The St. Louis Rams forgot they were supposed to lay down and admit defeat against the division rival Seattle Seahawks, but they still fell just short. The Seahawks offense came out flat and never got going, save for a bit of luck on an 80-yard touchdown pass. The Seahawks have serious questions about their offensive line going forward after allowing seven sacks.
The usually staunch defense was gashed for 200 yards rushing, but it still gave up just nine points and forced two turnovers.
Seattle improves to 7-1 and maintains sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
Seattle - 14
St. Louis - 9
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vs. Rams Week 8
Pass Offense: The porous offensive line nearly proved to be too much to compensate for. The unit allowed Russell Wilson to be sacked seven times in the game. Other than an underthrown 80-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate, the passing offense was largely ineffective. Wilson finished with 139 yards and two touchdowns. The loss of Sidney Rice didn't help, but the receiving corps was incapable of getting open all day.
Run Offense: The Seahawks rushed for a total of 44 yards for an average of 2.9 yards per carry. As bad as the passing game was, the running game was just as bad, if not worse. The running game was unable to help the offense sustain any drives.
Pass Defense: The defense made Kellen Clemens pay for two errant throws, and it's tough to say they weren't the difference in the game. Clemens completed 15 of 31 pass attempts for 158 yards and didn't seem to have a full grasp of the offense until the final drive.
Run Defense: Entering the night, Seattle had allowed an average of 91.6 yards rushing per game. But the Seahawks gave up 200 yards tonight. The Rams' running game allowed them to sustain drives, but in the red zone the defensive line stood tough every time.
Special Teams: The coverage teams did a good job of not allowing any big returns that would have likely cost them the game. The coverage units have been good all season and tonight was no different. Jon Ryan had another quality night punting the ball. Steven Hauschka did not attempt a field goal in the game.
Coaching: The offensive play-calling was very questionable throughout this one. Why neither of the offensive tackles were given any help stopping Robert Quinn or Chris Long remains an unanswered query. Each Rams defensive end finished with three sacks.
In the end, the team with more talent ended up winning the game. It was the first game in a while with no Seattle turnovers. Despite the poor play of the offense and nonexistent run defense, the defense gave up just three field goals.
Pass Offense: St. Louis has done a quality job of pressuring Russell Wilson and keeping him in the pocket. Wilson's been sacked four times and pressured on several other attempts. He only managed to throw for 37 yards on 6-of-11 throwing. Seattle's receivers will need to do a better job of getting open, because the St. Louis secondary is showing it's not scared to leave them in man coverage.
Run Offense: Normally, when the Seahawks' passing game gets off to a slow start, they can still count on Marshawn Lynch and Wilson to move the chains with their legs. At the end of the first quarter, the Seahawks offense had minus-one yard. At the half, Lynch has just eight yards on four carries. Seattle has been tackled for a loss six times already.
Pass Defense: "The Legion of Boom" is the sole reason the Seahawks are winning this game at the half, although the two interceptions they have were gift-wrapped by Kellen Clemens. Richard Sherman's long return put the offense in prime position to score, and Seattle still struggled to punch it in.
Run Defense: Zac Stacy and the Rams' rushing attack have been able to give the front seven a bit of trouble, but not enough to cost them the lead. If Clemens is able to get on the same page as his receivers, the 6.1 yards per carry the Rams are averaging will become an issue.
Special Teams: Nothing major has happened on special teams. Jon Ryan is averaging more than 45 yards a punt, and the St. Louis returners haven't made any game-changing plays. The special teams units will need to keep their eyes open for any trickery in the second half, though.
Coaching: Either the Seattle offense has come out flat today, or the Rams came ready to carry their team to victory. Pete Carroll needs to figure out what's happening on offense to stop this game from remaining close.