Oct 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) greet after the game at CenturyLink Field. Dallas defeated Seattle 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
After a embarrassing second half against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football, the St. Louis Rams will be rewarded by facing off against their second NFC West opponent in as many weeks. The Seattle Seahawks are coming off of an equaling traumatizing performing, having lost just their second home game in the Russell Wilson era. Now, Pete Carroll and Co. will have to take their squad to St. Louis, where they have struggled in the past to pull away from the lowly Rams. Will anyone take the 1-5 St. Louis team at home over the one-time NFC favorites?
"Been taking some mild heat for putting the Seahawks at No. 5 in the Week 7 Power Rankings. Funny — when they win, their followers chime in as if they’ve reeled off five straight Super Bowls. No, they’re not dominant, but I don’t see them not winning in St. Louis. That’s a double negative — kind of like the Rams’ passing game faltering (because guys don’t run routes well) while their defense fails to stop the opposition’s aerial attack. Perhaps the most unreal stat of the season is that St. Louis has one sack after tallying 53 in 2013. Maybe that injury to Chris Long should have been more widely reported. And maybe Seattle should start giving Marshawn Lynch the rock more. Seventy-nine attempts in five games? Seriously? #SEAvsSTL"
"The Seahawks were pushed around in a loss to the Cowboys last Sunday. They respond here. St. Louis couldn’t match the 49ers’ physical defensive style, and that happens vs. the champs, too. Seattle gets all over Austin Davis and Russell Wilson bounces back."
"MDS’s take: The Seahawks’ schedule got off to a brutal start, as four of their first five opponents were likely playoff teams. Now the Seahawks are entering the easier stretch of their schedule, and they should make quick work of the Rams.Florio’s take: The suddenly shaky Seahawks look to re-establish themselves against the regularly-shaky Rams. St. Louis could put up a fight early (like they did at home against the 49ers on Monday night) and then fade late (like they did at home against the 49ers on Monday night). Either way, no one will be thinking the Seahawks are in danger after Sunday. Even if they are."
Some sites prefer to merely throw out their picks, instead of outlining boldly predicted scores. In a unanimous vote, the USA Today went with the Seahawks to pull out the victory on Sunday. In the Week 7 “expert picks” for ESPN, a grand total of zero out of 14 picked the St. Louis Rams to win. In CBS Sports’ “Against the Spread” predictions, only two of eight went with the “underdog” Rams, with Seattle set as 7.5 point favorites. However, with their “Straight Up” picks the votes unanimously went back to the Seahawks, with all eight experts picking Pete Carroll and Co. to win.