RENTON, Wash. -- With the NFC West title and home-field advantage on the line Sunday, there are a few things you should hope to see from the Seattle Seahawks, offensively, defensively and on special team, in the game against the St. Louis Rams.
First up, the offense.
Make a splash: The Seahawks are coming off a miserable offensive showing against Arizona and now play the team that almost shut them down earlier this year.
Seattle had one big play in the 14-9 victory at St. Louis -- an infamous 80-yard touchdown reception by Golden Tate, his wave bye-bye play. Other than that, the Seahawks had 55 yards all night.
Show everyone you can move the football effectively against a 7-8 team or get ready for a lot of questions entering the playoffs. Be bold and take some shots down field.
Here are a couple of other things that can help:
Lynch in Beast Mode: Marshawn Lynch has not rushed for more than 100 yards in a game since Nov. 10. He doesn’t need to rush for 100 for the Seattle ground attack to be productive, but the running game needs more from Lynch than it has shown in recent weeks.
Lynch has averaged only 58 yards per game and 3.3 yards a carry over the last five games. And he had his worst game of the season earlier this year at St. Louis when he rushed for only 23 yards on just eight carries. Maybe a few draw plays would help, along with using Lynch on more screens to slow down the pass rush and keep the Rams from loading the box to stop the run.
Third-down efficiency: Seattle has converted only 26 percent of its third-down play in the last three games. That was only 15 percent last weekend in the 17-10 loss to Arizona when the Seahawks were 2 of 13 on third down, including no conversions in its last nine attempts. Seattle needs to be at 50 percent or better, especially at home.
The defense and special-teams list will come Saturday.