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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Seahawks are off to the best start in franchise history, a nice little run which has a good chance to continue on "Monday Night Football" when Pete Carrolls club visits NFC West-rival St. Louis. Coverage on TSN begins with Monday Night Football at 6:30pm et/3:30 pm pt. You can watch the game live on TSN at 8:30pm et/5:30pm et. The Rams figured to have a tough time matching up with the talented Seahawks under normal circumstances and will now have to do so without starting quarterback Sam Bradford, who will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in the teams 30-15 Week 7 loss at Carolina. Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma, had thrown for 1,687 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games this season. "He was playing very, very well, not only yesterday but was just improving weekly," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "The challenge is obvious in this world when you have an impact player go down." Veteran backup Kellen Clemens, who has 12 career NFL starts under his belt, including three for the Rams (all losses) back in 2011, will take over under center for the Rams but the franchise was reportedly considering many other options, including luring the 44-year-old Brett Favre out of retirement. Favre called the offer flattering but prudently decided to stay on the sidelines. "Its flattering, but you know theres no way Im going to do that," the former three-time NFL MVP told ESPN Radio. "I had a great career. I think if anything, the last year that I played (2010 with Minnesota) was an obvious writing on the wall, vision for you if you will. It was time." The Rams did bring in another former Southern Mississippi QB, however, inking Austin Davis, as well as journeyman Brady Quinn as insurance behind Clemens. Before leaving with the injury against Carolina, Bradford completed 21 of his 30 pass attempts for 255 yards and a touchdown pass to Zac Stacy. Stacy, meanwhile, had four catches for 34 yards and also gained 53 yards on 17 carries for the Rams. The Seahawks kept up their winning ways in Week 7 when Russell Wilson threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead Seattle to a 34-22 victory over the Arizona Cardinals back on Oct. 17. Wilson completed 18-of-29 passes and added 29 rushing yards on eight carries, while Marshawn Lynch racked up 91 yards and a score on 21 totes for the Seahawks, who are 6-1 to start a season for the first time. "This was a really cool night for our football team," Carroll said. "We wanted to get on the road and get this thing done and continue to feel good about our ability to win on the road." The road has historically been a tough place for Seattle but the club is slowly turning that around, already matching its win total away from the Pacific Northwest in 2012 (three) and creeping toward the single-season franchise record of five victories in 1984 and 2005. The Seahawks are 14-2 against the Rams since 2005 but those two losses came over their past three trips to St. Louis, including a 19-13 setback a year ago. WHAT TO WATCH FOR Clemens has appeared in 31 NFL games and started 12, compiling a 4-8 record (0-3 with the Rams) since being taken in the second round out of the University of Oregon by the New York Jets in the 2006 draft. "Im definitely different," Clemens said when talking about his growth as a player. "Theres a maturity and the experience of being around this league since then." There better be because Clemens, who last started a game on Nov. 25, 2011 when Bradford suffered another knee injury, will be facing the leagues best secondary, a group which fuels the Seahawks second-ranked defense that allows just 282.1 yards per game and 16.6 points per contest. The Seattle defensive backfield is built around All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who leads the NFL with 15 interceptions since entering the league in 2011 and will be shooting for his third straight game with a pick versus the Rams, along with Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who has an INT in four of his last six games and is currently the only player in the NFL entering Week 8 with 40-plus tackles, four picks and two forced fumbles. Fisher believes Clemens will be ready. "He has a real good understanding of what were doing," Fisher said. "Hes been in the system for a long time. He was in the system at New York with (Rams offensive coordinator) Brian Schottenheimer, and he has a real good command of the offense. Hes been great in the building, on the practice field with the young guys. He expects a lot from the younger players, and hell get it from them." Seattles offense is no slouch either, ranking fourth in the NFL with 27.3 ppg thanks in large part to Wilson and Lynch, whose 578 rushing yards were second in the league entering the week to Philadelphias LeSean McCoy. The Seahawks could also get a boost from the possible return of Percy Harvin, who practiced for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in August. The dynamic big-play threat, who was acquired from Minnesota in exchange for three draft picks, including a first-round choice in April, hasnt played since Nov. 4 of last season when he injured his ankle, ironically against Seattle. The Seahawks can probably afford to sit Harvin for another week, though. "Its all day-to-day," said Harvin. "I want to play as soon as possible, but we all want to be smart in this thing." OVERALL ANALYSIS Seattle is far too talented for the Rams even with Bradford so its almost folly to expect Clemens to hit the ground running against this Seahawks secondary. "Somebodys got to play. Ill go out there and do the best job I can and try to help this team win some games," Clemens said. Clemens very well might do that but not this week, not against a Seattle team which is looking more and more like a legitimate Super Bowl contender. "It feels like we are still growing," said Carroll. "We are still a very young team and it feels that way. We have enough firepower in a lot of areas to overcome the things that are going in the wrong direction but we are playing good, solid football." Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Seahawks 30, Rams 13 St. Louis Cardinals Store . 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The $145.7-million Tim Hortons Field was slated to open this month, a year before it was to host all 32 mens and womens soccer competitions. The delay has forced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team to use a smaller facility for the first two home games of the season.The Montreal Canadiens received a spectacular goaltender effort from Carey Price in Game One at Boston. Scott Cullen has notes on Price, Tuukka Rask, P.K. Subban, Rene Bourque and more. HABS STEAL GAME ONE Despite being soundly outplayed by the hometown Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens emerged from Game One with a 4-3 double-overtime win, thanks to G Carey Price, who stopped 48 of the 51 shots that he faced. Price had a career-best .927 save percentage this season, but he had a .904 save percentage in the first round sweep over Tampa Bay, so its not like this game was standard fare. During the regular season, Price had a dozen games during which he recorded at least 35 saves, ranking fifth in the league. What is important for the Canadiens, though, is that Price is capable of stealing games like this because thats likely what is going to be required if Montreal is going to upset a superior puck possession team. At the other end, Vezina Trophy favourite Tuukka Rask stopped 29 of 33 shots and he was critical of his own performance. Maybe a little hard on himself, as goalies can be, but it could also reflect some frustration. For as great as Rask has been to this point in his career -- he has the best save percentage in the league since 2009-2010 -- but has had his problems with Montreal, including a .908 save percentage in 17 regular-season games against the Habs and has yet to beat the Canadiens in Boston, now 0-9 after Game One. Montreal got a pair of goals -- their first and last -- from D P.K. Subban, who played a game-high 33:49 in Game One and now has seven points in five playoff games this season. Likely the most pleasant surprise of this postseason for the Habs has been LW Rene Bourque, who scored three goals against Tampa Bay in the first round and came up with a goal and an assist against Boston. The Bruins controlled play so thoroughly that LW Daniel Paille hhad their worst possession numbers, and he was still on for 51.dddddddddddd9% of 5-on-5 shot attempts. Defencemen Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara as well as C Patrice Bergeron and RW Reilly Smith were all on for better than 70% of shot attempts. There was an interesting allocation at the bottom of the Habs puck possession chart for this game. LW Travis Moen (17.4%) was at the very bottom, but the next four, all under 26%, were the shortest Habs -- RW Brendan Gallagher, C David Desharnais, C Daniel Briere and D Mike Weaver. The only two Canadiens over 50% in shot attempts were Bourque and Lars Eller. Its just one game, so this could mean nothing at all, but it might be worth watching to see if the Canadiens smaller players continue to have possession problems as the series progresses. Credit to Eller, by the way, for coming up with positive possession stats while starting with one offensive zone face-off compared to 17 in the defensive zone (5.6%) in Game One. One of the subplots of the game, from Montreals perspective, is that head coach Michel Therrien demoted RW Thomas Vanek from the first line to the fourth line from a point early in the second period until midway through the third period. Vanek finished the game with 18:58 of ice time, which ranked ninth among Montreal forwards. Certainly getting a Game One win on the road is favourable under any circumstances, but getting it in a game in which they were so thoroughly dominated is especially good for the Canadiens, who had to lean so heavily on their goaltending to even have a chance. Now, can they close the possession gap and try to take Game Two in Boston without requiring Price to deliver another out-of-this-world performance? Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '

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