I used to hate Monday Night Football. It was actually love and hate. I loved it when I was kid because, well, I loved football, but I also hated it because instead of doing my homework, which is what I should’ve been doing, I would just watch the games with my dad. And no matter who played it was always good times.
The Seattle Seahawks take on the St.Louis Rams shortly in what has to be one of the most unanticipated Monday night football games in Seattle football history. Seriously, could this game BE any more anti-climatic? (Chandler Bing voice) It’s bad enough that the Rams essentially lost their starting quarterback for the rest of the season, but to add to it, the St.Louis Cardinals are playing across town in a world series game against the Boston Red Sox in a pivotal game 5.
The equivalent for us would be if the Seattle Seahawks were playing in an NFC championship game to get to the superbowl, and the Seattle Mariners were playing the Baltimore Orioles in a preseason game the same night. St.Louis apparently is a baseball first town.
I was really hoping to see Brett Favre back in action against the Seahawks on Monday Night. Not only would that have generated much needed buzz, but the thought of a 44 year old quarterback doing a 7 step drop going up against the likes of Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Red Bryant, Bruce Irvin and rest of the line and legion of boom, would’ve been like watching the MTV Music Awards…in this case Miley’s ass would be the Seahawks and Brett Favre would be Robin Thicke’s crotch. And we all know how that turned out.
It’s funny how the Rams were everyone’s darkhorse pick before the season to possibly be the spoiler in the NFC….and now they are so low on the totem pole, they are just fighting with Arizona to not come in last place in the beastly NFC West.
Which by the way, is it just me or is the entire NFL not very good this season? Sure you have your Broncos, Seahawks, Saints, and maybe throw in your Colts, Chiefs and Niners in there, but on the whole I just feel like so many teams are mediocre or worse. I guess that’s what the view looks like when your team is on top?
Anyhow let’s get to it! I’ve watched the Rams a couple times this season, and watched their last game against the Panthers. Here’s some general observations:
- Their defense has been underachieving statistically, but they do have some guys up front that can cause problems for our ragtag offensive line. Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis, and Robert Quinn are some of the players that our offensive lineman have heard a lot about in the past week, and they will be tested.
- They have a Percy-like player in Tavon Austin. He’s kind of like a broke man’s Percy Harvin. He’s explosive, but still hasn’t quite figured out how to translate that speed into being a great football player.
- I’ve never seen this Kellen Clemens guy play, which I think is a phrase probably trending on twitter.
- They actually hung in there against Carolina for much of the game…but talent wins out in this league, and in that respect, they have little.
Think of the Rams like an uninspired, less talented version of the Cardinals team we just took to the woodshed a week before.
The only way the Seahawks make this game even close, is if we shoot ourselves in the foot. If we get lazy with our defensive assignments, get too careless with the ball, or just not play with the same chip on our shoulder style we’ve been playing with all season, then the game might be somewhat close come halftime. It’s possible that the lack of energy in the stadium could also effect the Seahawks, who are used to feeding off the energy from hostile crowds, but I don’t think it’ll be much of an issue.
The Hawks should win easily and comfortably. Then we can sleep easy for another full week before worrying about the Bucs at home. Can we just fast forward to the playoffs yet?
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