Keys to the Seahawks-Rams game
Stopping the mighty Quinn
The most intriguing matchup might be on the line, where Seattle left tackle Russell Okung will attempt to stave off the pressure of St. Louis end Robert Quinn. Quinn leads the NFL with 18 sacks, setting a season team record a week ago. That total includes three against the Seahawks in Seattle’s 14-9 win over the Rams in St. Louis on Oct. 28. Okung, however, did not play in that game. Right tackle Breno Giacomini will also have his hands full with St. Louis end Chris Long, who also had three sacks in the first game against Seattle.
Unleash the Beast
Seattle is averaging 138.5 yards rushing per game, third in the NFL. But the Seahawks haven’t topped that total since getting 211 at Atlanta on Nov. 10. Marshawn Lynch hasn’t topped 100 since getting 145 against the Falcons, and hasn’t averaged more than 4 yards per carry in any of the five games since then. St. Louis, meanwhile, has a stout run defense and held the Seahawks to a season-low 44 rushing yards in the first meeting. Lynch has 1,160 yards for the season, but has just three 100-yard games after rushing for 100 or more yards 10 times in 2012. Seattle will need more out of the running game to advance deep into the playoffs.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had one of the worst statistical games of his two-year career in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to Arizona, completing just 11 of 27 passes for a season-low 108 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He was hardly solely to blame for the passing game struggles as the Cardinals did a good job covering the Seattle receivers, and Wilson was often under pressure, sacked four times and hit nine times. But Wilson also misfired a few times. St. Louis is likely to get to Wilson some on Sunday. But Wilson and the Seattle passing game need to become more efficient to get the win, and to get back on track heading into the playoffs.