By Shannon Sanchez // @Shannonsanchez3
Seahawks 16 – Rams 10
This was a familiar moment. The one at the end of the game where your palms are sweaty, your knees are weak, the dogs are bewildered, and your kids are apologizing to their friends because their mother is a raving maniac. Your beloved Seahawks are playing dominant and yet ineffective at the same time.
One side making great plays while the other side is incapable of moving the ball or stopping the opponent. Your team going right down to the last 8 seconds before securing a win and having a knack for making football watching the best cardio workout of the week. Oh wait, maybe that wasn’t you, maybe that was me.
Going into this game, there was a lot of concern for Seahawks fans. If there is one team that is the proverbial thorn in our side, it is the Los Angeles Rams. No matter what their record is, they play the Seahawks very tough. The Rams have won four of their last six games. The Seahawks are playing in Los Angeles, on a grass field, where they have a 1-5 record. They happen to be playing the number one scoring offense this year.
The Seahawks were missing running back Chris Carson, who was out with a broken leg and high ankle sprain. He’s seemed to be the answer at running back lately. They were also missing their steadfast force on the defensive line. Defensive end Cliff Avril, as well as linebacker Jeremy Lane, who has always capitalized on turnovers, were both out with injuries.
The game got off to a slow start, just like we’re used to. The offense sputtered, and the defense was allowing long drives. Quarterback Russell Wilson looked both terrible and brilliant. The run game became non-existent since the loss of Chris Carson. But then, the defense came alive by getting some turnovers.
Safety Earl Thomas came up with what was arguably the most crucial turnover for the Seahawks. He stripped the ball at the goal pylon from running back Todd Gurley which resulted in a touchback for Seattle and no points for Los Angeles. Wide Receiver Tavon Austin muffed a punt return and strong safety Neiko Thorpe was there to recover for Seattle.
The Seahawks defense weren’t the only ones getting turnovers. Wilson threw two interceptions. T The Rams scored the first 10 points, but the Seahawks came back to tie at the end of the first half making the Seahawks fans breathe a sigh of relief as Wilson found tight end Jimmy Graham in the end zone.
The second half became a narrative of the defenses. Defensive end Frank Clark made his presence known by forcing a late-game fumble and pressuring quarterback Jared Goff. Clark, filling the very big shoes of injured Cliff Avril rose to the occasion. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was another hero of the defense with a third-quarter interception in the Red Zone and a fourth-quarter fumble recovery that was forced by Clark. Thomas intercepted Goff again in the 4th quarter.
And yet with all the good news there is still some concern about the third down offense. Los Angeles had 21 first downs to Seattle’s 15, many coming in the second half on long yardage. The offense couldn’t seem to get going in the second half. The Seahawks scored two field goals but only one of those field goals came off turnovers.
Despite all the turnovers, Los Angeles was still in the game with 69 seconds left. They quickly went down the field and had four chances to get a touchdown and win the game. With eight seconds left Goff threw an incomplete pass on 4th and 10, effectively ending the game.
The Seahawks have a bye week coming up. Seahawks fans can use that time to research coping techniques, stress reduction, or anxiety relievers.
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