|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1.1||2-1||1-2||21.7||7.0||334.0||(5.2)||1.7||20.3||14.0||344.0||(5.5)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||19.1||8.7||17.8||29:57||26-109||(4.2)||20-34||59.6%||220||(6.4)||60-329||(5.4)||(17.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.5||10.7||19.4||30:10||27-112||(4.2)||21-35||59.4%||226||(6.4)||62-339||(5.5)||(15.8)|
|Offense Road Games||18.5||8.9||17.2||30:22||27-113||(4.1)||19-32||59.4%||211||(6.6)||59-324||(5.5)||(17.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.9||12.3||20.7||32:01||28-114||(4.1)||23-35||65.7%||227||(6.5)||63-341||(5.4)||(15.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.2||11.5||19.8||31:37||28-127||(4.5)||20-33||60.8%||215||(6.5)||62-342||(5.6)||(14.7)|
|Defense Road Games||22.2||11.7||22.2||31:30||25-94||(3.8)||25-39||63.9%||255||(6.6)||63-349||(5.5)||(15.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.5||1.4||0.0||13-4||32.8%||1-1||54.5%||2-50||(20.8)||2-16||(6.8)||8-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||2.1||14-5||37.6%||1-1||52.1%||3-65||(23.8)||20-2||(8.9)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.9||0.4||1.2||0.6||13-4||33.0%||1-1||66.7%||3-52||(19.9)||2-13||(5.4)||9-69|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.3||1.4|| ||13-5||37.3%||1-0||37.5%||2-45||(24.7)||3-26||(9.9)||5-45|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||36.6%||1-0||49.8%||3-61||(24.1)||23-2||(9.8)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.6||0.2||1.9|| ||12-4||36.0%||1-1||45.5%||2-57||(24.1)||3-30||(10)||5-37|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||3-0||3-0||50.0||32.3||435.0||(7.2)||0.7||10.0||7.7||266.7||(4.6)||4.3|
|Offense (All Games)||26.1||14.5||19.6||31:47||34-162||(4.8)||16-26||63.2%||188||(7.3)||59-350||(5.9)||(13.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.7||10.7||19.4||30:28||27-116||(4.2)||21-35||60.0%||219||(6.3)||62-335||(5.4)||(15.5)|
|Offense Home Games||31.9||18.6||20.4||32:41||38-175||(4.6)||14-22||62.4%||184||(8.2)||60-358||(5.9)||(11.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||15.5||8.5||18.3||28:43||23-105||(4.5)||20-35||57.9%||199||(5.7)||58-304||(5.2)||(19.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.3||10.8||19.8||30:28||27-119||(4.3)||21-34||61.0%||221||(6.5)||62-339||(5.5)||(15.2)|
|Defense Home Games||11.7||7.7||17.0||27:19||21-96||(4.6)||21-37||56.4%||187||(5)||58-283||(4.9)||(24.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.7||0.5||1.2||0.8||12-5||40.1%||1-1||61.1%||2-48||(27.9)||3-22||(8.3)||7-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.6||1.9||14-5||36.8%||1-1||51.7%||3-62||(23.4)||20-2||(9)||6-52|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.3||0.6||0.9||1.9||12-5||39.5%||2-1||66.7%||1-31||(21.9)||2-23||(9.3)||7-61|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.9||2.0|| ||12-5||39.6%||1-0||25.0%||3-73||(22.8)||2-16||(9)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.7||1.7|| ||13-5||37.1%||1-0||48.8%||3-61||(23.7)||23-2||(9.8)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.4||1.3||2.7|| ||13-5||37.0%||1-0||25.0%||4-102||(23.7)||2-14||(6.2)||7-66|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 21.7, SEATTLE 21.1|
|11/11/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||24-24||T||13.5||W||37.5||O||37-159||28-41-299||1||34-183||18-25-158||0|
|12/23/2012||@ TAMPA BAY||28-13||W||3||W||43.5||U||27-89||13-27-196||2||22-80||30-54-349||5|
|12/30/2012||@ SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|ST LOUIS: New offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer comes from the Jets, where he often abandoned the run and prefers to get cute with a lot of play-action trickery. New offensive line coach Paul Boudreau figures to keep transitioning to more man blocking, a transition they started in 2011 with little success. Steven Jackson will still be relied on heavily as long as he remains healthy; rookie Isaiah Pead will be more of a return specialist and straight backup as Jackson's heir. Jackson will continue to take third down reps, and he figures to stay on the field to handle red zone carries. There's a lot of crossing and dragging in Schottenheimer's complicated offense, which is one that could be tough for the Rams' young WRs to pick up. Rookie Brian Quick and slot guys Danny Amendola and TE Lance Kendricks are likely the biggest beneficiaries from a targets standpoint, while outside guys like Chris Givens and Austin Pettis figure to see fewer balls. Quick is the guy St. Louis is counting on to be quarterback Sam Bradford's go-to receiver. While Quick's skills are certainly impressive, he's got a big adjustment to make coming from Appalachian State's spread offense. Schottenheimer always got pass-happy in the red zone, frequently using play-action even before he had a goal line weapon in Plaxico Burress in 2011. Only three teams forced fewer turnovers than the Rams did in 2011, and their horrible offense helped contribute to the rise in points and yards allowed. St. Louis did improve in the offseason with the signings of CB Cortland Finnegan and LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, but those two guys aren't enough to make this an above-average unit. Chris Long's switch to left end after Leonard Little retired paid immediate dividends in 2010, and he then had a career-high 13 sacks last season with then-rookie RDE Robert Quinn drawing attention to the opposite side. James Laurinaitis has more tackles than any NFL player over the past three seasons, and he has yet to miss a game in his career. The question is whether he'll be as productive in what's expected to be a more aggressive scheme under new head coach Jeff Fisher. Meanwhile, the team seems ready to go into the season without a defensive coordinator'the coordinator work has been handled at various times over the past few months by assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, secondary coach Chuck Cecil and linebackers coach Blake Williams, the son of suspended Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was exiled indefinitely for his role in the Saints bounty scandal. |
|SEATTLE: The Seahawks are well-versed in zone blocking after a year under current offensive line coach Tom Cable, one of the best zone-blocking coaches in the game. They play a lot of two-tight end and three-receiver sets and do a lot of inside zone runs with Marshawn Lynch, who will continue to get a mammoth workload. Change-of-pace back Leon Washington will occasionally spell Lynch on passing downs, taking about a third of the reps, and rookie Robert Turbin is expected to be used on only a handful of snaps as long as Lynch is able to remain healthy. Seattle is run-heavy near the goal line: Lynch will again have a huge role in the red zone, as Seattle was one of four teams to run it more than 60 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations. The Seahawks run a West Coast offense similar to the one QB Matt Flynn played in at Green Bay. Seattle uses a lot of three-WR sets, and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was able to open things up for slot receiver Doug Baldwin. Split end Sidney Rice is more of a perimeter threat in this offense, and Golden Tate has a chance for an increased number of targets at flanker. Tight end Zach Miller ended up being a bit redundant with Baldwin in the middle of the field, which is why his numbers were down. Miller's contributions are not expected to increase now that he'll be splitting reps with Kellen Winslow. Although their 2011 leading tackler LB David Hawthorne is now in New Orleans, the Seahawks should remain an above-average defense. They finished fourth in the NFL with 22 interceptions (Brandon Browner had six) and made huge improvements in both yards allowed and scoring defense in 2011. One of the reasons was the play of DL Chris Clemons, who after floundering for several different teams has found a home in Seattle with back-to-back 11-sack seasons'there's little reason to believe the explosive DE won't reach double figures again in 2012. Safety Kam Chancellor is an elite in-the-box run-stuffer who even plays some linebacker on passing downs. He's also good enough in coverage that he's not a liability when opponents decide to pass the ball. Chancellor forms one of the NFL's best young safety tandems with Earl Thomas, who draws comparisons to Troy Polamalu due to his athleticism and exceptional instincts. |
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*Rams-Seahawks Preview* =======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
The Seattle Seahawks need to defeat the St. Louis Rams to have any shot of winning their second NFC West title in three seasons.
Even if they don't finish atop the division, the Seahawks could still be riding a wave of momentum into the postseason.
Seattle will look to extend its longest winning streak in five seasons to five games on Sunday when the Rams try to finish undefeated in the West and above .500 for the first time since 2003.
Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson threw a season-high four touchdowns in last Sunday's 42-13 victory over San Francisco, but the Seahawks (10-5) still trail the 49ers for the West lead. Seattle has clinched a wild-card spot, but the only way it will win the division is to record its eighth consecutive home win over the Rams, and for Arizona, loser of 10 of 11, to defeat San Francisco on Sunday.
The Seahawks last won the division title in 2010 despite finishing 7-9 along with St. Louis.
"Now we're there with the opportunity to still win a division championship which would be huge for us and that obviously takes a lot of work somewhere else but we have to take care of our business first," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, whose team has won six of seven.
The Seahawks will face a Rams defense that's limited four of its last five opponents to 17 points or fewer, but Seattle has scored 150 over its last three contests. It's the most points scored by an NFL team during a three-game span since the Los Angeles Rams tallied 163 from Oct. 22-Nov. 5, 1950.
"I can't remember a team that's averaging 50 points a game over three consecutive weeks. So that's very impressive," said Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who is one win shy of 150. "But you're talking about a team that's won six out of their last seven. Their younger players are just getting better and better. It starts with the quarterback."
Wilson has thrown for eight scores and rushed for three more during the winning streak. He needs one TD pass to tie Peyton Manning's rookie record of 26.
"We have a frontline, first-rate quarterback going out there in these games and you are seeing that," Carroll said.
Wilson and the Seahawks will try to complete their first undefeated home season since 2005, when they finished 13-3 en route to their lone Super Bowl appearance.
St. Louis, winner of four of five following last Sunday's 28-13 victory at Tampa Bay, will miss the playoffs for the eighth straight season, but the team arrives at CenturyLink Field with a chance for its first four-game road winning streak since going 8-0 in 2001.
The Rams (7-7-1) can also post their first winning record since going 12-4 nine years ago. St. Louis, 4-0-1 against West rivals, defeated Seattle 19-13 on Sept. 30.
"So we don't even have like one in a million chance (to make the playoffs)? Well, we're going to play hard. We're going to finish up strong," said Fisher, who took over a team that had two wins last season and 15 total in the previous five.
"This is a chance to finish out on a winning note and a chance to be undefeated in the division. If we're able to do that, I'd say then we can jump into the offseason with optimism for next year."
It's uncertain if running back Steven Jackson will return to St. Louis - he has a player option to get out of his contract at season's end. If it is his last game in a Rams uniform, he could end it in style with an eighth consecutive 1,000-yard season. He is 10 yards shy of that mark.
Marshawn Lynch, who ran for 118 yards and a score in the Sept. 30 defeat, needs 10 yards to become the third Seattle back - and first since Shaun Alexander set a franchise-high with 1,880 in 2005 - to reach 1,500.
The Rams will also have to keep an eye on Wilson, who is third among NFL quarterbacks with 431 rushing yards.
St. Louis, though, could put plenty of pressure on Wilson as it tied for third in the league with 46 sacks after recording five last Sunday.
The Rams also had four INTs in that victory. That effort was highlighted by Janoris Jenkins' third returned pick for a TD, which tied him for the NFL rookie record and leaves him one shy of equaling the league's single-season mark.
Wilson was intercepted a season-high three times in St. Louis earlier this season, with Rocky McIntosh, Bradley Fletcher and Trumaine Johnson each recording one.
Richard Sherman picked off a pass by Sam Bradford in that game, and the cornerback is expected to play after winning his appeal of a four-game league-imposed suspension for performance-enhancing substances on Thursday. Sherman had an INT and returned a block field goal 90 yards for a score last Sunday.
"There was obviously a good amount of stress because you just don't know," Sherman said. "You know how strong your case is, how strong everything is, but it was just great to get it over with."
Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant is practicing after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury, but he's still questionable, as is Walter Thurmond (hamstring) after missing the last two games.
The Seahawks' last five-game winning streak was Nov. 12-Dec. 9, 2007. They haven't lost at home to St. Louis since a 33-27 overtime defeat on Oct. 10, 2004.
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