By Shannon Sanchez//@ShannonSanchez3
Rams 42 – Seahawks 7
With the Seattle Seahawks bogged down in injuries, fans were concerned about today’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
As of halftime today, 12’s have to come to the conclusion that there is no more home-field advantage when the majority of the Seahawks All-Pro players are on injured reserve or out of the game. After the disastrous ending of last week’s game, the concern centered on the defense.
With both linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright leaving the game with injuries, the conversation was whether either one or both would be able to play. Earlier in the week, there was the threat of suspensions on defensive ends Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson and defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson. Although Seattle lost Wright for the game having not cleared concussion protocol, everyone else was available for the game. On the offensive side, everyone was relatively healthy.
From the start, this did not have the feel of a typical Seahawks game with a season and division championship on the line. Turning the ball over on the third play of the game began a tailspin that never stopped, untimely holding penalties stalled other drives. LA’s rushing game led by running back Todd Gurley was just dominant. Defensive end Frank Clark admitted, “Poor execution, poor tackling” was part of the implosion.
Todd Gurley has 144 yards and 3 TDs against Seattle… at halftime.
— Patrick (@Patt_Brown) December 17, 2017
Down 34 to 0 at the half, the typical confidence that Seattle would come back to make this a competitive game was unaccounted for. Coming out for the third quarter, things continued to spiral.
Bad protection by the offensive line lead to consecutive sacks on quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson had no successful deep passes until the end of third quarter. He was finally able to complete one to tight end Luke Willson for a touchdown which was the one and only Seattle score of the game.
The play that encapsulated the day was a safety enforced on Seattle with an intentional grounding call on Wilson in the end zone. At one point in the 4th quarter, the cameras found injured safety Kam Chancellor talking to a visibly bemused Wilson on the sidelines. After the game wide receiver, Doug Baldwin cut to the chase, saying “This is an embarrassing loss”. Coach Pete Carroll said, “That was a really dismal performance by us.”
What needs to be said is that the Los Angeles Rams are a strong and balanced team that exposed the many weaknesses and holes of Seattle. Even though there is still a chance that Seattle can make the playoffs, that isn’t the most important thing at the moment. A decimated defense is a bigger concern, and the remaining games will not get easier.
A one-dimensional playbook is another huge issue. Wilson is not only the QB but is also the single biggest contributor to the running game. Wilson is the team’s leading rusher with 482 yards on the season, followed by running back Chris Carson with 208 yards. What speaks volumes about the ineffectiveness of the current Seattle rushing game is the fact that Carson has been on injured reserve since October 2nd.
After a loss like this, there really isn’t much more to say. I’m going to enjoy some chocolate.
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