My wife and I went to the game yesterday ... and you could sense the collective frustration in the stadium starting to build as soon as Miller's TD catch was called back. I knew right away it was going to be one of those maddening games where we just couldn't get anything to go our way. Thankfully, our defense played well and kept it close and we got some RW magic in the end. And I was really bummed they didn't let Russell try to throw for a TD to break Manning's record - why not let him try for it??
I have three big concerns heading into Washington:
1. PASS RUSH. Credit to the Rams for doing a great job protecting yesterday, but the lack of pressure -- at home -- was unbelievable yesterday. This spells certain doom for us in the playoffs facing the likes of RGIII, Matt Ryan, etc. My only hope is they are saving some blitz looks for the post-season. As many have pointed out, we are suffering when we have Bryant and Branch in at the same time. I understand they want to limit the big plays, but the pass rush outside of Green Bay in the 1st half this season has not been good. If we can't make a QB uncomfortable in the pocket in our house with our home crowd advantage, how are we going to do it in enemy environments? We need to seriously refocus/upgrade our pass rush approach.
2. STOPPING MORRIS. RGIII gets all the press, but the guy I'm way more scared of is Morris. Our run defense has been kind of spotty, and I hope they expend a lot of energy preparing for Morris - he is a great back.
3. SIDNEY RICE's HEALTH. How hurt is Sidney? He has disappeared from the offense - only one target yesterday. I know he has been slowed with foot and knee issues - are they just taking it easy on him? We need him to be a stud.
I'm also concerned with the pass protection as well, especially with as much as Washington likes to blitz - but I think we can take advantage of it if they bring the heat.
Anyways, I expected a tough game - the Rams are a good team and with some upgrades on offense, they are going to be in the thick of it with us and the 49ers for the foreseeable future. The Rams have 2 first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 as part of the windfall they acquired from the Skins, so Seahawks fans better put the lid on the "Rams suck" thoughts as those days are gone.