Rams, Seahawks Bring Monday Night Football Back to St. Louis

Posted Oct 23, 2013

For the first time since Dec. 11, 2006, the Rams will be hosting Monday Night Football at the Edward Jones Dome when the Seattle Seahawks come to town this week.

This will be the 19th Monday Night game for the Rams since moving to St. Louis in 1995, with the Rams posting a 9-9 record in those games.

This week’s appearance will be a renewal of an NFC West rivalry that began in 2002. The Rams and Seahawks last met on Monday night on November 20, 2010 in Seattle, a 24-7 Seahawks win. This week represents a chance for the Rams to work their way back into contention against the division-leading Seahawks.

In a possible good omen for the Rams, a number of Rams have seen considerable success in Monday Night games. As a member of the Tennessee Titans, TE Jared Cook is 3-0 on Monday Night, though he only appeared in one of the games, and has yet to log a reception.

“Just because it’s a huge stage, it’s something that we look forward to, and something that we’re always excited about,” Cook said.

LB Will Witherspoon, a Monday Night Football veteran who has appeared on the stage with the Rams, Panthers and Eagles, is the only current member of the Rams who played in the 2006 game, a 42-27 loss to the Chicago Bears. Now in his second tour with the Rams, Witherspoon is eager for his second prime time appearance in St. Louis.

“It’s been seven years, but it’s always fun to play in those Monday night games,” Witherspoon said. “You’re on the center stage, everyone’s watching you. You can’t make it any different than playing on Sundays, even though it truly is. All the teams that have played games on Sunday, they’re watching you, so you have to bring your A-game, and it can change your approach a little bit.”

The Rams have a rich history of performances on Monday Night. The team became a staple of the program during the team’s ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ era, appearing on ‘MNF’ 14 times between 2000-2004 and posting a 9-5 record in those games.

In the team’s first Monday Night appearance in St. Louis, the Rams defeated the Denver Broncos 41-36 in the 2000 season opener. The game also featured perhaps the most iconic image of the ‘Greatest Show’ era, with receivers Az-Zahir Hakim and Torry Holt running along the sideline as Hakim scored an 80-yard touchdown reception.