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STATS Senior Writer
(AP) -- Though the Seattle Seahawks are battered physically and bruised mentally, they still appear to be in much better shape than the St. Louis Rams.


Left agitated from their latest defeat, the Seahawks look to bounce back by sending the Rams to an 0-4 home start Sunday.


Seattle (3-2) never expected things to go as smoothly as they might have appeared during their 2013 Super Bowl-winning season, and Sunday's 30-23 home loss to surging Dallas proved that.


Averaging an NFL-leading 167.3 rushing yards entering the contest, the Seahawks were held to 80 with Marshawn Lynch gaining 61 on only 10 carries.


Russell Wilson was 14 of 28 for a season-low 126 yards with an interception, and led a Seattle offense that went 5 of 13 on third down.


A Seahawks defense that yielded 249 rushing yards in the first four games gave up 162 to a Cowboys team that went 10 for 17 on third down. Dallas joined San Diego in reaching the 30-point mark against Seattle this season.


The Seahawks, who allowed an opponent to hit that mark once last year, hasn't lost back-to-back games since October 2012.


"I think everybody was a little frustrated," Wilson said. "We're so competitive, and we all want to win. "When things aren't going the way that you practice them all the time, or the way that you're used to, or the way that you expect, sometimes you get a little frustrated."


While coach Pete Carroll took responsibility for the performance, he's pleased with his team's understanding of the situation.


"We just have to get better," Carroll told the Seahawks' official website. "Players seem to be willing to accept they have to get better, too. So we're working on that, and point the finger at me first.


"I think we're still working at it. Sometimes it takes quite a while before you find it and we're not quite there yet because we haven't found the consistency."


Carroll and the Seahawks might need to move on without more key performers.


The statuses of cornerback Byron Maxwell (calf) and linebacker Bobby Wagner (toe) are uncertain. Offensive tackle Russell Okung continues to play through a shoulder injury and tight end Zach Miller (ankle) is expected to miss a third straight game. Center Max Unger (foot) also could sit out a second consecutive contest.


Carroll knows Lynch will be on the field and needs to get the ball in his hands more.


In Seattle's three victories, Lynch has 63 attempts for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He's carried 16 times for 97 and no rushing scores in the defeats.


"We don't ever want to play a game when Marshawn carries the ball 10 times," Carroll said. "That's not enough. That's not our format that we're trying to build from."


Lynch has rushed for at least 97 yards in four of his last five games against the Rams (1-4), but was held to a season-low 23 on eight carries in a 14-9 win at St. Louis on Oct. 28.


Carroll, however, seems likely to feed "The Beast" often against a St. Louis defense that ranks 26th against the run with 139.8 yards allowed per game.


Losers of three straight and 16 of 18 to Seattle, the Rams allowed 89 rushing yards to San Francisco on Monday, but a season-high 343 through the air in dropping their third in a row, 31-17.


That could mean Wilson will look more to Percy Harvin as he tries to rebound after recording three catches for zero yards last Sunday.


Coach Jeff Fisher's main concern, however, should be with his team's play at home, where it's in danger of dropping its first four games for the first time since 2009. The Rams opened at home with a 34-6 loss to Minnesota on Sept. 7, blew a 21-0 lead in a three-point defeat to Dallas on Sept. 21 and squandered a 14-point advantage against the 49ers.


They've been outscored 66-19 in the second half of those contests.


"What we're doing here is right," Fisher said. "The players are coming to work. They're having fun, they're working hard. We don't have the production that we'd like. Things will turn."


St. Louis will look to make that happen with running backs Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham and rookie Tre Mason in the mix.


After rushing for 973 yards and seven TDs as a rookie in 2013, Stacy has scored once while gaining 240 on 61 carries this season. He was held to 17 on eight attempts Monday, but rushed for a career-high 134 in the home loss to the Seahawks last year.


Cunningham has scored a TD in two straight games and Mason ran five times for 40 yards and caught a pass for 12 in his NFL debut Monday.


Fellow rookie Austin Davis has thrown all seven of his TD passes in the last three games, but also three picks, two of which have been returned for scores. Three of his four interceptions have been brought back for touchdowns.


Source: Hosted.Stats.com

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This week we will be finally deep enough at the cornerback position. Maxwell is recovering faster than expected, and promising youngster Tharold Simon, who has had really good showings in the preseasons the last couple years will be finally make his debut which I am looking forward to against a middling passing team. Earl seems to love Simon, saying he's "basically another Brandon Browner."


The linebacking core and defense in general will be hurting without tackle-leading Bobby Wagner, however KJ Wright has played MLB before prior to Wagner's rookie year, and both Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith are well experienced enough that a great defensive game for us is more than feasible. Highly touted 4th round rookie, Kevin-Pierre Louis also played all 3 LB positions in college much like KJ Wright, so our linebackers will be ready. We may have to face the facts that Wagner won't be here next year as he is in a contract year, so this is a marquee game for them.


The Beast is due for a huge game, and he's my projected MVP of the game. He didn't get much work last week so he'll be extra fresh and healthy, on top of terrible play calling last week. Look for 32 total touches, 140 yards and a couple scores, with Turbin spelling often as well. NFC West matchups call for old school style bread and butter pounding the rock type of games. This is all the more true when Robert Quinn, the DE who seems to have Russell Wilson's number, must continue to be neutralized.


:Seahawks: 23

:Rams: 16

Edited by BC

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Rams declared WR Austin Pettis, QB Case Keenum, CB Trumaine Johnson, C Tim Barnes, S Maurice Alexander, CB Brandon McGeee, and DL Ethan Westbrooks inactive for Week 7 against the Seahawks.

After Chris Givens got the health scratch treatment last week at receiver for the Rams, it's now Pettis' turn to don sweats on the sideline. Johnson remains out with a knee injury, which was initially called a sprained MCL. Janoris Jenkins and E.J. Gaines will continue to start at corner, with Lamarcus Joyner at nickel.





Seahawks declared TE Zach Miller, TE Luke Willson, MLB Bobby Wagner, CB Byron Maxwell, C Max Unger, DT Jordan Hill, and OT Andrew McDonald inactive for Week 7 against the Rams.

The Seahawks are down four starters and their top two tight ends. Tharold Simon and Marcus Burley will fill in at cornerback opposite Richard Sherman with Maxwell out. Malcolm Smith, K.J. Wright, and Bruce Irvin will handle linebacker duties. Christine Michael is active for the first time all season.

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This game isn't close to be over, but I strongly considered picking the Rams. Pussied out.

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The fuck is wrong with Seattle? Has the super Bowl Hangover finally hit?

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Opening the season with a Packers team who tried employing the same offensive game plan that Denver did in the Super Bowl was a nice little lift to mask any hangover.

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