Week 1 – Seahawks vs. Rams Matchup

Matchup microscope

Rams OT Alex Barron vs. Seahawks DE Patrick Kerney: Each has moved to create this pivotal pairing – Barron from right tackle to left; Kerney was left end to right. The Seahawks lost their pass rush last season after Kerney went down in Week 7. By moving to the right side, he will face less double-team blocking, but also more premiere tackles. Barron will have to deal not only with the relentless Kerney in protecting QB Marc Bulger’s blind side, but also Darryl Tapp.

Broadcast Information
Kickoff Sunday, September 13
1:15 p.m. (PT)
Records Seahawks (4-0 in preseason)
Rams (3-1 in preseason)
TV FOX (channel 13 in Seattle)
Ron Pitts (play-by-play)
John Lynch (commentary)
Radio 97.3 FM & 710 ESPN Radio
Steve Raible (play-by-play)
Warren Moon (commentary)
Jen Mueller (sidelines)

One to watch
Seahawks DTs Colin Cole and Brandon Mebane vs. Rams RB Steven Jackson: The Rams’ best offensive option remains handing the ball to their battering-Ram of a back. It will create a good first test for the revamped middle of the Seahawks’ line. The 330-pound Cole was added in free agency to provide a run-stuffing presence at nose tackle, which has allowed the disruptive Mebane to move to the three-technique spot. Jackson averaged a league-high 118.4 yards rushing and receiving last season.

Fun to watch
Aaron Curry: The Seahawks’ first-round draft choice is getting a lot of play for rookie of the year honors in preseason prognostications, and rightfully so. The strong-side linebacker was active – and productive – during the preseason, when his calling card was playing full speed on every play.

Notable
The Seahawks have swept the home-and-home series the past four seasons, giving them a 12-9 edge overall. … Bulger has taken snaps from center in practiced this week for the first time since breaking the pinkie on his throwing hand in the preseason opener. … The Seahawks have 10 new starters, five each on either side of the ball: WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, FB Justin Griffith, OT Ray Willis, C Steve Vallos, OG Max Unger; DE Cory Redding, CB Ken Lucas, FS Jordan Babineaux, Cole and Curry. There also are four players who are starting at new positions: Josh Wilson at left cornerback, Rob Sims at left guard, Mebane and Kerney. … The Seahawks have won five of their past six home openers. … Just like the Seahawks, the Rams have a new head coach (Steve Spagnuolo), a new offensive coordinator (Pat Shurmur, nephew of former Seahawks defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmur) and a new defensive coordinator (former Seahawks, PLU and UW coach Ken Flajole).


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