The Seattle Seahawks begin their quest for redemption on Sunday in St. Louis. A season after losing on the last play of the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, the Seahawks look to put that in the past and put together another successful season, but this time win the Super Bowl for the second time in three years. This very well could have been their quest for a three-peat Super Bowl, but as it went, Malcom Butler was able to pick off Russel Wilson in the end zone from the 1-yard line. The rest is history, the Seahawks ended up dejected and the Patriots went on to win their 4th Super Bowl in franchise history. The occasion was celebrated last night, with the Patriots raising the Super Bowl 49 banner in Foxboro, defeating the Steelers on the celebratory night. The Seahawks consolation is a matchup against the St. Louis Rams on the road. A team that the Seahawks cannot take lightly. The Rams are revamped and looking to throw their names into the arena as a team that can be the surprise team of the year. There is always one or two of them, so why not the Rams?
The Rams haven’t been relevant since the Kurt Warner, and to a lesser extent, the Marc Bulger era. The Rams have a new quarterback, folding their hand on Sam Bradford and swapping with the Eagles for Nick Foles. It remains to be seen if Foles is the guy in St. Louis but there are some big expectations on his back to turn this franchise around. Fans in St. Louis are fed up with the winless seasons plaguing them, and in separate news, fed up with hearing about the rumors of the Rams moving to LA. The owner of the Rams does not want to keep the team in St. Louis, that much is true. With the writing all over the all, the Rams time is running out to give their fans in St. Louis something to cheer about. It isn’t a sure thing that they are moving, but there are some sweaty hands in St. Louis over the potential move. The Seahawks expect to make their lives a little more miserable in week 1.
The Seahawks’ offseason was marred by talk about the infamous Super Bowl against the Patriots and resigning Russel Wilson. And oh yeah, Wilson is a virgin and the vitamin water he endorses cured a concussion he had last season. Other than that though, all is going swimmingly in Seattle. They also have some recent controversy with safety Kam Chancellor, who continues to holdout for a big contract. It is in Chancellor’s best interest that the Seahawks struggle without him and force their hand into giving him the money. Chancellor will not be suiting up for week 1 at the very least. We will see how the Hawks fair without him against the Rams. I have my pick below.
Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams NFL Pick
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Seahawks vs. Rams Pick
After the Super Bowl the Seahawks had, a loss against the Rams in week 1 would be a disaster. Russel Wilson will be under center for the Seahawks, with none other than Marshawn Lynch behind him. The moment the Seahawks get on the 1-yard line, you know the TV commentators will be going off about it, along with jokes from people around the country. In any case, the Seahawks will have Marshawn Lynch at their disposal again in 2015 after signing a mammoth contract. Lynch rumbled for 1306 yards a year ago, his second best as a pro. The Seahawks will have a familiar face in their offense.
Not familiar to the Seahawks because this is his first year with them, but to the NFL as a whole, yes. Jimmy Graham comes over from the Saints after an illustrious career in New Orleans. His relationship with the Saints was strained a couple years ago when they didn’t want to designate him as a receiver, which would have enabled him to make more money. The effort wasn’t there from him following the disagreement. However, it is of course going to be the Seahawk defense that is the crutch of their team. They finished 1st in total team defense in 2014, as well as 1st in passing defense.
The Seahawks, though, are not the same team on the road as they are at home. It is like it is a different team on the field. The Hawks had the lone loss against the Cowboys at home last season and dropping decisions to the Chargers, Chiefs, and yes, the Rams on the road. That was a close affair in week 7, resulting in a 28-26 win for the Rams. The Rams have a tendency of surprising teams at home, just ask the 49ers and Seahawks. Travelling to the east out west for an early start is sometimes a recipe for disaster. The Rams are an improved team from last season. They only won 6 games, but they did knock the Broncos and Seahawks off. I expect the Hawks to be in for another fight in St. Louis. Super Bowl hangover for the Seahawks, as the Rams will give them as much as they can handle in week 1.
PICK: RAMS +4 (-110)