A raucous home crowd of 57,855 saw the St. Louis Rams grab their first home win of the season on Sunday, in a 28-26 triumph over the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
After playing on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, and suffering a stinging 31-17 loss to the rival San Francisco 49ers, and with one less day to get ready for Sunday’s visit by the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, nearly every member of the St. Louis Rams roster made his way in to the Rams Park training facility for either some type of injury treatment, film study, or perhaps even to get an early look at the gameplan for the coming week.
It’s easy to pencil the Seahawks as back-to-back Super Bowl champs after their 36-16 beat-down of the Packers last night. Or to think Green Bay is a shadow of the franchise that won it all in 2011 and hasn’t reached the conference championship since.
Fantasy football players are also ready to go all-in on Thursday night. Finding favorable matchups in the first game on the schedule each week gives a player a big edge going into Sunday.
When you win the Super Bowl, there isn’t much to complain about as far as overall team performance is concerned. But here is a look back at what the Seahawks excelled at and aspects of their game that they will need to tighten up next season.
Defense wins championships, and the NFL has not seen a defense like Seattle’s in a long time.
Sunday’s game can be heard live on KMOX 1120 AM. Pregame coverage starts at 3pm.
What will matter most? The fact that Seattle has no players with Super Bowl experience, or their youth and speed and top-ranked defense? Or will the game be won by Denver’s suddenly stout rush defense and Peyton Manning’s blessed right arm?
With all the extra attention an outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl has given the league, the NFL should commit to making the host city a major part of the Super Bowl story every year.
Both Denver and Seattle advanced this week after defeating the Patriots and Niners, respectively. The two will square off on Groundhog Day this year with the championship on the line. The question is: who will end up with the title?