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October 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Five questions, five answers with Kenny Albert

For this week’s Five Questions, Five Answers, we turn to Kenny Albert, who will  handle the play-by-play for the FOX telecast of the game, along with color analyst Daryl Johnson, and Tony Siragusa on the sidelines.

The crew has already done two Rams games, against the Cowboys and Eagles, while this will be their first Seahawks game:

1, What’s your overall take on the main issue with the Rams being 1-4 this season. It seems they have had some big leads at times and not been able to hang on?

A: Right. The Dallas game they were up 21-0 and wound up losing 34-31, and then San Francisco Monday Night they had a 14-3 lead. It’s a team that unfortunately has been struck by injuries this year at some key positions with (quarterback) Sam Bradford and (defensive end) Chris Long, and they are such a young team — the youngest team in the league for the third straight year. And then they bring in Austin Davis, who is really their fourth quarterback. So you kind of feel for them. But they have hung in there. Their last three games have been against top-notch opponents I— Dallas, Philly and San Francisco — and they have been right in there. Against the Eagles they were down 31-7 and then actually had the ball with a chance to win. So a lot of yong players at key positions and then a lot of injuries. And the biggest tyhing statistically that stands out is a lot of sacks.

2. Speaking of the sacks, just one through five games, what do you see as the issue there?

A: I think early on losing Chris Long (after the first game) is a big loss. But it’s kind of baffling when you look at the 50-plus sacks they had last year and Robert Quinn second in the league with 19 and he doesn’t have any and they have gone three straight games without a sack. I know they are the first team that has ever gone the first five games with just one sack. So I know that’s something their coaches are trying to figure out, as well.

3. What is your assessment of Austin Davis?

A: We’ve lliked hm. I mean he came in the first half of week one and then wound up beating Tampa Bay in week two. He’s a fun guy to watch. He’s very athletic and he’s a great story for our perspective on the television side — there is certainly a lot ot talk about. He’s a guy that was No. 6 string in college at Soutbern Miss and then not only worked his way up to a starting spot but broke many of Brett Favre’s records and then he’s undrafted and No. 4 on the depth chart coming into training camp. But then Bradford gets hurt and Shaun Hill gets hurt in week one and it’s his job and Jeff Fisher decided to stay with him for the rest of the season. It’s an interesting story and he’s thrown for over 300 yards twice and I think he’s done a real good job.

4. What’s your assessment of the Seahawks so far?

A: It’s our first time doing the Seahawks this year and I think the first thing that comes to mind is that as the champions, you see this in every sport, everybody is gunning for them. So every opponent so far, this is their Super Bowl — they want to knock off the Seahawks. They get off a greaet start against Green Bay and then two losses since then, but certainly had a chance to win the Dallas game. I know a lot of the talk this week is about increasing Marshawn Lynch’s touches and that’s been a storyline we have been following this week, that he had only 16 carries in the two losses. We meet with Pete Carroll and some of the guys on Saturday, so it will be interesting to hear their take. But it’s never easy to repeat in any sport and I think the Seahawks certainly have as good of a chance as anybody especially if they wind up getting homefield advantage. But no matter who you play it’s the biggest game of the season for the opponents to try to knock off the defending champs.

5. What kind of atmosphere do you expect Sunday given the Rams being 1-4?

A: Well the Rams always seem to get up for these division games. Our crew has worked a number of them the last few years, and since Jeff Fisher took over, whether it’s the 49ers the Seahawks or the Cardioonals, it’s turned into the weakest division in the NFL to the best. The Rams always seem to play well against their division rivals, especially at home, despite their record. The division games always seem to bring out the best in both the Rams and the home fans.

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