fell to 31st in total defense after their disastrous 37-6 loss to the Bears. “We couldn’t have beaten a high school team that day,” Hasselbeck told St. Louis reporters during a conference call.

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                • RamDez
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                  By CLARE FARNSWORTH
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                  KIRKLAND -- Watching the St. Louis Rams kick the gold dust out of the ***** in San Francisco on Sunday was like watching what the Seahawks did to the once-proud ***** the week before at Qwest Field.

                  It also prompted similar questions. Are the Rams (and Seahawks) that good? Or is it that the ***** are that bad?

                  These twin conquerors collide Sunday in an early season biggie in the NFC West. The defending division champion Rams are 2-2 and need a victory to climb above .500, while the 3-0 Seahawks can open a 2 1/2-game gap with a victory.

                  "It's obvious San Francisco is having some problems," All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson said yesterday, when the Seahawks resumed practicing after having the previous four days off during their bye week.

                  "But St. Louis is a good team. They're the best team, in all aspects of the game, that we'll face so far."

                  That's more than locker-room talk the week of a big game. Despite their 1-2 start, that included a squeaker over the Arizona Cardinals and an overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints at home, the Rams are winners of the NFC West three times in the past five seasons and runners-up the other two.

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                  Williams had a career-high eight solo tackles against the Seahawks last December in St. Louis. Little had two sacks, six quarterback pressures and a forced fumble against the Seahawks in Seattle last year, and eight tackles, one sack and a forced fumble against them the year before, also in Seattle.

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                  -10-07-2004, 12:17 PM
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