4:15 PM ET, November 13, 2005
St Louis (4-4) at Seattle (6-2), Sunday 4:15 pm EST
SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Rams posted a pair of memorable wins at Qwest Field last season.
On Sunday, the Rams return to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks in a battle of NFC West rivals.
The Rams won all three meetings from the Seahawks last season, including a wild card contest here.
In the first meeting last season, the Rams rallied from a 17-point deficit with under six minutes remaining in a 33-27 victory. The playoff game here also ended in dramatic fashion as Marc Bulger threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cam Cleeland in a 27-20 victory.
The Seahawks already began making amends for 2004 with a 37-31 victory over the Rams in the first matchup between the teams this season on October 9.
Hasselbeck completed 27-of-38 passes for the Seahawks, who were missing injured starting wide receivers Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram. Starting in their place, Joe Jurevicius had nine catches for 137 yards - both career highs - and a touchdown and D.J. Hackett added five receptions for 43 yards.
Marc Bulger was 26-of-40 for 336 yards, two TDs and an interception for the Rams. But Bulger is expected to miss his third straight game with a shoulder injury.
Coming off their bye, the Rams have won games under quarterback Jamie Martin despite being shorthanded. Torry Holt has missed the last two games with a knee injury and fellow wide receiver Isaac Bruce has been sidelined the last four contests with a toe injury. It is uncertain if Holt or Bruce will return for this contest.
The Rams, who are two games behind the first-place Seahawks, are 2-1 under interim coach Joe Vitt.
Two weeks ago, Martin threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to running back Steven Jackson early in the fourth quarter as the Rams posted a 24-21 victory over Jacksonville.
The Seahawks enter this contest in the midst of a four-game winning streak, their longest run since a five-game run in 1999.
Alexander continued his big season last week, rushing for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-19 victory at Arizona.
Alexander leads the NFL with 949 yards rushing to go along with 14 touchdowns. He is 51 yards shy of his fifth straight 1,000-yard season.
Series: St. Louis leads, 10-5.
Next week: St. Louis hosts Arizona, November 20 Seattle visits San Francisco, November 20
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Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|St. Louis leads 5-4|
|Oct 9, 2005||STL 31, SEA 37|
|Jan 8, 2005||STL 27, @SEA 20|
|Nov 14, 2004||STL 23, SEA 12|
|Oct 10, 2004||STL 33, @SEA 27|
|Dec 14, 2003||STL 27, SEA 22|
|Sep 21, 2003||STL 23, @SEA 24|
|Dec 22, 2002||STL 10, @SEA 30|
|Oct 20, 2002||STL 37, SEA 20|