NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals rise, Packers fall in Week 17

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Dec 27, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is pursued by St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) during an NFL football game at CenturyLink Field. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


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What is it with the Seattle Seahawks when they play the St. Louis Rams? The Rams completed the season sweep over the Seahawks with their first win in Seattle since 2004. All of a sudden, a red hot Seahawks offense has been cooled.

A Greg Zuerlein field goal followed with a 45-yard fumble return put the Seahawks down 10-0 in the first quarter, and Case Keenum stunned the home fans again with a 28-yard strike to Kenny Britt in the second quarter. When did this defense suddenly give up so many deep shots? It’s been a problem all season.

Seattle likes to run the football, but sans Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls, this has become a tough task. Russell Wilson was playing at an MVP level, but he was largely held in check by the Rams, by Wilson’s high standards at least.

The loss doesn’t affect the Seahawks’ postseason picture a whole lot. They are in and had no chance of catching the Cardinals. The toughest part of the loss is the Seahawks are no longer a hot team entering the playoffs. This loss at home sets them back and means they must regroup with a road trip to the Cardinals coming up next week.

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