April 23, 2014

FB: Rams face test in Seattle

The Rams are certainly no stranger to the Seahawks’ excellent play at home. They are just 1-10 all-time at CenturyLink Field and have lost 15 of the past 17 meetings overall.

That includes a 14-9 loss at home to Seattle on Oct. 28.

The Rams come in having won two straight and four of their past six games to get to 7-8 on the season. That gives St. Louis a chance to post its first non- losing season since going 8-8 in 2006.

Rookie running back Zac Stacy paced a 23-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend with 104 yards and a touchdown on a career-high 33 carries. Fellow rookie back Stedman Bailey added a 27-yard touchdown run, Kellen Clemens completed 16 of his 20 pass attempts and defensive end Robert Quinn had three of St. Louis’ seven sacks.

“Run the football, play good defense and then the other things happen,” said Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.

Quinn’s third three-sack game of the season gave him a franchise-record 18 sacks on the season, breaking Kevin Carter’s record of 17 set in 1999.

Rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree forced two fumbles and first-year safety T.J. McDonald picked up the first sack of his career.

“I think a lot of credit certainly goes to our scouting department for finding those guys,” Clemens said of the Rams’ young contributors. “And a lot of it just goes to their work ethic. We’re fortunate in some regards because some of these rookies still don’t know what they don’t know.

“I said it a couple weeks ago, we’re a football team that unfortunately is not going to the playoffs, but you would not know it by the way that we continue to come in, continue to work and continue to show up on Sundays. And a big part of that has been the contributions that we’ve gotten from some of these young players.”

St. Louis hopes those young guys can help the club snap an eight-game slide in Seattle, where the franchise has not won since Oct. 10, 2004.