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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Five things to watch: Rams-Seahawks

By Mike Sando

There was almost no way, it seemed, for the St. Louis Rams to be this bad.

The schedule suggested they might struggle early in the season. No one could have known that they would have only 11 offensive touchdowns and two victories through 12 games, or that they would allow more rushing yards than any team in the NFL.

These were the preseason NFC West favorites.

The postmortem on this lost Rams season can wait a little longer. There's football to play in the interim, beginning with the Rams and 5-7 Seattle Seahawks coming to "Monday Night Football" in Week 14.

Brandon Lloyd
Look for Rams WR Brandon Lloyd to come away with at least one big catch at Seattle on Monday night.
Five things I'll be watching for from CenturyLink Field in Seattle:
For more, check out audio from ESPN's Mike Tirico's conversation with Brock Huard and Mike Salk on 710ESPN Seattle. Tirico said he's impressed with the moves Seattle has made, particularly on defense, and he thinks the Seahawks' season would be a success if they could get to 7-9. But one defeat this season could haunt them.

Tirico: "Do I root for teams in the NFL? Yes. I root for teams about a month ahead of Monday Night Football. And so I was one of the 18 people not involved in the game, whether in Seattle or D.C., who was rooting for the Seahawks to beat the Redskins. And that is one you start to look at now and you go, 'You know what, at 6-6, with Chicago all messed up, you could have gone on a run here at the end of the season' -- and (Seattle) still could get to 8-8 or 9-7, so the building blocks are there going forward."