Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/9/11
St. Louis @ Seattle
  After predictably getting blanked by the 49ers on the road, the Rams get another stiff challenge by going up to Seattle on Monday Night Football to hopefully avoid getting embarrassed for a second week in a row.  Ok, let’s face it… the Rams have been embarrassed for just about 14 weeks in a row, with their high point being an inexplicable win over the Saints (I’m now convinced Sean Payton must have had money on the Rams, that’s the only way it could have happened), and a bye week where they mercifully didn’t have to play a game.  The Seahawks come off a big win over the “Wizard of Oz” Eagles… you know, they play with no heart, no brains, and no courage; now the ‘Hawks get to host a Rams team that they should equally dominate.

AJ Feeley was a disaster last week against the 49ers, as he was generally ineffective when he wasn’t throwing interceptions or fumbling the ball.  He also fractured his thumb on his throwing hand, so chances are the team will be forced to start a hobbled Sam Bradford in this one.  But even suffering through a high ankle sprain Bradford at least can threaten a defense better than even a healthy Feeley, so the Rams shouldn’t get blanked for a second straight week.  To keep the pressure off Bradford, the Rams will try to run the ball as much as possible with Steven Jackson, who’s been fairly cold the past month after running for three straight 100 yard games in Weeks 8-10.  The Seahawks defense hasn’t been nearly as good against the run as they had been in the first half of the season, but they will be good enough to keep Jackson from running all over them, especially since the Rams don’t have enough of a passing game to keep them from loading the box.

The Seahawks will run early and often with Marshawn Lynch, and as well they should; not only is Lynch on a roll, scoring in his last seven games and topping 100 total yards in all but one of those contests, but the Rams rank near the bottom of the league at stopping the run and have already allowed Beanie Wells and Demarco Murray to run for over 200 yards against them.  We can’t expect Lynch to total 200 yards (can’t happen to a defense three times in a year, can it?), but he is as much a virtual lock as possible to get 150 total yards or close to it, plus add at least one score.  At least for a week, Lynch is not only a must start, but could be the top RB points getter… and just in time for the fantasy playoffs too.

The Rams secondary has been decimated by injuries and only one of their players in the secondary was actually on the team in training camp, so in the 15-18 passes Tavaris Jackson will probably throw, he could find some pretty good success getting the ball to his downfield targets.  Doug Baldwin, Mike Williams, and even Golden Tate can be elevated into marginal plays, and you could make a case for any of them at your flex position if you’re desperate for a starter that has a very good matchup.

Good Start:  RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Brandon Lloyd

Middle of the Road:  RB Steven Jackson, WR Doug Baldwin, WR Mike Williams, WR Golden Tate

Bad Start:  All other Rams, QB Tavaris Jackson, TE Zach Miller
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