Los Angeles Rams( 10-4) running back Todd Gurley rushed for 152 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Rams played the part of rude guest in their 45 to 7 statement-making victory over the Seattle Seahawks (8-6).
The build-up to the game was that of a playoff showdown as the top two teams in the NFC West were set for the title showdown. The Rams had a one-game lead over the Seahawks while Seattle was looking to sweep the Rams after a 16-10 win over the Rams in LA on October 8th.
The anticipated NFC West showdown never materialized as the Rams had their way with the hosts. The Rams jumped out to a 13-0 lead after just nine minutes of play. Greg Zuerlein gave the Rams the 3-0 lead with a 36-yard field after a Tanner McEvoy fumble on Seattle’s opening possession gave the Rams the ball on the Seattle 40 yard line. McEvoy grabbed a Russell Wilson toss rambled 22 yards before the fateful fumble.
Zuerlein’s second field goal from 31 yards made it 6-0 and Gurley’s one-yard TD run after a Seattle three and out gave the visitors the 13-0 lead and they never looked back as Gurley scored two second-quarter rushing touchdowns and Jared Goff hit Robert Woods with a one-yard touchdown pass for the 34 to 0 halftime lead.
Goff hit Gurley with a 14-yard pass to give the Ram work hoarse his fourth touchdown of the day, first in the air as the Rams extended their lead to 40-0. Seattle got on the board on a 26-yard pass play from Wilson to Luke Wilson with 1:28 left in the third quarter to make 40-7. A safety against Wilson for throwing out of the end zone to avoid a sack gave the Rams their final two points.
For Seattle, the loss left more questions than answers. Where the Rams that good? If so how did Seattle backslide since the two teams last met? While Seattle was hit with injuries to three Pro Bowl players on its defense, this loss was not just about the Rams offense, it was through a beat down on all facets of the game. A surprising result given what was at stake.