Seahawks vs. Rams: 5 Things We Learned in 24-7 Loss
The defense played well for much of the game, as the offense was extremely unproductive.
The Rams now sit at 2-8 and at the bottom of the NFC West with six games to go.
There were some bright spots and some ugly truths evident on Sunday. Here's five things we learned in the 24-7 loss.
Chris Long Is a Great Player
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Despite tweaking his ankle in the first half, Chris Long continued his solid 2011 season on Sunday.
Long recorded a sack and a tackle for loss in the game and showed toughness. Long now has eight sacks on the season.
He has been a true bright spot for the Rams' defense this season and should make the Pro Bowl.
If Steven Jackson Doesn't Have a Big Game, the Rams Struggle
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If Steven Jackson does not have a big game, the Rams struggle on offense.
Before Sunday's contest, Steven Jackson had rushed for 100 yards three consecutive weeks. He was held to 42 on Sunday.
It's no coincidence that the Rams won two of the last three games and lost the other in overtime. In all three games Jackson was the go-to back, and the Rams were able to do some productive things offensively.
Jackson is the main cog in the Rams' offensive unit. When Jackson is shut down, Bradford does not have enough weapons to expose defenses geared up to stop the run.
The Rams Lack Offensive Diversity
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Obviously, the Rams aren't very good. At 2-8 it's hard to argue otherwise.
The Rams lack offensive diversity. While the play calling has been inventive at times, it's impossible to ignore the lack of versatility on this offense.
The Rams cannot consistently run the ball. Jackson's last three games before Seattle are the exception not the norm for this team.
In the passing game, Bradford has been knocked down repeatedly. The addition of Brandon Lloyd has helped, but the group is still among the NFL's most inconsistent and least productive.
The Rams must improve their versatility and ability to run and/or pass consistently.
Rodger Saffold's Absence Was Noticeable
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The Rams offensive line has struggled at times this year but seemed to play better the last three weeks.
The absence of Rodger Saffold on Sunday due to injury was noticeable and hampered the Rams' ability to create any sort of offense outside of their first quarter scoring drive.
Saffold has been a solid contributor for the Rams thus far. His injury was just the latest for the injury laden Rams this season.
Robert Quinn Is Becoming a Good Player
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Robert Quinn is quickly becoming a good player for the Rams.
Quinn recorded five tackles and another sack Sunday. Quinn's three sacks have all come in the last four games.
He is proving to be a good pick by the Rams front office and one the group should point to if their jobs are questioned after the season.