Rams Open Up New Season Against Division-Winning Seahawks, Eye First Playoff Berth Since ’04

While the Seattle Seahawks are trying to reach their third straight Super Bowl, the St. Louis Rams are simply trying to reach the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. In Week 1 of the brand new season on tap, the Rams will get an up-close-and-personal look at their division rivals, whose success they can only hope to emulate in the coming years. At the very least, they can begin their effort of trying to dethrone Seattle from the top of the mountain when the two teams clash at the Edward Jones Dome to begin the 2015 campaign.

Regardless of how this game goes, fans from both sides are getting one of the best deals of any Week 1 affair, as tickets to see the Rams and Seahawks go at it are averaging just $148.18 on the secondary market. Not only that, fans have the opportunity to attend this contest at a ridiculously cheap price, as the get-in price currently clocks in at only $36. To illustrate what an outstanding bargain this is, look no further than the activity of Seahawks tickets, as their average ticket price for the season is nearly $300. Thus, this easily goes down as one of the best deals on the schedule, considering it’s two potential playoff teams who are also division foes, squaring off to begin a new season.

While the Rams have been downtrodden for awhile, that doesn’t mean they haven’t had anything brewing in recent years. In fact, since head coach Jeff Fisher took over the helm a few years ago, St. Louis has been knocking on the door that is the NFC playoff picture, consistently playing teams close while hovering around .500 over Fisher’s tenure. Injuries have played a part in holding the Rams back, specifically concerning former No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford, who is now gone and no longer the club’s starting quarterback. Enter Nick Foles, who comes over from Philadelphia with a lot of promise. He has an interesting arsenal to work with, consisting of receivers like Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, and Tavon Austin. That means the running game could be and if Tre Mason is unable to build on his encouraging showing last year, the team drafted Todd Gurley as their running back of the future.

At the heart of it all, the Rams can only make a run if their defense sustains its impressive play over the past few years. Boasting the likes of Chris Long, Robert Quinn, James Laurinaitis, Janoris Jenkins, and Trumaine Johnson, this defensive unit has the potential to be one of the top-10 in the NFL. They’ll be challenged from the onset by a grueling Seahawks offense, and if they can pass the first test with flying colors, the Rams will be a team to watch out for in ’15.