Opponent injuries help Seahawks' cause

The Seattle Seahawks' last two games have cost them two of their best offensive players.

Receiver Sidney Rice and left tackle Russell Okung are finished for the season.

Injuries are part of the game, of course, and Seattle's next two opponents can offer corroborating evidence:

  • St. Louis, Week 14: The Rams have placed 10 cornerbacks on injured reserve this season. Like the Seahawks, they are playing without both starting offensive tackles. An ankle injury has sidelined their quarterback, Sam Bradford. Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Monday the Rams weren't sure if Bradford would return this week.

  • Chicago, Week 15: A trip to Chicago in December is rarely fun for the Bears' opponents. Facing the Bears without Okung's presence against Julius Peppers will be daunting. However, the Bears are hurting worse after losing quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte. The knee injury Forte suffered Sunday will sideline him for weeks.

The Seahawks are 5-7. They have a better-than-expected chance at reaching 7-7 before San Francisco visits in Week 16. Matching their 7-9 record from last season once appeared unlikely. Not any longer.

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