The St. Louis Rams will host the Seattle Seahawks Sunday in the first game of the 2015 regular season. The Rams are playing their rivals in their home stadium, and as always the first game is one of the most interesting.
A win against the Seahawks would be a big step for the Rams who seem to struggle during the first half of the season. It will take a team effort to defeat the NFC representatives and as always the game could swing in the favor of the Rams based on the play of certain players.
QB Nick Foles
This season, the Rams have their starting quarterback from the preseason ready to go in the first regular season game of the year. The jury is still out on Foles, however, and for good reason. Everyone remembers his two starting seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles where he had a great season and followed it up with a down year. Over the preseason, Foles started and looked below average the first two weeks, though through the final two weeks he looked brilliant and showed he can be a quality QB for the Rams. So yeah, the jury is still out on Foles, but having a good game against the Seahawks will be a positive breath for Ram fans and the team going forward.
OLB Alec Ogletree
This game will be the best gauge for Ogletree. Ogletree has been a solid player for the Rams defense as a great chase and tackle linebacker helping to create some mismatches. Now heading into his third season with the Rams, he has to show development in his coverage abilities. if Ogletree is going to have a great game, he will have to help contain the running threat of Russell Wilson and also help cover tight end Jimmy Graham. Can he do it? We will find out on Sunday, but he does have the athletic ability to come away looking strong.
CB Lamarcus Joyner
The Rams secondary is pretty inconsistent, and the biggest question in the secondary has to be how well will second year corner Joyner plays. He was drafted to be the Rams' slot corner in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he showed issues in coverage in his rookie season and those issues showed up during the preseason as well. Now he can help spy on Wilson, and he does not shy from run support so he will help tackle the running backs. He should be a key player in this game.
LT Greg Robinson and RT Rob Havenstein
The Rams' offense has questions everywhere, but their bookend tackles might be the biggest weakness on the offense. Throughout the preseason, both tackles struggled in pass protection. Both players might need help from guards and tight ends when it comes to stunts and just-in-case moments. It is honestly hard to feel good about the tackle situation at the moment. Expect the Seahawks to try their best to exploit these players' weaknesses.
WR Tavon Austin
What have the Rams been missing? A player that can help explode on offense. Against the Seahawks, the Rams will need their electric playmaker to play well. It will be interesting to see how Tavon will be used this year. So far, it appears he will be an outside receiver, but he can also move to the slot and running back if need be. If the Rams want to win against the Seahawks, they need Austin to become the mismatch threat that the Rams hoped he would be when they traded up to draft him in the 2013 NFL Draft.