3. At St. Louis Rams, Week 1
Mar 13, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles (center) is introduced to the media at Rams Park. Foles is joined by Rams head coach Jeff Fisher (left) and general manager Les Snead (right). Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
The first two weeks of the season will determine whether the Seattle Seahawks can indeed complete a perfect season. They have a tendency to start slow (see 2014 San Diego Chargers game in Week two), and that tendency doesn’t mesh well with their early season schedule.
The St. Louis Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks in St. Louis last season (thanks to a slightly gimmicky kickoff return), and the Hawks have to travel to Missouri once more. But this time it’s in week one.
The adrenaline will surely be pumping for both teams, but remember, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas will all be coming off injuries at the end of last season.
The addition of Nick Foles was a big time move from the Rams’ front office, as they finally have a quarterback with a live arm who can distribute the ball to Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Stedman Bailey and Kenny Britt. The Rams also boast two excellent young running backs in Tre Mason and Todd Gurley.
But it’s the Rams’ defense that should scare the Seahawks the most. The Rams’ front four–Aaron Donald, Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers–is straight-up beastly. They’re so good, that Nick Fairley, an excellent defensive tackle, is listed as a backup on the Rams’ current depth chart.
Considering that the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line is a massive question mark, it’s hard to pick the Seahawks to win this game. With two completely new starters on the line, it’s a tough task to expect them to adequately block the Rams’ front four in their first NFL start.
Maybe Russell Wilson pulls off some magic, but it’s really hard to see that happening when the pocket will be collapsing on him in few seconds… or less.
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