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
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
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The Rams have dealt with plenty of turmoil off the field recently, but they have seemingly been able to circle the wagons, with consecutive wins over the Saints and Jaguars. St. Louis will look to pick up where it left off prior to last weekend's open date, as it travels to Seattle for Sunday's NFC West showdown.
Few games in Week 10 of the NFL schedule provide a better running back matchup. On top of making a strong case for league MVP honors, Seattle RB Shaun Alexander has led his team to a comfortable two-game lead atop the division. If the Rams are to bridge that gap, RB Steven Jackson will need to be the more productive back on the field this Sunday afternoon.