Originally written December 29, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Last regular season game of the year Let’s go out with a bang boys, and root our ever loving hearts out for the Cardinals to destroy the 49ers! Matchup: St. Louis vs. Seattle Date: 12-30-12 Venue: CenturyLink Field Time: 1:25 (local) Weather: High 43. Low 33. Mostly sunny Team records: Seattle 10-5. St. Louis 7-7-1 Standings: Seahawks 2nd NFC West. Rams 3rd NFC West So, as the story lines go, the Seahawks already have locked up at least a wild card slot for the playoffs. To win out the division, they will need a win against the Rams, and, a San Francisco loss against the Arizona Cardinals. Not that it can’t be done, but it is unlikely that the Cardinals are going to head up to the Stick and put a beat down on the 49ers like the Hawks did last week. Unless that is, that we hurt their pride so much that they can’t even perform anymore. (Wishful thinking at its best). Game notes/How they match up Well, the good news is that Richard Sherman will be able to go, after winning his appeals case against his four game suspension. I think a repeat performance from last week is in order. The Seahawks also re-signed Deon Butler for some additional wide receiver help. This game cannot be taken lightly. The Rams are a pesky football team, that has already beaten us, and has went toe to toe with the Niners twice this season. I don’t suspect though that the blow outs of the last three weeks will be for naught though, as the Hawks, and the 12th man will be playing for everything this week, even with a playoff spot already locked up. What to watch: Seattle Look who’s back, back again. (Photo: tdn.com) Plain and simple. Can they do it again? This game has all the fixins for a blow out. Especially with the division on the line. Will Butler be used right off the bat? Last week it was last years undrafted sensation Doug Baldwin coming up huge for the Hawks, as rookie Jermaine Kearse couldn’t come up with the big play when he was called upon. Butler is listed as second on the depth chart behind Golden Tate, but I expect to see him out there for quite a few plays. Sidney Rice was quiet last week, let’s see if he gets his name called more than once this week. And of course there is Marshawn Lynch, and Russell Wilson. The two men that carry this offense. What to watch: St. Louis Sam Bradford has this team looking like it is ready to contend, next year. But an upstart team in a tough division is not to be taken lightly, as we already know. The ageless Stephen Jackson is not quite at the top of his game anymore, but still can be a lethal threat on the ground, especially if given the opportunity to bust through the line untouched. The defense, which has been decent this year will have a tough go of it against the Seahawks now potent offense. Seattle O vs. St. Louis D Given the way this team has been playing of late, the Rams D will be no contest for our offense. If we can run up the score on the #1 D in the league, we should be able to do the same against the Rams. Russell Wilson has shown off his guns now, and with his ability to take off at any given time, his double threat style of play will have the Rams guessing all game long. The wide outs could have a field day, and now with more weapons, Butler included, no spot on the field is safe for the Rams DB’s. Marshawn is Marshawn, a freak of nature that can turn it up a notch at any given moment. Look for another 100+ yard performance from him. St. Louis O vs. Seattle D The Rams don’t have the WR threat of the Niners, Cardinals, or Bills for that matter, so keeping the deep balls intact should be a go. The running game of the Rams is good, but not San Francisco good, and we saw how that turned out last weekend. Sam Bradford is still young, and he makes the mistakes of a young QB. This Seahawks defense is good enough to not only exploit those mistakes, but possibly force him into making some as well. Injury Report Seahawks Out: Walter Thurmond, Brandon Browner. Questionable: Breno Giacomini, Leroy Hill. Probable: Red Bryant, Marshawn Lynch, Anthony McCoy, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Earl Thomas, Marcus Trufant. Rams Not listed at time of article Prediction Hawks are favored by 11. This means, if I take the cues from the last three weeks odds, the Hawks will win by 33 points. Seahawks 35 – Rams 3 CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
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