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Predictions & Projections
David M. Dorey
2005
Wildcard
Round
Saturday Saturday Sunday Sunday
4:30 P.M. 8 P.M. 1 P.M. 4:30 P.M.
STL at SEA NYJ at SD DEN at IND MIN at GB
  St. Louis Rush Catch Pass
QB Marc Bulger 0 0 260,2
RB Marshall Faulk 40 30 0
RB Steven Jackson 80,1 10 0
TE B. Manumaleuna 0 10 0
WR Isaac Bruce 0 80,1 0
WR Torry Holt 0 70 0
WR Kevin Curtis 0 40,1 0
PK Jeff Wilkins 2 FG 3 XP -
  Seattle Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Hasselbeck 0 0 200,1
RB Shaun Alexander 140,2 10 0
TE Jerramy Stevens 0 30 0
WR Darrell Jackson 0 80,1 0
WR Bobby Engram 0 20 0
WR Jerry Rice 0 40 0
PK Josh Brown 1 FG 2 XP -

St. Louis (8-8) at Seattle (9-7)

Game Prediction: STL 27, SEA 24

Here's a bit of a surprise. The Rams get the chance to beat the Seahawks three times in one season. Thanks to Minnesota losing in week 17, the worst division in the NFL gets to start by facing each other in the wildcard round and the visitor has been the better team twice this season already - including in Seattle.

These two teams obviously know one another quite well and the Rams already have swept the Seahawks this season thanks to a fourth quarter comeback that stole the win in Seattle back in week five.

On paper, the Seahawks should win this game but there is almost always one visitor that wins in week one of the playoffs and this game seems much more likely the best candidate for it. The Seahawks will be without Grant Wistrom this week and Koren Robinson is back to his old antics that got him deactivated from last week's game. He's now with the scout team so far this week and it appears that Jerry Rice will again be the starting split end. Throw in Hasselbeck who has been bother by elbow problems and the Seahawks are vulnerable even at home.

Neither of these teams are likely to win more than one game this month but one of them has to win here. Stephen Jackson is healthy again and should turn this game into Shaun Alexander against Jackson (with a bit of Faulk thrown in). But when it comes to passing - the Rams have the edge.

STL SEA 2004 Averages SEA STL
Gains Allows QB's Gains Allows
288
238
Pass yards
233
210
1.4
1.5
Pass TDs
1.4
1.4
1.4
1.4
Interceptions
1.1
0.4
6
9
Rush yards
7
15
0.2
0.1
Rush TDs
0.1
0.1
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RB's
---
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95
113
Rush yards
124
118
0.5
0.9
Rush TDs
1.0
0.7
37
38
Receive yards
21
40
0.1
0.0
Receive TD's
0.3
0.1
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WR's
---
---
249
163
Receive yards
168
136
1.4
1.4
Receive TD's
0.9
0.8
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TE's
---
---
14
36
Receive yards
44
37
0.1
0.1
Receive TD's
0.3
0.5
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PK's
---
---
1.2
1.7
Field Goals
1.4
1.9
2.0
2.4
Extra Points
2.5
2.4
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DEF/ST
---
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0.5
0.6
Fumbles
0.8
1.1
0.4
1.1
Interceptions
1.4
1.4
0.2
0.1
Touchdowns
0.2
0.4
2.3
2.1
Sacks
2.3
3.1
0.0
0.1
Safeties
0.0
0.0
Rams (8-8)
Score Opp.
17-10 ARI
17-34 @ATL
25-28 NO
24-14 @SF
33-27 @SEA
28-21 TB
14-31 @MIA
Week 8 bye
22-40 NE
23-12 SEA
17-37 @BUF
17-45 @GB
16-6 SF
7-20 @CAR
7-31 @ARI
20-7 PHI
32-29 NYJ
Seahawks (9-7)
Score Opp.
21-7 @NO
10-6 @TB
34-0 SF
Week 4 bye
27-33 STL
20-30 @NE
17-25 @ARI
23-17 CAR
42-27 @SF
12-23 @STL
24-17 MIA
9-38 BUF
39-42 DAL
27-23 @MIN
14-37 @NYJ
24-21 ARI
28-26 ATL