For the third time in four years the St. Louis Rams will be finishing the season in Seattle. This “tradition” started in 2010 when the Rams and Seahawks played each other for the NFC West title. Since then the Rams have struggled getting over the hump per say, while the Seahawks have become one of the more elite teams in the NFL.
This game will be played in the later set of games at 3:25 CT on FOX. Chris Myers and Tim Ryan will be on the call. You can catch the game on channel 713 on DIRECTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket as well as on NFL Audio Pass or NFL Game Rewind at a later time.
The Seahawks come into this game controlling their own destiny for the number one seed and home field advantage. If the Seahawks are to lose and the 49ers win, the Seahawks will drop all the way down to the five seed and will need to play on the road to get to the Super Bowl.
The Rams on the other hand don’t have a whole lot to play for. However, they do have the opportunity to play spoiler to the Seahawks as well as finish 8-8 for the first time since 2006. It doesn’t get much better than that?
|Name||Position||Injury||Practice Status||Game Status|
|TJ McDonald||S||Illness||Did Not Participate In Practice||Questionable|
|Chris Long||DE||Thigh||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Daryl Richardson||RB||Thigh||Did Not Participate In Practice||Doubtful|
|Tavon Austin||WR||Ankle||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|J.R. Sweezey||G||Concussion||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Richard Sherman||CB||Hip||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Marshawn Lynch||RB||Not Injury Related||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Percy Harvin||WR||Hip||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Red Bryant||DE||Knee||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|K.J. Wright||LB||Foot||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|
|Malcolm Smith||LB||Ankle||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Earl Thomas||S||Thigh||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Russell Okung||T||Toe||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Jermaine Kearse||WR||Ankle||Did Not Participate In Practice||Questionable|
|Derrick Coleman||RB||Shoulder||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
In terms of Tavon Austin’s game status, he will likely be a game time decision. Austin was limited in practice during the week, and it will all depend on how is ankle feels in pre game warmup. Even so it would be likely Austin’s snaps will be limited especially with the fact that Stedman Bailey has played so well as of lately.
Players To Watch: Zac Stacy and Marshawn Lynch
The success of these two offenses all comes back to how well each team can run the ball. Watch Stacy and Lynch especially early in the game. If they find success, that team’s offense will likely do well throughout the game.
Matchup To Watch: Robert Quinn vs Russell Okung
Robert Quinn has a lot on the line this week. If he can outperform Robert Mathis he will win the Deacon Jones Award as well as have a great shot at winning defensive player of the year. This will be a matchup to watch throughout the game.
Last Meeting: Seahawks 14 Rams 9
The last time these two teams played, the Rams lost the game at the one yard line on the last play of the game. It was Kellen Clemens’ first start of the season, and the Rams dominated the line of scrimmage, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams just couldn’t quite punch it in at the end.
Prediction: Rams 13 Seahawks 23
The Seahawks did lose at home last week, but that doesn’t mean that they will be doing that on a consistent basis. The Seahawks have a number one seed to wrap up and I believe they will get the job done.