The Seattle Seahawks went to St. Louis with the goal of earning their second road victory on the season. Combining solid defense with a few timely offensive plays, the Seahawks (4-6) did just that.
The Rams (2-8) had shown signs of life over the last three weeks, posting two wins and an overtime loss. However, Steven Jackson's string of three straight 100-yard games came to a crashing halt, gaining just 42 yards on 15 carries (2.8 YPC).
Seattle responded with a heavy dose of their own ground game. While averaging just 3.2 yards per carry, Seattle still posted 126 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns.
Tarvaris Jackson struggled early, throwing two early interceptions. However, he rebounded with a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice and finished with 148 yards on 14-of-24 passing.
The win is exactly how Pete Carroll said he wants to play. Seattle played strong defense and offered a conservative offense. It hasn't always been enough this season, but certainly worked today.
Seattle still has an incredibly slight possibility of making the playoffs. Their remaining schedule is quite favorable. They will travel to Chicago and host the 49ers, but there isn't a game remaining the Seahawks simply can't win.
Back in reality, the Seahawks fans will enjoy the wins. Some will lament the loss of playoff positioning, as every win puts them one step further from snagging an elite quarterback prospect in April. However, solid play down the stretch is more important than draft positioning.
Young players on the Seahawks roster will learn from winning, and the second half of the season can set a tone for the 2012 season. Head coach Pete Carroll will certainly not allow his team to stop competing and looking to find equilibrium on his units.
The defense is working through how much pressure they should attempt to apply on the quarterback vs. whom to drop into pass defense.
On the other side of the ball, Seattle is juggling an emerging run game with a struggling passing attack.
There will likely be several key new faces on both units in 2012. The core of this team is already in-house, though, which makes finishing strong a priority.