Seahawks vs Rams: 5 things to watch for

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Jul 25, 2014; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Dion Bailey (37) intercepts a pass during training camp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Earl Thomas will be facing his first full-contact action since the Super Bowl after having major shoulder surgery in the offseason, and 2nd year UDFA Dion Bailey is starting at SS in place of disgruntled name-caller Kam Chancellor. Meanwhile, they’ll be facing QB Nick Foles in his first game as a Ram since swapping places with Sam Bradford in an offseason trade. Foles looked great in Chip Kelly’s system in 2013, and bad last year before going down with a broken collarbone. Accuracy has always been an issue with Foles, and playing behind an offensive line with 2 rookie starters and another 3 rookies on the 2nd team, it’s safe to assume he’ll be under pressure from the Seahawks front 7. It’s also safe to assume Thomas and Bailey will get some chances to make plays. If Thomas’ shoulder holds up and Bailey can limit mistakes, the Seahawks D should have the advantage.

Next: Pressuring Foles