Rams Could Provide Rushing Dividends

After the Seahawks rushed for a franchise-worst 4 yards against Minnesota on Sunday, they may be facing St. Louis at the right time. Seattle ran for 167 yards in the regular-season opener against the Rams, a 28-0 win. The Rams rank 28th overall against the run, giving up an average of 146.4 yards per contest.

Seattle's vaunted zone-blocking scheme has not gotten off the ground this season, with the Seahawks sitting dead last in the league in rush offense, averaging just 84.4 yards per contest. Part of the issue has been injuries, with Seattle juggling bodies along the offensive line earlier in the season. But with everybody back now, and the Seahawks likely starting the same offensive line for the third straight game, they are still struggling to get a push up front.

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp is in danger of breaking his streak of his offenses finishing in the top 10 in rushing. Knapp-led offenses had finished in the top 10 in stops at San Francisco, Atlanta and Oakland. "It basically comes down to execution," Seattle running back Justin Forsett said. "We've got some good stuff called, but we've just got to make more plays."

Seattle's struggles moving the ball on the ground have not gone unnoticed by head coach Jim Mora. "We're going to keep working at it," he said. "We've got to do that in all areas. We've got to go back to work tomorrow and say, 'Hey, we're going to get better, we're going to get better, we're going to get better.'"

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--QB Matt Hasselbeck broke his streak of two straight 300-yard passing games, finishing 19 of 26 for 231 yards and an interception. The Seahawks are 3-5 with Hasselbeck as a starter this season.

--RB Justin Forsett rushed for 9 yards on nine carries against Minnesota, but he had 80 receiving yards. Forsett could go back to sharing the load with Julius Jones if the Notre Dame product returns from a bruised lung that forced him to miss last week's game against the Vikings.

--TE John Carlson finished without a catch for the first time in his two-year NFL career, as the Seahawks continue to keep the tight end in on pass protection to help keep Matt Hasselbeck upright.

--WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh finished with four receptions for 36 yards against Minnesota, one of the teams he considered going to during the free agency period in the offseason.

--WR Nate Burleson totaled eight receptions and 100 yards receiving against his former team. Burleson played his first three years in Minnesota before signing with Seattle in 2006.

--LB David Hawthorne led the team in tackles again. He had 11 solo tackles and four assists.

--DB Deon Grant's steak of 138 straight games started in his career is in jeopardy. Grant has a wrist/hand injury and his questionable for Sunday's game against St. Louis.

--DT Darryl Tapp is tied for the team lead in sacks with Lawrence Jackson and Patrick Kerney with four.

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