By the numbers
The Seahawks’ record against the Rams at St. Louis.
St. Louis’ sacks this season, tied for 16th in the NFL.
St. Louis’ sacks last season, which tied for the most in the NFL.
Game time: 5:40 p.m. Monday, Edward Jones Dome.
Coach: Jeff Fisher (152-131-1 in 19 years overall, 10-12-1 in second year with Rams).
Last game: Lost at Carolina, 30-15.
The series: Seahawks lead 18-11 and have won 14 of the past 16 dating to 2004.
The early line: Seahawks by 10½ points.
Key players: Seattle had been expecting to face quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft. But he suffered an ACL tear Sunday and is out for the season. So the Rams instead will likely start Oregon grad Kellen Clemens. Clemens has started 12 games in his career, going 4-8, including an 0-3 record with the Rams in 2011, the last time he started. The Rams’ most consistent offensive weapons have been tight end Jared Cook (26 catches, 344 yards) and running back Zac Stacy (214 yards on 50 carries). Defensively, the Rams are led by end Robert Quinn, who is sixth in the NFL in sacks with seven, and linebacker James Laurinaitis, who has 55 tackles.
St. Louis’ key to success: The Rams haven’t lived up to preseason talk that they were a dark-horse playoff contender. They will be further challenged now without Bradford. After a 1-3 start, the Rams beat Jacksonville and Houston with an improved running game. They averaged 121 yards on the ground in those two wins, with Stacy getting 78 and 79. St. Louis, at least, has been careful with the ball, losing just nine turnovers, and has a plus-three turnover margin for the season.