While the St. Louis Rams aren’t among the NFL’s best, the Seattle Seahawks played well on both offense and defense en route to a 28-0 opening game victory. Jim Mora made a successful debut as Seahawks coach and Matt Hasselbeck played his first regular season game since last Thanksgiving. Hasselbeck was 25 of 36 for 279 yards with three touchdown passes, though he also threw two interceptions.
The Seahawks easily covered the spread as -7 home favorites. The ATS victory improved the Seahawks to 18-15 against the number in the past three years. The Rams dropped to a dismal 11-22 ATS in the past three years with a 9-20 mark as an underdog.
Mora hadnt been at the helm of an NFL team since he was fired by the Atlanta Falcons in 2006. He is a native of the Jet City and once worked as a visiting locker room attendant for the Seahawks. He talked about his successful homecoming in his post game interview:
“It was especially emotional for me, because there is some significance to it. I’d be lying if I told you there wasn’t. It was kind of a surreal experience.”
It was also the Seahawks first shutout in over two seasons. Linebacker Aaron Curry commented after the game that defensive tenacity and toughness are goals for the new look Seattle team:
“The whole offseason, they said our team was soft. We’ve got to change our image.”
While the Seahawks looked to be much improved over last year, the Rams looked to be the same pitiful team that stumbled to a 2-14 record in 2008. It was hardly the debut that rookie head coach Steve Spagnuolo had hoped far as St. Louis gained only 247 yards and 13 first downs. You know things are bad when players point to personal fouls as a positive, as Steven Jackson did in his postgame interviews:
“Would you rather us just get our tail kicked and walk back to the huddle? You saw some fight in this team.”
The Rams looked sloppy and undisciplined throughout, amassing 10 penalties for 85 yards and having their only touchdown of the game negated due to too many men on the field.
The schedule wont get any easier for St. Louis, as they hit the road again this week to face the Washington Redskins. Theyll open their home season the following week against Green Bay before playing another road contest on October 4th against the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle will also play away from home this Sunday, heading down the coast to meet the resurgent San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks will host the Chicago Bears the following Sunday before a road game at Indianapolis on October 4th.
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