I was asked a question, one that has been bedeviling me all week long. How can the Rams beat the Seahawks?
The people asking me are the fine folks at Covers.com, and as far as I know, they weren't trying to be mean. Because, really. Without Sam Bradford and with our defensive coverage schemes in complete and utter shambles, how could a person with a logical, orderly mind conceive of a win over one of the NFL's very best teams? Or better yet, how could I?
We'd like you to provide three reasons why the Rams can at least cover the spread, or even win outright, said the nice people. Well, covering the spread is one thing, and I gave them the three best reasons I could.
In short, the logical, orderly reasons begin and end with our defensive line and their ability to change the course of the game. And there are reasons for optimism. The Rams have sacked Wilson 8 times in two meetings, more than any other team, and his offensive line has gotten significantly worse since our last meeting. Moreover, his vaunted running ability has not been much of a factor vs any of his divisional foes. The Rams, 49ers and Cardinals have three of the six best (read: lowest) yards-per-carry averages allowed vs Wilson. Finally, and this is a weird little stat, Wilson's QB rating goes down by almost 40 points indoors (72.0) as compared to outdoors (110.3).
Turn any team one-dimensional on the road, and even a bad team has a chance to keep a game close. But winning a game outright? That is going to require some magic.
The same kind of magic that we saw from AJ Feeley in a week 8 game two years ago, when the Rams pulled off a colossal upset against the New Orleans Saints. Let's revisit that game and see if that same magic has any chance of carrying over to Monday night.no comments