Cleavie Wonder

SeahawkCentric: Hawks over Rams

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles with the ball under pressure from St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) during an NFL football game at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, December 28, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle won 20-6. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher)

It’s no secret the Rams have had success against the Seattle Seahawks in recent years. Whether it’s a tricky special teams play, a dominant running game, or a relentless pass rush the Rams exploit certain match ups and take advantage of their opportunities.  Will things be any different this year?

Absolutely.  The Seahawks are tired of hearing about how the Rams have their number and they’re ready to do something about it!  Russell Wilson has made a remarkable recovery from the ankle sprain he suffered last Sunday and Thomas Rawls should get more touches to establish the run game.  Offensively, the Hawks won’t struggle as much as they did against the Dolphins.

In addition, the Seahawks defense can’t wait to get their hands on Case Keenum.  The Rams quarterback looked dreadful against the 49ers and there’s no reason to believe he will turn things around in a week.  Gurley Man could potentially have a decent game (Yes, he’s on one of my fantasy teams), but not good enough to offset all the mistakes the Hawks will force Keenum to make.  I expect Seattle to win the turnover battle by a wide margin.

The Rams will definitely feed off the crowd and I expect them to be extra excited for the return of NFL football to Los Angeles.  The adrenaline rush should carry them late into the 2nd quarter, but after halftime the better team will prevail.  Because of the recent history between these two teams and the unique element of playing the game in front of brand new fans I won’t predict a blow out.  Instead I will say the Hawks will pull out a tight game.  23-19 sounds about right.  I’ll chime in on Monday with all the juicy details of the Seahawks victory.  Until then let’s all keep a SeahawkCentric state of mind shall we?