The Seahawks have looked like the class of the NFC on the way to
their best start.
With Sam Bradford lost for the rest of the season, the St. Louis
Rams should pose little threat to Seattle’s momentum.
The Seahawks seek their 15th win in the last 17 meetings with
the Rams when they visit St. Louis on Monday night.
Seattle (6-1) has already matched last season’s total for road
wins (3) after a 34-22 victory at Arizona last Thursday. The
Seahawks haven’t won four games away from home since 2006. The
single-season franchise record is five, set in 1984 and matched in
The team’s dominant defense is second in the league in total
yardage allowed (282.1 per game) while limiting opponents to an
average of 16.6 points.
The Seahawks’ offense is also rolling, ranking fourth in scoring
with 27.3 points per game. Russell Wilson’s 97.2 passer rating is
seventh-best in the NFL, while Marshawn Lynch’s 578 yards on the
ground trail only Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy.
The team’s lone loss was a 34-28 setback at Indianapolis on Oct.
“It feels like we are still growing,” said coach Pete Carroll,
who gave his team four days off following Thursday’s victory. “We
are still a very young team and it feels that way. We have enough
firepower in a lot of areas to overcome the things that are going
in the wrong direction but we are playing good, solid
The Rams (3-4) are expected to give Kellen Clemens his 13th
career start under center after Bradford suffered a torn left ACL
in a 30-15 loss at Carolina last weekend. Bradford will have
surgery in the next 2-3 weeks after the swelling goes down.
The fourth-year starter had thrown 14 touchdowns with four
interceptions and his 90.9 passer rating was a career best.
“He was playing very, very well, not only yesterday but was just
improving weekly,” Fisher said Monday after Bradford went 21 of 30
for 255 yards with a TD and a pick against the Panthers. “The
challenge is obvious in this world when you have an impact player
Clemens is familiar with the offensive scheme after serving as
Bradford’s backup for the last two years. He also worked under
offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer during his tenure with
the New York Jets.
The eighth-year pro completed 52.7 percent of his passes for 546
yards, two TDs and one interception over three starts in 2011 while
Bradford was sidelined with a high ankle sprain.
St. Louis also signed Brady Quinn after he was cut by the Jets
on Monday, as well as Austin Davis, who was cut by St. Louis before
the opener. Davis was the Rams’ No. 3 quarterback last season.
“Somebody’s got to play,” said Clemens, who has a 62.2 career
passer rating in 31 games. “So I’ll go out there and do the best
job I can and try to help this team win some games.”
Clemens faces a defense tied for fourth in the NFL with 23 sacks
after it recorded seven against Carson Palmer last week.
Rams rookie Zac Stacy – who has 210 yards on 49 carries in his
first three starts – also appears to be in for a challenge with the
Seahawks ranking sixth against the run. Arizona ran 18 times for
only 30 yards last week.
Percy Harvin practiced Tuesday for the first time since
undergoing hip surgery in August, but Carroll said Saturday that
Harvin will not play Monday night. The coach said Harvin will work
hard until “his conditioning is caught up and he’s ready to
The dynamic receiver, acquired from Minnesota in exchange for
three draft picks, including a first-rounder in April, hasn’t
played since Nov. 4 after an ankle injury ended his 2012
“It’s all day-to-day,” said Harvin, who caught four passes for
66 yards as a rookie in his only career game versus St. Louis on
Oct. 11, 2009. “I want to play as soon as possible, but we all want
to be smart in this thing. We put a plan together and we’re just
going to take it day by day and see how it feels.”
While the Seahawks are 14-2 in the series since 2005, they have
lost on two of their last three trips to St. Louis, including a
19-13 defeat last year. Wilson was picked off three times, just one
of two multi-interception performances in his 23-game career.