(Football StL) -- If there's one thing we've learned so far during this 2012 season it's that there is a stark difference between winning at home and winning on the road. Teams that are trying to get over that hump into relevance feel quite comfortable in the confines of its own city.
Take them outside of it and into hostile territory? Winning becomes a much harder task. The crowd. The environment. The change in routine. It all factors in.
Don't ask me why though. I've taken that question to players a million times and have never once gotten a straight answer. But they continue to say winning on the road is very difficult.
Just take these first three games for example. At Detroit? Didn't make that one play necessary to win. Versus the Redskins? Did make that one play necessary to win. At Chicago. Flat out beaten by a better team.
Well, here we go Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams return home and play a very familiar divisional opponent in the Seahawks. And this is where they need to hold serve and win where they are supposed to win.
It won't be easy though because the Rams greatest weakness -- offensive line -- plays right into the hands of the Seahawks' greatest strength -- defensive line.
Chris Clemons and company sacked Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers eight (count 'em, eight) times in the first half on Monday night. Considering Wayne Hunter is playing left tackle due to the injury of Rodger Saffold, Robert Turner is subbing for Scott Wells at center and Quinn Ojinnaka had to be resigned after getting cut to be the left guard....things could get dicey.
The Bears defense got to Sam Bradford six times last week, en route to holding the Rams offense to just 160 yards.
This is where this game could be decided. Rams O-line versus Seahawks D-line.
But the home environment of the Edward Jones Dome could provide comfort that will assist make up for the talent difference in that department. It needs to.