– The Rams wrapped up their week of preparation for Sunday’s game in Seattle with their final practice of the week on Friday morning.
– Coach Steve Spagnuolo was pleased with the business-like approach of his team all week. After preaching that his team won’t change how they approach things just because the NFC West Division is on the line, Spagnuolo believes he got exactly the type of focus and attitude he wanted from his team this week.
– At the same time, Spagnuolo was also pleased with how loose his team was. Defensive players played the jersey game today, exchanging jerseys and confusing everyone on Friday. That’s a good sign this team isn’t too tight headed to the weekend.
– On the injury front, it appears there’s a chance that TE Michael Hoomanawanui could be available on Sunday. He practiced on a limited basis again Friday and a decision will be made on him closer to game time. Of course, with a Sunday night game, he’ll have a bit more time to recover as well. He’s going to be listed as questionable officially.
– CB Jerome Murphy (broken pinkie finger) is fine and expected to go against the Seahawks.
– Keep an eye on WR Danario Alexander this week. He got 43 snaps last week against San Francisco and was awfully involved in practice this week. He’s feeling healthier every day.
– Heading into a game in which it seems the Rams have advantages in many matchups, one area that figures to be of utmost importance is special teams.
“We’ve had a number of teams…it just seems like everybody we play has a returner with that kind of capability,” coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “You certainly saw one last week. Some games we’ve done better than most, but we certainly need the special teams guys to rise up and play pretty good. When you have a guy like that that can change the game in one play, we’re talking a lot about it. We’ve got a lot of respect for them.”
– While Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck has not been practicing this week, the Rams have to take it with a grain of salt. Against KC a couple weeks ago, it appeared Matt Cassel wouldn’t be ready to go. Then he played and led the Chiefs to a victory.
“Thanks for reminding me of that,” Spagnuolo said. “We didn’t know going into that game, did we? And he sure played pretty well. We’ll just try to make sure that whatever quarterback shows up, we can do a decent job on defense.”
– That’s going to do it for this week. I’ll have updates if there’s any news before Sunday night but if not, be sure to follow along with the running blog on Sunday night for updates before, during and after the game.
– And let me add this: Enjoy this one, Rams fans. It’s been a long time since the Rams have played in a game of this magnitude and things look like they’re only going to get better moving forward. So savor this one because you never know when the next opportunity is going to come along.
– Happy New Year, Rams fans. Thanks for reading all year long.
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