When: Sunday, 10 a.m. PDT, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
Record: 1-2 after Sunday’s 23-6 loss to the Bears in Chicago
Where they rank: 28th on offense (20th rushing, 27th passing); 19th on defense (21st rushing, 16th passing)
Series: Seahawks lead 17-10, having won three in a row and 13 of the past 14. The Rams’ only win during this stretch was 20-3 in St. Louis in 2010.
Star power: Steven Jackson. The numbers for the Rams’ Pro Bowl running back are fairly pedestrian after three games – 41 carries for 140 yards and a 3.4-yard average. But the battering Ram of a back remains the team’s most-high profile player. His running style, however, comes with a price. Jackson often plays injured, which was the case Sunday. After not practicing all week because of a groin injury, Jackson had just 29 yards on 11 carries. He has, however, rushed for 1,000-plus yards the seven seasons. So stopping the Rams still starts with stopping Jackson.
Unsung hero: Danny Amendola. He not only leads the Rams in receiving, Amendola has 25 receptions – one fewer than the Rams’ next four receivers combined – Brandon Gibson (eight), Lance Kendricks (seven), Jackson (six) and Steve Smith (five). Can you say go-to guy? Rams QB Sam Bradford can, and does – go to this guy. Amendola ranks second in the league in receptions, is tied for third in receiving yards (296) and his nine third-down receptions lead the NFL.
On the spot: Guards Harvey Dahl and Quinn Ojinnaka. Each was beaten for a sack in Sunday’s loss to the Bears and the only quarterback in the league who has been sacked more than Bradford (12) is the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers (16). Which brings us to the Seahawks’ pass rush, which got to Rodgers eight times in the first half on Monday night. Nose tackle Brandon Mebane, who is playing as well as any interior defensive lineman in the league, had two of those sacks. Dahl and Ojinnaka also will have to deal with Alan Branch (three QB hits), Clinton McDonald (eight tackles) and Jason Jones (half a sack and two tipped passes).
Burning question: Which Rams team shows up? The one that lost a close on to the Lions (27-23) in its opener and then outlasted the Redskins (31-28) in its home opener? Or the one that got run over – literally – in the first half against the Bears and couldn’t seem to get out of its own way?
Familiar faces: OT Wayne Hunter played for the Seahawks in 2003, and started on the left side for an injured Rodger Saffold against the Bears; while Gibson played at Washington State University.
The last word: “I think the biggest thing for us is when things aren’t going well, when things aren’t going great, we have got to learn to create momentum from within. We can’t wait for it to happen. We have got to build enough energy to create it ourselves to get over that hump.” – Bradford, after Sunday’s loss
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