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Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
The Huddle
WEEK 7
~ 2007 ~
Season Ticket
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday
Sunday night
On Bye
CAR, CLE
Monday
GB, SD
*updated

Prediction: STL 10, SEA 24

What a messy game now. Once this was a shoot-out in the making but the Rams have been shorn by every team until they now look like poodles on steroids and the Seahawks last two games were getting shutout and then losing to the previously winless Saints who were the visitors. While reason says that the Rams will win a game, it also says it does not have to be this one. If Seattle were to lose this game to another team that can beat no one, they should just pack up the equipment boxes and spend the rest of the season trying out the local coffee houses.

The Seahawks swept the Rams last year, winning 30-28 at home and later 24-22 in St. Louis.

Update: The Rams are getting back some offensive players this week and Isaac Bruce had a full practice on Thursday and is expected to play. I am adding him back in. Steven Jackson has been able to practice on a limited basis this week but will not play. Brian Leonard continues as the starter again this week. Drew Bennett was held out on Wednesday but did some work on Thursday in individual drills. He is still questionable to play and I will leave him out of the projections though he has not yet been ruled out this week.

D.J. Hackett was held out of practice on Wednesday but did some work on Thursday and is expected to get some playing time this week. He will not return as a starter though and will be part of a rotation as the #3 wideout. Marcus Pollard has been held out of practice this week because of his sprained knee. I am removing him from the proections though he could still play.

St. Louis Rams (0-6)
Homefield: Edward Jones Dome
FieldTurf
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 CAR 13-27 +1 42
2 SF 16-17 -3 44
3 @TB 3-24 +4 38.5
4 @DAL 7-35 +13 47
5 ARI 31-34 +3 40.5
6 @BAL 3-22 +9 36.5
7 @SEA   +9 40
8 CLE 28-Oct SUN 1:00 PM
9 BYE - - -
10 @NO 11-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
11 @SF 18-Nov SUN 4:15 PM
12 SEA 25-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
13 ATL 2-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
14 @CIN 9-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
15 GB 16-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
16 PIT 20-Dec THU 8:15 PM
17 @ARI 30-Dec SUN 4:15 PM
STL at SEA Rush Catch Pass
QB Marc Bulger     190,1
RB Brian Leonard 50 10  
TE Randy McMichael   30  
WR Isaac Bruce   50  
WR Torry Holt   70,1  
WR Marques Hagans   20  
PK Jeff Wilkins 1 FG 1 XP  

Pregame Notes: Okay, so here is the set-up. The Rams have played three games on the road this season and have a total of 13 points to show for it. That's basically just a field goal each time which actually happened twice. The true success of the Rams this year is in avoiding shutouts and it's been pretty close in those road games. Last Sunday the Rams were playing with only one offensive lineman that had made it all five games without getting injured or having to change positions. Alas, center Brett Romberg was not to make it six thanks to a sprained ankle. Now Bulger is saying he is going to play sort of like how Jim Bowie was deathly ill at the Alamo and tried to get up to help fight the Mexicans. Maybe Bulger never heard of the Alamo. But he's ready to live it.

Quarterback: Marc Bulger says that he will start this week after sitting out for two weeks to heal his broken ribs and sprained knee. In his place, Gus Frerotte managed to look even worse than Bulger by throwing for only 208 yards with one lost fumble, five interceptions and four sacks in Baltimore. It was a rather nice piece of timing by Bulger to sit that one out. But Bulger being back doesn't necessarily spell good times with a patchwork offensive line and the fact that his two previous road games resulted in never more than 116 passing yards and a total of four interceptions and four sacks. I will project for Bulger but if you start any Rams quarterback you are asking for negative points if interceptions cost you in your league.

Bulger threw for 360 yards and three scores against the visiting Seahawks last year but only managed 215 yards and no touchdowns in the away game. That seems astronomic now.

Running Backs: Brian Leonard managed to gain 102 yards on 18 carries in week five because he was at home against the Cards. In two road games as the starter, he has totaled only 76 rushing yards on 28 carries and even has seen reduced receptions as well. Stay away if you can.

Steven Jackson rushed for 56 and 93 yards against the Seahawks last year with one touchdown in each game. He also turned in 40 receiving yards in both meetings. Seems like a fairy tale.

Wide Receivers: Isaac Bruce missed last week with a hamstring strain and was replaced by Drew Bennett who may miss this week with a hamstring strain. Dante Hall was out as well. So was Dane Looker. Torry Holt only had 33 yards last week because he was the lone healthy receiver left. Actually he is hampered by sore knees every week. He has been consistent though, since he has scored in every home game and never in a road game. Actually, the entire Rams offense has yet to score a touchdown in any road game. And it just gets worse every week. Dante Hall still has a high ankle sprain. For now the only likely wideouts to play here are Holt and Marques Hagans.

Holt burned the Seahawks for 154 yards and three scores in the home meeting but later only had 73 yards in Seattle. Bruce never produced more than 66 yards against them last year and never scored.

Tight Ends: Man, it sure would be great for Randy McMichael to step up and matter but last week he only had two catches for 29 yards.

Match Against the Defense: Does this really matter? The Rams are so ravaged by injuries that they are going to have to start calling up practice squad players. Feel safe in knowing that Holt will get his passes but nothing else.

 

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points STL 28 30 19 17 27 22
Preventing Fantasy Points SEA 7 20 14 14 7 12

 

Seattle Seahawks (3-3)
Homefield: Qwest Field
FieldTurf
  Opp Score Spread Over/Under
1 TB 20-6 -6 41
2 @ARI 20-23 -2.5 42.5
3 CIN 24-21 -3 50
4 @SF 23-3 -1.5 40.5
5 @PIT 0-21 +6 41
6 NO 17-28 -6 43
7 STL   -9 40
8 BYE - - -
9 @CLE 4-Nov SUN 4:05 PM
10 SF 12-Nov MON 8:30 PM
11 CHI 18-Nov SUN 8:15 PM
12 @STL 25-Nov SUN 1:00 PM
13 @PHI 2-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
14 ARI 9-Dec SUN 4:05 PM
15 @CAR 16-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
16 BAL 23-Dec SUN 4:15 PM
17 @ATL 30-Dec SUN 1:00 PM
SEA vs STL Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Hasselbeck     250,2
RB Shaun Alexander 60,1 10  
TE Marcus Pollard 20
WR D.J. Hackett   30  
WR Ben Obomanu   20  
WR Bobby Engram   90,1  
WR Nate Burleson   70,1  
PK Josh Brown 1 FG 3 XP  

Pregame Notes: After opening the season 3-1, the Seahawks have undergone two most painful losses to the Steelers that shut them out and then the Saints that smacked them around as if it were the Steelers again, not a 0-4 team that had no offense or defense. This has been a very easy schedule to open the year and the Seahawks have squandered it to the point that maintaining a .500 season will be a challenge. This is the easiest game they will have this season. They cannot get this one wrong. They cannot overlook any team by now. They need a feel good game before heading into their bye week.

Quarterback: The good news here is that Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for five scores over the last two home games and now the Rams come in to help add to that trend. Hasselbeck has not been getting enough protection this year and even the Saints sacked him five times last week but the Rams? Should not be an issue this week. Hasselbeck has scored at least once in every game this year and always has over 220 passing yards other than in the Pittsburgh debacle.

Hasselbeck threw for 268 yards and three scores in St. Louis last year but did not play in the second game.

Running Backs: The athlete formally known as Shaun Alexander has all but disappeared over the last two weeks, gaining a total of 60 yards on 25 carries. He has not scored since week two and has only averaged 19 carries per game for 69 yards. This is the best week that Alexander will have for the rest of the year and HC Mike Holmgren has been explaining to the media that Alexander has always looked that slow to the hole, it's just that he is stopping when he gets there now. The old Alexander would rack up obscene totals in this game. The athlete formally known as Shaun Alexander probably cannot.

The Seahawks held true to their promise to get Maurice Morris more involved. He had one carry for four yards last Sunday, up from nothing the previous week.

Alexander missed both meetings with the Rams last year but Maurice Morris gamed 74 yards on the road and 124 yards at home against them.

Wide Receivers: Deion Branch continues to recuperate from a mid-foot sprain and likely won't play until after the bye week. In his place Bobby Engram had 120 yards on nine catches against the Saints and Nate Burleson chipped in 63 yards on six receptions with a score. Even Ben Obomanu had four catches for 72 yards and a score last week. And it still was not remotely enough to beat the Saints. That sort of performance would be plenty to take down the Rams. D.J. Hackett may return this week from his high ankle sprain that has lasted since week one. I will add him in on Friday if he practices.

Branch had 76 yards and two scores in St. Louis last year but only turned in three catches for 22 yards in the home game. Darrell Jackson was the more productive wideout in both games.

Tight Ends: Marcus Pollard missed some practice time last week but still played to turn in his typical two catches for 25 yards. He's never good for more but lately has been consistent around that mark.

Match Against the Defense: As bad as the Rams have been - and they have been remarkably bad - their rush defense has been rather good and not allowed any runner to gain more than 94 yards against them. Since this is Alexander-lite who could do little against the Saints, figure on only moderate rushing yardage here.

Hasselbeck faces a secondary that has only faced two decent quarterbacks this year - Romo and Delhomme - and both threw for three passing touchdowns. Look for at least two passing scores here and three if Alexander refuses to carry near the goal line. This is as good as it gets.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points SEA 9 23 4 26 21 24
Preventing Fantasy Points STL 19 27 21 3 25 23


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~ 2007 ~
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Monday
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