The rubber match between the Seattle Seahawks was for all intended purposes a Technical Knockout by the Rams. The Rams no.1 ranked defense played liked it. The Rams defensive front was simply dominant and made it a miserable day for Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks offense. The Seahawks offense converted two of 14 third attempts and had two turnovers. Wilson was sacked five times. Here are quick takes from the game.
The RAMS AARON DONALD LIKES SACKING RUSSELL WILSON
Despite most of the second half Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald had another disruptive game against. Donald had two sacks and a tackle that contributed to a woeful first half by the Seahawks. Donald’s two sacks were on the Seahawk’s second offensive possession. The first sack was on 1-25 and the second came two plays later on a 3rd and 20 forcing a Seahawks punt. Leonard Floyd had two sacks and he has sacked Wilson seven times this year. The Rams defense finished the game with five sacks and two turnovers. A fumble a 42-yard pick-six by Darius Williams.
CAM AKERS IS A DIFFERENCE MAKER
Rams rookie running back Cam Akers finished the game with 179 total offensive yards and two touchdowns. His 28 carries for 131 yards led the Rams who had 164 rushing yards as a team. How valuable is Akers to Ram’s offense? In the Rams Wk. 10 win over the Seahawks Akers had 10 receptions for 38 yards. Akers did not play in the Seahawks week 16 win over the Rams.
NO RUN GAME NO PASS GAME
Really no other way to say it. The Seahawks offensive line was manhandled. The Seahawks passing game is based on an effective run game. Going into the game the Seahawks were healthy upfront with the return of Mike Lupati and Brandon Shell. The reality is that Iupati’s has slowed down is unable to keep up with the athletically Rams front line. Running back Chris Carson finished the game with 77 yards rushing. Looks good on paper but deceiving because the team could not run the ball when it wanted. That is the main reason for the atrocious two of 14 on third down stat.
Wide receivers D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett were decent but nowhere close to spectacular on a consistent basis. Metcalf finished the day with five receptions 96 yards and two touchdowns. In all fairness, one of the touchdown receptions was spectacular a second-quarter 51 yard busted cover reception that brought the Seahawks within seven points. Metcalf’s second TD reception was a 12-yard reception with 2:28 left in the game and was a case of too little too late. Lockett had a mere two receptions for 42 yards. A stat life well below his standards.
BIG TAKE AWAY
The Seahawks defense came to play and proved their late-season improvements were for real. Bobby Wagner led the team with 11 tackles and had one sack. Jamal Adams finished with two tackles playing with two broken fingers and a shoulder harness that limited his mobility. DE Jarran Reed recorded two sacks. Jason Myers 36 yd field goal early in the third quarter narrowed the Rams lead to just seven points at 20-12. The Seahawks offense punted on its next four possessions and there was a special team’s fumble on its fifth. The Rams converted the turnover into seven points. No defense can overcome that type of apathy. The Seahawks defense ran out of gas and the Seahawks offense was shell-shocked all afternoon.