1: O-Line surviving
Let’s not kid ourselves, the Rams are more than just Sam Bradford. They have a darn good defense over there, including one of the best defensive end tandems from a pass rush perspective in the entire league.
Seven sacks is an unacceptable number, no doubt, but with the backups the o-line is trying to work with, surviving that game is all that matters. Mission accomplished.
2: WR help is coming
When Harvin gets on the field all will change. No more double teams on Sidney, lots more zone coverage, the receivers will be alright folks. Not to mention Sidney missed more than a half of the football game last night (unless I missed something after he went to the locker room because I was in and out of the game during a workout in the second half). I do know Kearse was in there and dropped some passes that had to be caught, especially the third down slant.
Bottom line, the “receiver that can separate” argument is already taken care of as soon as the Hawks get healthy. Rice can separate from 1-on-1′s (although he’s getting older), Percy can obviously separate and Golden and Doug are two of the best receivers while working with little to no separation in the league.
3: It’s St. Louis
This may be an arbitrary argument, but I’m going to use it. The Rams are built specifically to stop Seattle and San Francisco. They seem to do a great job of that, even if they don’t seem to match up well elsewhere.
Also, the Hawks just do not play well in St. Louis. God only knows why, but whether it’s an early or late start, Seattle’s ability to play well just does not translate to that stupid city. Thank goodness we survived to a 7-1 record.
Also, that’s 2 of 2 on the road in the West! Can’t ask for better than that!