It's an NFC West clash on Monday Night Football in Week 8. Can the depleted Rams topple the roaring Seahawks at home?Monday Night’s Week 8 showdown sees an NFC West divisional battle between the 6-1 Seattle Seahawks and the 3-4 St Louis Rams. Who will come away victorious? Let's get into it.
Seattle Seahawks @ St Louis RamsWhen and where: Tuesday October 29, Edward Jones Dome, St Louis. Coverage: LIVE ESPN 10:40am AEST The Seattle Seahawks enter this week in yet another divisional battle on the road after overcoming the Arizona Cardinals in last round 34-22. Young quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch were excellent in last week's win, as Wilson threw for three touchdowns and Lynch ran for another. Seattle's offense has started to click in recent weeks despite injuries on the offensive line, and we’ll no doubt see them pound the ball with Lynch, especially in the red-zone. Wide receiver Percy Harvin is healthy again but will miss this clash as a precautionary measure, as he looks to get up to speed with the offense. He was also spotted working out with Russell Wilson this week. The defense, as you would expect, has been outstanding all season long. Last week they registered seven sacks and two interceptions, both of which were converted into touchdowns. The unit is ranked second in the league, so expect the depleted Rams offense to struggle moving the ball against the "Legion of Boom" in Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. The Rams are coming off a disappointing loss to the Carolina Panthers 30-15 in Week 7. To make matters worse, they lost starting quarterback Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury after he tore his ACL running towards the sideline. They also racked up several personal fouls, something they cannot afford to repeat against an elite team like the Seahawks. With the absence of Bradford, the Rams will have to rely on Kellen Clemens to lead this team -- but you’d have to think they are not 100% confident in him after apparently calling the 44-year-old Brett Favre to try and entice him out of retirement earlier in the week. That failed, so Clemens will suddenly be thrown into the limelight on Monday Night Football against arguably the best defense in football. The Rams have also struggled to run the ball this season - which doesn’t bode well for Clemens - so the likes of rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin and tight end Jared Cook will need to provide the QB with some offensive spark in the passing game. The defense is young and upcoming but are currently ranked 22nd in the league, so they’ll need their best performance of the season if they are to keep up with Wilson, Lynch & Co. Who to watch for: The Rams absolutely must improve their running game in this one if they are to have any chance of winning, and rookie Zac Stacy has been impressive in recent weeks as he currently average 4.3 yards-per-carry. Can he produce that kind of production against the Seahawks defense? For the Seahawks, defensive end Chris Clemons has at least half a sack in the last three games so look for him and the rest of the 'Hawks' front seven to pressure Clemens early and often. If the likes of Clemons get going early, it’ll be a long Monday night for the Rams on offense. Final word and prediction: The Rams may be at home but they have had a terrible week with the loss of Bradford. Coming up against the Seahawks defense next is cruel on them to say the least. I'll take the Seahawks to win, 27-13.