March 22, 2018

The Seahawks tried a clever trick play and it was intercepted

09 October 2017, 10:40 | Randolph Howard

Rampaging Rams set their sights on the playoffs

Are the Rams the Real Deal?

Some might say that "the Seahawks are the Seahawks and the Rams are the Rams" is a flawed premise, given how L.A. had beaten Seattle in four of their previous six meetings.

Led by new head coach Sean McVay, and second year quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams are coming off a 35-30 win on the road against the Cowboys. The first sack came with about a minute left in the third quarter when Goff actually stumbled and fell. Todd Gurley isn't going to set yards-from-scrimmage records.

Reality returned to the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Recently the NFC West has been a two-team division between the Seahawks and Cardinals, but this division now belongs to the Seahawks and Rams. We'll continue to work on that. Goff said Watkins was a "little bit confused" on the play and that they talked about what happened on the play.

That said, the Rams had four shots at the end zone in the final seconds from the Seattle 20. So far this season: He has thrown seven touchdown passes, been picked off once and is completing two-thirds of his pass attempts. The second bounced off the hands of diving rookie Cooper Kupp.

Their final drive of the game in the red zone also almost resulted in a game-winning touchdown, as Goff's pass went off the fingertips of Kupp who had beaten his man on the route.

If anything, though, that points to progress. This year's Seahawks haven't been one of those teams - at least through their first five games. They're heading for Jacksonville, then London, will have a week off, then go to NY.

It's not as though the dam broke on the Rams.

The Rams have always been a pill for Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson.

Steelers back at home, ready for run-first Jaguars
The team is averaging only 3.2 yards per carry, which could be the ideal antidote for the Chargers' problems stopping the run. On Pittsburgh's next possession, the Steelers had second-and-10 from their 46 and used one receiver and three tight ends.

Gurley had only 14 carries for 43 yards and caught two passes for 7 yards. So should we be buying into the 3-1 Rams?

But the lack of rushes? But even in the loss, Seattle only postponed the inevitable.

Kupp finished with three catches for 44 yards. The ball, which Gurley was reaching toward the pylon, came loose a split-second before Gurley's foot hit out-of-bounds. With the unknown quantity that is the Seattle running game, it is going to be up to Wilson to make big plays throwing the football. "It was nothing disciplinary", McVay said, calling it a personnel decision. As the season grows longer the defense will be relied upon more, and we know well the real and perceived riffs between that offense and defense. The Rams scored just three points on those marches. "There was a point there that there was no one in the stadium that thought that guy's not scoring and out of nowhere Russell just kicks it in high gear and turns him and also a great effort by McKissic, too, to stay with it so we can get him on the ground".

No such luck this time.

When the Rams drove in the red zone again, Greg Zuerlein missed a 36-yard field goal.

The Seahawks managed 241 yards of offense to LA's 375, but took advantage of five turnovers - two interceptions, three fumbles lost. Sammy Watkins was invisible.

It was Zuerlein's three field goals that led the Rams to a 9-3 win over Seattle previous year.

"It's not just one play", receiver Robert Woods said.

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