The fact that the St. Louis Rams are selling tickets to this Monday night’s game for as little as $10 is a good indicator of the games intensity level. With Bradford injured, the non-existence of a running game makes the Rams’ struggle to win football games even harder, especially against teams as tough to beat as the Hawks.
The Hawks will have absolutely no problems stopping the Rams on the ground. Even with the late emergence of RB Zac Stacy, the Rams have still not scored a single rushing touchdown all year. Accompanied with the loss of QB Sam Bradford, the Rams are going to have a rough time passing against the league’s best secondary with backup QB Kellen Clemens.
Despite their offensive woes the Rams have an above average defensive line. Rams Defensive End Robert Quinn already has 7 sacks on the year and the key to offensive success for the Hawks will be containing his pass rush. Although, I don’t look for their defensive line to affect Lynch’s running game in any way, I expect the Rams to give QB Russell Wilson significant pressure in the pocket.
Unfortunately, starting tackle Breno Giacomini is out for tomorrow night’s game, but I don’t see that as much reason for concern. WR Percy Harvin practiced this week, but he will not play either. The hawks are probably just being cautious with Harvin, because his presence isn’t necessary in this week’s game against the Rams.