NFL Week 7 – Rams in Tough Against Hungry Seahawks (UPDATED)
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The reigning Super Bowl champs have some work to do after last Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. This week, the Seattle Seahawks (3-2, 1-1 away) travel to the Midwest to take on the St. Louis Rams (1-4, 0-3 home).
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who was a dismal 14 of 28 for 126 yards and a pick against Dallas, said, “I think everybody was a little frustrated. We’re so competitive, and we all want to win. When things aren’t going the way that you practice them all the time, or the way that you’re used to, or the way that you expect, sometimes you get a little frustrated.”
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll echoed his quarterback’s sentiments.
Carroll said, “We just have to get better. Players seem to be willing to accept they have to get better, too. So we’re working on that, and point the finger at me first. I think we’re still working at it. Sometimes it takes quite a while before you find it and we’re not quite there yet because we haven’t found the consistency.”
One of the issues for the Seahawks last week was the run game. Marshawn Lynch failed to initiate “Beast Mode” against Dallas, gaining only 61 yards. Prior to the Cowboys game, the Seahawks had the top rushing offense in the league. They now sit second to Dallas.
As for the Rams, who lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford before the season started, it’s been an uphill climb. Even though signal caller Austin Davis has seven TDs in the last three games, the club is still struggling to post wins, especially at home.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said, “What we’re doing here is right. The players are coming to work. They’re having fun, they’re working hard. We don’t have the production that we’d like. Things will turn.”
Considering both defenses have struggled of late, look for this game to hit the over at 43.
(UPDATE: Yesterday, the Seahawks dealt Percy Harvin, their leader in receptions, to the New York Jets. When the Seahawks were down late to the Cowboys last week, their lack of depth at wideout became apparent. The receivers struggled to get open and, when they did manage a bit of separation, failed to haul in some tough passes from Wilson. Harvin was the closest thing they had to a legitimate number one receiver, but Carroll and company had struggled to integrate the speedster into the offense this year. With tight end Zach Miller out again this week, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, and Luke Willson will have to carry the load. Interestingly, the spread hasn’t moved much since the news broke. Seattle is still a seven point favorite. This is likely a reflection of just how little Seattle had been getting the ball to Harvin lately.)