Can the Rams get any more unlucky when it comes to playing in primetime? Last season the Rams played on Thursday Night Football and got win, but they did not play on Monday or Sunday Night last season.
Part of that is due to the fact that the season before, in 2011, the Rams played twice on Monday Night Football and didn’t really prove that they deserved to be on national television. That may just be the case once again this season, as Sam Bradford just went out with a torn ACL and Kellen Clemens will be thrown into the fire against the brutal Seattle Seahawks defense.
The Game will be played on ESPN at 7:40pm CT. Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico will be on the call. You can also catch our broadcast on fandio.com and follow our play by play on twitter. If you still can’t catch the game, it will be played on ESPN radio as well as on NFL Mobile. In addition, Rams tickets are still available so you can also buy some if you’re looking to attend the game.
The Rams come in at 3-4 and will be looking just to be respectable. Their defense hasn’t done enough this season to make you think they can win this game for the offense, and you really can’t expect the Clemens to come in and be all that effective after only a week of preparation. Not to mention the Seahawks haven’t played since last Thursday night and have had extra time to prepare for the Rams. The Rams can only hope the Seahawks come out sloppy which is highly unlikely.
The Seahawks come in at 6-1 and are the class of the NFC at the moment. Half way through the season you have to expect that they are the favorites to win the NFC West and get the number one seed in the NFC. This could also be the debut of Percy Harvin. The Seahawks don’t play well on the road, but against the Rams right now, it probably won’t matter.
The injury report for both teams goes as follows. Percy Harvin is not yet on the active roster therefore he is not required to be on the injury report although it is assumed he will be a game time decision.
Did not participate: FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring), T Breno Giacomini (knee), RB Christine Michael (illness)
Full: WR Golden Tate (shoulder), LB Bobby Wagner (ankle).
Did not participate: RB Benny Cunningham (ankle).
Limited: CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh).
Players to Watch: Kellen Clemons and Percy Harvin
This will be Clemens’ first game starting this season and it will be no easy task against the Seahawks defense. It will be interesting to see if Clemens can jump in and be somewhat successful.
If Percy Harvin plays it will be interesting to see how the Seahawks use him and how much. Harvin has been out all season and could make his debut under the lights on Monday Night.
Matchup To Watch: Rams offensive line vs Seahawks defensive line
If the Rams expect Clemons to have any success whatsoever they are going to have to protect him and give him time to throw. The Seahawks have the ninth most quarterback hits in the NFL, protecting Clemons could be a challenge.
Last Meeting: Seahawks 20 Rams 13
Last season these teams split with each other with the Rams winning in St. Louis and the ‘Hawks winning in Seattle. These teams played each other close last season. In the week 17 meeting the Rams were up 7-3 headed into the half, but the Seahawks took the lead with a pass from Wilson to Michael Robinson to go up 13-10, and then with a minute thirty left to go in the 4th quarter Wilson took the ball himself into the end zone to go up 20-13. A Bradford interception to Richard Sherman sealed the game for the Seahawks
Prediction: Rams 6 Seahawks 30
I see the offense struggling with Clemens under center and the defense will struggle against the Seahawk offense. The Rams can hope the long break will slow the Seahawks down and the extra day helps Clemons, but I just don’t see it happening. Rams go into the second half of the season 3-5.