Key takeaways from the Seahawks loss to the Rams
The Seahawks and Rams traded punches all afternoon at Centurylink Field. The Seahawks had the NFC West leaders on the ropes but couldn’t deliver the knockout punch.
Here are some takeaways from the 33-31 loss to the Rams.
Run Seahawks, Run
Three weeks in a row the Seahawks have had a running back run for over 100 yards in a game. Chris Carson had his 2nd 100 yard game of the season carrying the ball 19 times for 116 on the day. Not too far behind, last weeks 100 yard runner Mike Davis, he finished with 68 yards on 12 carries. The commitment to the run has not wavered and never was it more apparent than against the Rams on Sunday.
Rams running back Todd Gurley is ridiculously good. He makes guys miss and when he finds an opening he takes it. Gurley does everything you would expect the top running back in the NFL to do. He finished with 77 yards on 22 carries and scored 3 touchdowns. Only the Cardinals allowed Gurley fewer yards rushing this season, he ran for 42 vs Arizona in week 2.
The Rams needed only 6 inches to convert a 4th and 1 with only 1:39 left in the game. Rams coach Todd McVay figured to go for it and get 6 inches and win the game would be better than dealing with the variables that would have occurred following a punt. The Rams has some extra time to decide on going for it after the Seahawks called a timeout. They got it. Game over. But Pete Carroll’s decision to call timeout and give the Rams extra time to decide what to do is debatable.
More David Moore
Russell Wilson connected with David Moore on two touchdown passes. One for 3 yards the other for 30. More proof that Russell Wilson is getting more and more comfortable with his receiving group.
Moore has upgraded the Seahawks touchdown celebrations. After his 1st career Td Moore jumped an imaginary jump rope along with Jaron Brown and Doug Baldwin.
Right side gone wrong
The Seahawks were called for only 7 penalties all day. The 6th and 7th penalties likely cost them the win. Germain Ifedi had a false start and that pushed the Seahawks back 5 yards but it was the 10 yard penalty for holding on DJ Fluker that knocked the Seahawks out of field goal range. In regards to the Fluker penalty Pete Carroll was furious, “It just pissed me off, that that was how this thing ended.”
That penalty pushed what would have been a 52 yard field goal for Sebastian Janikowski to 62 yards. A field goal attempt Pete Carroll said he didn’t consider. Knowing Janikowski’s ability to hit long field goals and the fact that Graham Gano won the game for Carolina over the Giants with a 63-yard field goal yesterday it may have been a good idea to at least consider it.
A loss is a loss
While it was a disappointing loss for the Seahawks there seemed to be a collective feeling in the locker room after the game that this is the brand of Seahawks football this team wants to play and will continue to play. They ran the ball, created opportunities for the offense and the defense slowed down one of the best offenses in the league.
Bradley McDougald said it best in the locker room: “We don’t do moral victories”. But they did improve and the Seahawks seem to be making a significant turn on both sides of the ball. Now..on to London to face the Raiders at Wembley. Tally-ho!!!